The largest Call of Duty fan event in franchise history is starting today with Call fo Duty XP n Inglewood, California. Call of Duty XP is a multi-day fan celebration that gives fans the ability to have the first public hands-on with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Multiplayer and Zombies in Spaceland Modes, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Multiplayer, and new DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
Call of Duty XP takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, California today through September 4. Inside, the arena is filled with eager fans waiting to cheer on their favorite teams in the Call of Duty® World League Championship, presented by PlayStation 4, as teams attempt to survive four days of intense competition playing Black Ops III, and fight for their share of the $2 million prize pool, the biggest prize purse in Call of Duty history.
Inside the Forum, the arena will be filled with fans eager to cheer on their favorite teams in the first Call of Duty World League Championship, presented by PlayStation 4. Fans will follow the action, as 32 teams from around the world play Call of Duty: Black Ops III, including fan-favorites Optic Gaming and FaZe Clan from North America, Millenium from Europe, and Mindfreak representing Australia/New Zealand, battle it out for their share of 2 million dollars. It’s the culmination of a year of intense competition, with the winners being crowned on Sunday when the best teams remain.
“This is it. The ultimate competitive stage for Call of Duty,” said Rob Kostich, executive vice president and general manager, Call of Duty. “This first year of the Call of Duty World League has featured some of the best competition in Call of Duty history, as well as the most fan support we’ve ever seen. The matches all the way through the finals on Sunday will be intense and really fun to watch. We have the biggest prize pool ever for the franchise up for grabs and the best players on the planet competing for the championship.”
Attendees have the opportunity to play Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer mode, and can directly broadcast their gameplay live on Facebook with their custom capture RFID set-up. Additionally, attendees have the opportunity to play Infinite Warfare’s Zombies in Spaceland mode, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered multiplayer, as well as new Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer content from Treyarch’s soon-to-be-released fourth downloadable content offering, Salvation.
Attendees can also try the Call of Duty PlayStation VR experience “Jackal Assault” which immerses them in the cockpit and putting them in control of a Jackal, the personal fighter jet in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. When not playing video games, attendees can participate in a large variety of activities at COD XP such as paintball and laser tag.
“Call of Duty XP is like a theme-park that leapt out of a video game into the real world. It’s our way of saying thank you to our fans for inspiring us to keep pushing and innovating each and every year,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. “Every detail of this weekend’s activities has been meticulously crafted. From the Finals of the first season of the Call of Duty World League being played inside the sold-out Forum, to having more playable content than we’ve ever had at a single event before. And of course, this is a one-of-a-kind experience that would be on every Call of Duty fan’s bucket list. It’s a celebration of the greatest fans in entertainment and one of the greatest franchises in entertainment.”
Nuketown paintball, set in a life-sized, recreation of the fan-favorite Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer map. Fans watching at home can participate through “Twitch Plays Nuketown” at http://www.twitch.tv/TwitchPlaysNuketown, which allows them to vote through Twitch chat to activate various paint weapons during each match, including a sentry, smoke grenade, and claymore and watch the action unfold live
Infinite Warfare’s Zombies in Spaceland laser tag, themed in the ‘80s-inspired setting of the new game mode. Call of Duty zipline experience, which mirrors the in-game mechanic seen in numerous Call of Duty multiplayer maps. Juggernaut Wrestling, a face to face intense cage match where fans will engage in combat while wearing inflatable Juggernaut suits. At Call of Duty XP attendees can check out a Call of Duty armory and franchise museum, or take some silly photos at the Call of Duty photo booths. Attendees can check out Call of Duty developer panels which going behind-the-scenes with game creators for some of the top Call of Duty titles. The developer panels look like they provide a lot of information on the Call of Duty Universe. The panels can be checked out at the Call of Duty Blog.
If all those activities weren’t enough, attendees will get to enjoy a special performance by entertainment icon Snoop Dogg and multi-award-winning rapper Wiz Khalifa on Sunday. The whole event seems like a blast and I wish I could have gone. This weekend was such a tough decision between Call of Duty XP and PAX West.
Select Call of Duty XP events, as well as the Call of Duty World League Championship will be live streamed in HD online. Gamers around the world can check out the action onTwitch at www.twitch.tv/callofduty, on YouTube at www.youtube.com/callofduty, and www.callofduty.com. CWL fans can also watch all the Black Ops III esports action on MLG.TV and in-game (BOIII PS4) through Live Event Viewer.