At a $25M price tag, the biggest question mark in the Call of Duty scene has been franchising. At the time of writing, we have nine confirmed teams:

NameLocationOwnerExisting COD team?Existing OWL team?
COD MinnesotaMinnesotaEsports WISE (Gary Vaynerchuk)NoNo
COD TorontoTorontoOveractive Media (Owners of Splyce)SplyceToronto Defiant
Florida CODMiamiMisfitsGGNoFlorida Mayhem
Optic GamingLAImmortalsOptic GamingHouston Outlaws
COD DallasDallasEnvyEnvyDallas Fuel
ATL CODAtlantaAtlanta Esports VenturesNoAtlanta Reign
CWL NYCNYCSterling VCNoNY Excelsior
COD ParisParisContact Gaming NoNo
LA CODLAKroenke Sports & EntertainmentNoLA Gladiators
Seattle CODSeattleEnthusiast Gaming/Luminosity GamingYesVancouver Titans
Chicago CODChicagoNRGNoSF Shock
London CODLondonReKTGlobalNoNo

Update: 9/13/2019 the Seattle, Chicago, and London franchises were announced. That brings our total up to 12 teams!

What’s interesting from the list is how many organizations that are in the Overwatch League are entering the Call of Duty scene. While Activision gave them priority on franchise spots, they didn’t need to bite. These seven organizations buying into Activision’s claims to grow the CDL is a testament to the successes of the Overwatch League. These organizations have obviously seem some positive return from their OWL franchises and are confident enough in Activision to follow suit.

On the flip side to these seven, the existing Call of Duty teams are not taking the pitch. With the announcement of 100 Thieves not entering into the Call of Duty League today, here are the existing Call of Duty teams that have decided not to purchase a franchise spot for the CDL 2020:

  • 100 Thieves
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Team Reciprocity
  • GenG

And here are the existing Call of Duty teams that have not announced anything:

  • FaZe Clan
  • Luminosity Gaming (Update 9/13/19 – Entered with Seattle COD)
  • eUnited
  • Enigma6

So we have seven teams from Overwatch that believe in Activision to give them a positive return on their $25M investment and we have at least three Call of Duty teams that have seen the space and don’t believe that’s the case (or they are seeing their return and just don’t have the money for it). So which one is it? Do the Overwatch organizations know more than the existing Call of Duty orgs? Only time will tell.

Here are some major esports organizations that are in OWL/LOL/CS GO and should be on the lookout for any announcements:

  • Cloud9 (Owner of London Spitfire)
  • Kraft Group (Owner of Boston Uprising)
  • Comcast Spectactor (Owner of Philadelphia Fusion)
  • Washington Esports Ventures (Owner of Washington Justice)
  • NRG Esports (Owner of San Francisco Shock) (Update 9/13/19 – Entered with Chicago COD)
  • Aquilini Investment Group (Owner of Vancouver Titans) (Update 9/13/19 – Entered with Seattle COD)
  • aXiomatic (Owner of Team Liquid)
  • Team SoloMid
  • Madison Square Garden Company (Owner of Counter Logic Gaming)
  • Echo Fox
  • FlyQuest
  • Golden State Warriors (Owner of Golden Guardians)
  • Houston Rockets (Owner of Clutch Gaming)

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