- Call of Duty: Mobile is free-to-play on Android and iOS devices.
- Eligible players will get a chance to compete for a spot at the World Championship Finals.
- The tournament will also reward winners with in-game merchandise.
Call of Duty: Mobile World Championship, the tournament will allow players to compete for a total prize pool of more than $2 million.
The tournament is Activision’s first attempt at turning a mobile game into an esports event. It’s also an effort to keep pace with looming competition from other free mobile games that are steadily outpacing console titles in popularity.
The $2 million prize pool isn’t the largest ever offered by a mobile game tournament — last year, Tencent and PUBG Corp.’s “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile” game offered $2 million to the winners of its 2019 Club Open tournament.
Matt Lewis, vice president, mobile at Activision said:
The momentum worldwide for Call of Duty: Mobile is incredible as our players continue to have a great time playing”. “Picking up from last year’s competition, we’ve increased the prize money up for grabs and number of teams that can qualify, so there are even more reasons for fans to prove they’ve got what it takes to be the best.”
Announcing the tournament, Activision confirmed that the Call of Duty: Mobile World Championship will start on June 3, 2021. Presented by Sony, the tournament will have the company’s newest flagship smartphone, Xperia 1 III, as its official mobile device.
The Call of Duty: Mobile World Championship 2021 Presented by Sony is open to eligible entrants across the world and will be conducted regionally in multiple stages. Eligible players can compete for a spot at the World Championship Finals via in-game competition in select regions and also via other tournaments (detail forthcoming). Fans can watch players show off their skills on the new official Call of Duty: Mobile Esports YouTube channel.
Activision implemented a few rules — the game must be played strictly on a mobile phone, anyone using Bluetooth or wired controllers, and mice or keyboards will be ineligible to win points and rank up. Desktop emulators that mimic the mobile game on a PC will also be disqualified.
The tournament offers in-game rewards in addition to cash prizes, and players can redeem them when they register and reach certain point thresholds.
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