Call of Duty esports scene lost three high caliber teams. At least for this franchised World League inaugural season. Gen.G, Luminosity and Team Reciprocity, in fact, won’t take part in the tournament in 2020.
The announcement for Team Reciprocity arrived with a tweet of the CEO Chard Larsson. After the players announced their free agents status.
“Unfortunately Reciprocity will not be participating in season 1 of @CODWorldLeague franchising. It’s been an awesome year, grateful for the opportunity to have made a mark in the #CWL scene.”
Unfortunately Reciprocity will not be participating in season 1 of @CODWorldLeague franchising.
— Chad Larsson (@ChadLarsson) August 28, 2019
Despite 2019 has been the first year in Call of Duty for Reciprocity, the team did well. They didn’t win any tournament but collected four 2° places and a 3°place at the Major in Fort Worth.
Gen.G and Luminosity are probably out from the Call of Duty League as well
Alongside Team Reciprocity also Gen.G and Luminosity won’t have a spot in the upcoming city-based Call of Duty World League.
Accordingly to Dot Esports‘s sources, Gen.G, in particular, was close to secure a spot in the league. Then, late in negotiations, the parts failed to reach a deal.
Gen.G wouldn’t have been new to compete in a city-based league. The organization, in fact, already competes in the Overwatch League with the Seoul Dynasty team.
Similar situation for Luminosity that didn’t manage to secure a spot in the 2020 league. Luminosity competes in Overwatch as well, with the Vancouver Titans. In Call of Duty, this year, they won the Call of Duty World League Fort Worth tournament in March.
Though, the two organizations didn’t confirm the news at this moment.
The confirmed teams that will compete in the Call of Duty League, at the moment are nine. Dallas, Minnesota, Atlanta, New York, Toronto, Paris, Florida, have one team each while Los Angeles has two. More teams should probably join the league, but it isn’t clear how many, yet. As Activision hasn’t confirmed the league’s size for its opening season.