With the popularity of video games increasing every year, the same growth can be expected in terms of the content we get our hands on. In just the past few years we have seen some of the most incredible experiences yet, whether it was the immersive open world of Grand Theft Auto V or the stirring narrative told within The Last of Us. And as the devices we play these games on only continue to get better be it a console, smartphone, handheld, tablet, or PC there will be new trends to watch for in the process. Here’s a look at some of the factors sure to influence gaming in the year(s) to come.
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The Call of Duty Championship begins in 2 days. The top 31 teams, originally 32 until the team from Brazil was disqualified, from around the world will be converging on LA this weekend to compete for a $1 million prize pool. The teams will have first compete and make it thru the group stage and then from there its on to the double elimination bracket that only 16 of the top 31 will make it to. From this bracket only on will be crowned the Call of Duty Champion. The groups have been announced already and they are all set for this weekend.
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This Saturday begin the US Regional Finals. This is the final step for these 16 teams to qualify to the Call of Duty Championship in LA at the end of the month. 8 of these 16 teams will qualify to COD Champs where they will face off agianst 24 other teams from the around the world for glory and a $1 million prize pool. The 16 teams fighting for a chance at the to go to LA are Complexity, Envy, Optic Gaming, Faze, Curse LV, Curse NY, Denial East, Deanial West (formally known as eLevate), Strictly Business, Final Boss, Team Kaliber, JusTus, Adversity, Vexx Gaming, Rise (formally known as Living The Dream), and Xfinity (formally known as TVA). The tournament will then continue into sunday to determine who will come into COD Champs as the US Region al Champion. All games will be played on the Xbox One and can be seen exclusively on MLG.tv. In addition to that the bracket for this weekends event has been released and some big match-ups can end up happening to qualify.
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Today, MLG announced another online league starting on Feb. 17. 10 of the top Call of Duty Pro teams will compete in a six week long league where the top 6 teams will go to PAX East to compete at the Turtle Beach booth in a live playoff on April 11th – 13th for $15,000 prize pool, $7,000 for first place. The teams that are set to compete in this league are Optic Gaming, Complexity, Team Kaliber, Curse LV, Envy, Faze, Strictly Business, JusTus, Curse NY and Curse Youth. Each weekday will include 6 matches from the league and 12 matches in the weekends, with each team having a total of 36 matches overall. All matches will be streamed exclusively on MLG.tv just like last time including the playoff at PAX East. All action starts Monday Feb. 17 3pm PST/ 7pm EST on MLG.tv.
Yesterday was the last day for the online qualifiers for the US Region. 500 more teams competed for 8 more spots for the Regional Finals for the Call of Duty Championship. In the end many good teams came out but again it wasn’t until round 5 and 6 when things got interesting. In the end the teams the qualified were Denial, Curse NY, TVA Clan, Elevate, Sigma, Adversity, Final Boss and Living the Dream. These teams will join the other 8 teams that came out of last weeks qualifiers at the Regional Finals that will be held in March 9th at Full Sail University in Florida. Until then all these teams have a whole month to practice and prepare for this final step that leads to COD Champs.