tumblr_n28g46bX6X1rsz1wuo1_1280.jpgOnly a few days remain until the 2014 Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox begins, with professional teams from around the globe competing for a $1 million prize pool.


Whether you’ve followed Call of Duty® eSports in the past or you’re new to the scene, it’s an event that shouldn’t be missed. Practicing day in and day out, these players are set to take the trophy and defeat anyone in their path to victory.


Here’s what you need to know:


Who’s Involved


The tournament will feature the best Call of Duty®: Ghosts players in the world, representing over 15 countries across six continents including North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.


11 of the world’s top Call of Duty casters will be providing play-by-play commentary throughout the event. The teams have qualified through a number of rigorous tournaments, with many of the participating casters having performed with them along the way.


See our Groups and Casters post for a full rundown of all the teams and countries participating.


Live the Experience


Wonder what it takes to make it to the 2014 Call of Duty Championship podium? Live the experience through Xbox LIVE’s US regional recap.



US Regional Recap



What’s at Stake


First, the prize money. $1 million is no small pool, divided up amongst the top eight teams.


1st: $400,000

2nd: $200,000

3rd: $120,000

4th: $100,000

5th: $70,000

6th: $50,000

7th: $35,000

8th: $25,000


As any sports fan knows, however, the money’s just one part of the equation. Competitive pride and former rivalries drive every team toward the status of Call of Duty World Champion.


See our 2014 Official Rules post for insight on the tournament’s rules and regulations. Check the ‘Tournament Play & Winner Determination’ section for some great info on the logistics of group play and which maps and game modes teams will be competing in.


And don’t forget – if you’re in a Call of Duty: Ghosts Clan and want a real taste of what eSports competition is like, check out the in-game Clan vs. Clan playlist with eSports rules enabled. This will give you a better idea of what it’s like to compete in an official tournament.


When and Where to Watch


The 2014 Call of Duty Championship takes place from March 28th through March 30th in Los Angeles, California. The action begins on Friday at 9am PDT.


Games will be streamed online throughout the weekend at MLG.tv, on your mobile phone or your tablet. You can also download the MLG app on Xbox 360 to watch directly from the console.


The Final will be broadcast on Xbox One and Xbox 360 from 3pm PDT on Sunday.


Double XP


To make sure you get the most out of the weekend, we’re activating Double XP for Call of Duty: Ghosts starting on Friday, March 28th through Monday, March 30th. Learn from the professionals and test out new strategies between games, all while leveling up with double the speed.


More to Come

Stay up to date with the latest championship info by following us on Twitter (@eSportsCOD and @InfinityWard) and on the web via www.callofduty.com/eSports. We’ve got some surprises in store in addition to the tournament play, so keep your eyes and ears tuned and don’t miss out.


Good luck to all the teams, casters and viewers involved and enjoy the tournament!