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Friday, February 1, 2013

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Tournament

           Activision and XBOX have teamed up to bring a Call of Duty: Black Ops II tournament with a $1 million prize pool to Hollywood, CA on April 5-7.
           The tournament will be broadcast on Xbox Live, and the Championship game will be broadcast on elite.callofduty.com.  Activision also said there would be, “more details to come” about the broadcast schedule for the tourney.
Thirty-two teams of four will compete for the $1 million prize pool.  First place takes home $400,000, second place gets $200,000, and third place gets $120,000.  The top 8 teams will receive some moolah.
           American players can earn a spot in the tournament by signing up for the Championship Series on Xbox Live (sign up here).  The top eight ranked teams in the Championship Series at the end of February will earn an invite to the tournament.  Also, the top eight teams from the MLG Winter Championship held on March 15-17 in Dallas, TX earn spots.  Another eight teams will come from the European Finals held in Cologn, Germany on March 16-17.  The final eight spots will go to international teams, with details on how to qualify to be released soon.
           There will be three game modes in the tournament; Search and Destroy (with eight rotating maps), Capture the Flag (with four rotating maps), and Hardpoint (with seven rotating maps). The tournament will start with round-robin pool play among eight groups of four teams.  The top two teams from each group will advance to a 16 team double-elimination bracket.
           Black Ops II is insanely popular worldwide, racking up 150 million combined hours of online play worldwide in the first 15 days after its release. CEO of Activision Publishing Eric Hirshberg said, ‘More people play Call of Duty multiplayer every day than watch the average regular season game of the NBA.’  Treyarch Studio's developed Black Ops II with a commitment to make eSports, ‘…an integral part of the game’ said studio head Mark Lamia.
           For more information, check out the tournaments main website.

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