LA, Florida franchises added to Call of Duty League

Activision Blizzard Esports has announced that Misfits Gaming and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment have acquired franchise slots for its new Call of Duty league.

Misfits Gaming’s team will be based in Florida, while the Kroenke franchise will be based in Los Angeles. ESPN has previously reported that franchise spots in the new league will cost $25m (€22.5m).

The teams join previously announced franchises in New York, Toronto, Paris, Dallas, Atlanta and Minnesota, along with another Los Angeles-based team.

The announcement comes after US team eUnited won the final world championships that were held under the league’s previous 16-team structure. The new league is scheduled to launch in 2020 and will take on a similar structure to the Overwatch League.

“Both ownership groups have a shared commitment to the growth of esports and building professional teams in their markets that home fans can be proud of and rally behind in the new city-based format,” Call of Duty esports commissioner Johanna Faries said in a statement reported by the Reuters news agency.

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment also owns NFL American football team the Los Angeles Rams, NBA basketball franchise the Denver Nuggets and NHL ice hockey outfit Colorado Avalanche, along with Overwatch League franchise the Los Angeles Gladiators.