Activision has announced the first-ever run of its brand new competitive program, the World Series of Warzone.
The full program features four individual online Call of Duty: Warzone competitive events with each featuring a prize pool of $300,000 USD—the largest amount of any tournament since the game's release. Only the best and brightest of the Warzone scene will be selected to show their stuff in the games and compete for praise, prizes, and a massive payout.
Here's how it works.
World Series of Warzone Pits COD's Best Head-to-Head for $300K
The program features four distinct competitions: a separate duos and trios tournament in both North America and Europe. As stated above, each of the four has its own prize pool of $300K—which means Activision is basically writing a $1.2 million check for this program, alone.
How It Works
So far, only the details of the North American Trios tournament have been confirmed. However, we can likely expect they'll at least be similar to the Duos and translate directly for European players.
50 trios and 75 duos teams will compete over six matches inside a custom WSOW lobby map for the initial $200,000 USD. In trios, points are awarded per kill per squadmate per match while in duos they are awarded each kill per player over all maps. These totals will multiply based on their placement per match. For example, teams that place first will have their points doubled. Brackets for second and third place differ between trios and duos.
The extra $100,000 USD is reserved for the "Captains Cup" made up of trios headed by five individually selected Call of Duty Influencers. The captains will draft a team of trios based on a pre-established draft pool in a 9-round live draft until each has 30 players per captain team. Prize money is awarded according to how well each team does with the captain earning $20,000 USD and each individual member getting an additional $1000 USD.
Who Can Compete
A select few players will be personally invited by Activision and given a golden ticket into the World Series of Warzone (WSOW) events. On top of that, each of the 12 recognized Warzone teams will have the chance to invite a squad of their own.
Everyone else, however, will have to prove they have what it takes in the WSOW Open Qualifiers. So far, only the North American Trios Qualifier has been announced, but we can expect there will be individual tournaments for each of the corresponding competitions within the program.
For those worried about players skipping the line thanks to the platform's prolific cheating plague, Activision has revealed that each account will undergo "an extensive and internal Activision security check." Accounts found to be in poor standing will be banned from all Activision-sponsored Warzone events.
More information about the program is available on the official World Series of Warzone website.
The first competition will be the WSOW NA Trios on June 23. Captains will draft their squads the day before on June 22.