The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the live sports betting schedule since mid-March. Just about every major sport and sporting event has been impacted one way or the other. This also includes the world of eSports and various leagues that compete in that realm.

As noted by ESPN, this year’s Call of Duty League will hold their playoffs online as opposed to staging live events for all the participants. This also includes Championship Weekend.

@CODLeague on Twitter

In an official tweet released by the Call of Duty League@CODLeague, it was noted:

“In light of continued COVID-19 health risks, the CDL postseason will be held online. The League and teams are collaborating on additional competitive integrity measures to be taken. More updates to follow in delivering the best experience for all.”

This Twitter post was released on Sunday, July 5. The League added the following statement in a blog post that same day:

“Due to continuing health risks associated with COVID-19 and our collective priority focus on protecting the safety of our teams, players, league staff and partner personnel, the remainder of the season will be held online. This decision was made with great care, communication and consideration over the course of many discussions.”

Universal Camera Setup

In order to make the transition to an online competition, the CDL will be addressing certain technical aspects as well. Each competing team will be equipped with a universal camera setup. These cameras can be set up on a competitor by competitor basis.

This will give CDL officials the ability to view and check all the equipment involved. This includes consoles, controllers and monitors. All players will need to be seated and visible on camera when the ‘ready check’ status is posted ahead of the start of competitive play.

This new system is expected to be in place and functional by Friday, July 10. This date coincides with the debut of the New York Subliners online Home Series.


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Server Tests

Other plans include the testing of servers. Each team can decide which ones they choose to play on through a veto system. This has been increased from three to five out of a total pool of nine. This includes the playoffs as well as Championship Weekend. You can check out those and all other eSports matches right here at Scores and Stats.

In order to conduct all the proceedings online, the CDL will be increasing its production staff along with the technical personnel and officiating staff. There will be updated information on the proceedings in the coming days and weeks.

Home Series

The schedule for the remainder of the regular season consists of three more Home Series. The New York series will run from July 10-12. The London series is slated for July 17-19 and the Toronto Series wraps things up July 24-26.

The playoffs will begin after that and feature a total prize pool of $4.6 million. The winning team would get a share equaling $2 million. Back in March, CDL officially left open the possibility of the playoffs being contested in person.

More recently, a new playoff formant was released. Every team in the league would be able to participate under the new structure. It has now been determined that this new structure will have to be held online.

At the end of June, the CDL also decided the postseason format and prize pool for the Challengers. This is an official amateur competition that will also be contested online.

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I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.

It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.

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