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Call of Duty League playoffs and Championship details announced: Format, prize pool and start date

The Call of Duty League playoffs and Championship have been confirmed for August, with some shifts in the format and prize pool.

Details have been announced for the Call of Duty League playoffs and Championship weekend, including some changes to the format. 

The Championship weekend represents the culmination of this year’s Call of Duty League, with one team picking up the lion’s share of a .6 million prize pool. 

So how will the playoffs and Championship go down? Here’s the details on what to expect. 


When are the Call of Duty League playoffs and Championship weekend? 

The 2020 Call of Duty League playoffs start on Wednesday 19th August at 5pm BST/12pm ET/3pm PT and span across four days. 

The final four teams will proceed to the Championship weekend taking place on 29th and 30th August. 

Call of Duty League
The finals will take place online (Picture: CDL) 


How will the Call of Duty League playoffs work?

Teams will be split divided across a winner’s bracket and an elimination bracket depending on their placement in the Call of Duty League standings. The top eight teams start in the winner’s bracket, while the remaining teams are placed in elimination. 

Any team that loses in the elimination bracket is out of the tournament, while teams which lose in the winner’s bracket are bumped down to elimination. 

All matches will be played in an online format and will be best-of-five. The finals however will be a best-of-nine format, with the team from the winner’s bracket starting with a 1-0 lead. 

CDL playoffs bracket
The brackets for the Call of Duty League finals (Picture: CDL) 


What is the playoffs prize pool distribution? 

A total of $4.6 million is up for grabs across the Championship weekend and playoffs, which will be distributed as shown below. 

  • 1st place: $1.5 million
  • 2nd place: $900,000
  • 3rd place: $600,000
  • 4th place: $450,000
  • 5th place: $300,000 (2 teams)
  • 7th place: $175,000 (2 teams)
  • 9th place: $100,000


How can I watch the playoffs and Championship weekend?

Much like the rest of the season, the Call of Duty League is streamed exclusively on YouTube


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