As the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League draws to its conclusion, with the final event being COD Champs 2020, rumours surrounding what the next season of competition could look like have begun to surface.
In a recent interview with Seattle Surge superstar Sam “Octane” Larew, Chicago Huntsmen CEO Hector “Hecz” Rodriguez unveiled rumours surrounding a potential change to the CDL format for the 2021 season.
This is the first occasion that the public has found about any form of changes being implemented for next season. Considering that the rumour has come from Hecz, it’s hard not to take it with a pinch of salt.
CDL 2021 Played Online?
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In the July 25th episode of The Eavesdrop Podcast, Hecz reveals that the CDL is going to continue online for the majority of the 2021 season, with the addition of “three homestand events” as opposed to all events taking place in an offline environment.
Given the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, the CDL continuing online is certainly the safest option but several players have been opposed to online play, with some notable names suggesting that they will be taking a break from competing.
Alongside the lack of a pause feature for online play, the lack of dedicated servers has also been a topic of conversation.
The poor performance of servers throughout the online era of the CDL hasn’t been up to standard, allowing the potential of offline events to make a return if the correct safety measures are in place.
In an ideal world, offline events would be taking place but the safety of everyone involved in the league has to be of priority.
If the global situation does improve, a bubble similar to how the NBA and Formula One is operating could well be the way forward but for the time being, professional Call of Duty doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.