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Call of Duty Championship coming in April from Activision and Microsoft with $1M purse

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The Call of Duty Championship is an eSports tournament featuring the billion-dollar franchise's latest entry, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, that will be presented this April by Activision, Microsoft, Major League Gaming and the Electronic Sports League, the companies announced today.

The tournament, whose official title includes the phrase "presented by Xbox," will run from April 5-7 in Hollywood, Calif., with a total prize pool of $1 million. It will pit 32 of the world's top Call of Duty teams against each other in Black Ops 2 multiplayer matches on Xbox 360, and will be livestreamed on the web.

"The scale and passion of the Call of Duty fan base is simply humbling, and yet there is no formal way to find out who amongst those millions of players is the best of the best, until now," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, in a press release announcing the tournament.

"We are going to bring the best players in the world to Hollywood to compete on the ultimate stage, for the ultimate prize," he added. "And we are going to invite our entire worldwide fan base to join in the fun."

Anybody with a Call of Duty Elite account can compete in the tournament. The eight best four-person teams from Black Ops 2 League Play in February will gain entry into the Call of Duty Championship. They will be joined by the top eight teams from the 2013 Winter Championship of the Major League Gaming 2013 Pro Circuit. The third segment of the Call of Duty Championship bracket will consist of eight winning teams from the Electronic Sports League's European Finals, and the final group of eight spots will go to teams from Asia, Australia and Brazil.

More details, including the prize pool breakdown, are available at the Call of Duty Championship site.

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