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Watch Call of Duty esports for a shot at Black Ops Cold War beta keys

Watch the current game, play the new game early

Woods stands in front of a fire in Black Ops Cold War Image: Treyarch, Raven Software/Activision
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The Call of Duty League will host its first championship weekend from Aug. 29-30. Players can dive in to watch the esports action unfold live, and walk away with some Call of Duty rewards — namely, a beta code for the recently revealed Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

On Saturday, players can tune into games to earn several rewards — including four different calling cards, each featuring the final four teams in competition: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and London. Players who watch the finals on Sunday can also pick up a new Call of Duty League knife blueprint for Modern Warfare and Warzone.

The big-ticket item is a limited commodity, however. Ten thousand lucky viewers will receive a code for the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta. We currently don’t know when the beta will take place or how long it will last.

To collect their rewards, players will need to jump through a few hoops. First, they need to create or sign in to their Activision account and link it with the Call of Duty League’s website. Players then need to link their Activision account to their platform of choice:, PlayStation, or Xbox. To actually earn rewards, players must watch the championship weekend games via the Call of Duty League website or the Call of Duty companion app.

Activision, Infinity Ward, and Treyarch revealed Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on Wednesday via an event in Call of Duty: Warzone. The new game will take players back to the Cold War to fight alongside the heroes from the original Black Ops game, like Woods. Zombies return in the new game, and Warzone will remain a relevant Call of Duty product, with updates tied to Cold War.

Treyarch, Raven Software, and Activision will launch Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on Nov. 13. The next-gen version of the game will cost an additional $10, sitting at $69.99 and launching later this year. Players interested in first picking up the game on modern consoles before switching to next-gen can buy a Cross-Gen Bundle for $69.99. (The upgrade path is ... complicated.)

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