The new season of the Call of Duty World League (CWL) kicked off last weekend in Las Vegas, drawing an audience of between 12,000 to 15,000 people to the Hard Rock Hotel.
The event featured roughly 2,000 amateur players and 16 professional teams, facing off in 5v5 battles, matching the traditional Team Deathmatch format found on public servers.
While the popular Black Ops 4 Battle Royale format, Blackout, was featured in an informal tournament at the CWL event, it was notably absent from competitive play.
Jay Puryear, director of brand management at Treyarch, and Adam Apicella, vice president of league and event operations at Activision Blizzard’s MLG, recently spoke with Venture Beat regarding the new CWL season and its current approach to Blackout.
“We’re assessing as much data as possible. When we take a look at an esports product, we try to let the community tell us what they want. It’s an active conversation, but right now we just love that people are streaming and playing it. We’re trying to collect as much data as possible around potentially, if we ever did something with it, how we’d present it and produce it,” Apicella told Venture Beat.
Puryear agreed with the statement, indicating that Blackout will likely not make its way to esports anytime soon.
While there is no finalized timeline for the conclusion of the CWL, Puryear, and Apicella indicate that they are hoping to run the season through the end of Summer 2019.