Rumor: Call of Duty World League franchise team spots cost $25 million.

Who’s doing the books here? ESPN is reporting that their sources are confirming a $25 million entry price for franchise spots in the Call of Duty World League.

Deep in meetings with both pre-existing COD pro teams as well as Overwatch League franchise owners, Activision Blizzard has seemingly set the CODWL entry price $5 million higher than the Overwatch League. Those interested in the geo-located spots will have 14 days to show interest then their exclusive availability will expire.

With COD moving from an open league to a franchised one we expected Activison to follow the OWL model but not price it out higher. This combined with COD generally producing less views as an esport than Overwatch makes it an odd choice.

The CODWL is set to debut in 2020 with city and team announcements to precede in 2019. The battle royale mode Blackout unfortunately won’t be included in their esport plans at all.