Call of Duty community demands championship to be held in London
The Call of Duty community has demanded Vanguard Championship Weekend organizers run the tournament in London. So far, there have been no dates and locations announced for the event.
When it comes to hosting Call of Duty tournaments, London never disappoints. CWL Birmingham 2018, CWL London 2019, and the London Royal Ravens home matches in 2020 drew raucous crowds, resulting in unforgettable moments in the history of Call of Duty. Members of the Call of Duty community are ready to fly back across the pond and embrace London for CoD Vanguard’s largest tournament of the 2022 season after a hiatus in 2021.
According to the most recent rumor, the league will hold the World Championship weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. While appealing, the city displays a lack of grasp of what will be required in the Call of Duty esports industry in 2022. At the end of the day, Europe accounts for one-sixth of the Call of Duty League.
The Vanguard Major 3 event was recently held in Toronto, and it was well-received by the players, coaches, and pundits. The Toronto Major’s success sparked intense lobbying for London to host the next Vanguard Championship Weekend tournament.
For all gamers in Europe, London is the most accessible and diverse hub. Traveling to London is the most cost-effective way for most players to get to the event. It also will not hurt NA Challengers teams to make one transatlantic trip per year.
The true winners, however, will be the fans as the London crowd has historically been the best and largest at any Call of Duty event. Bringing that kind of crowd to an event the size of COD Champs can only be beneficial due to the atmosphere created in the arena when the tournament runs.
It would also be beneficial for the league to reaffirm its strength in the United Kingdom. With the ACCL LAN in Newcastle set for St James’ Park, they must prove that they can host an event of that caliber. If not, they might as well hand over control of all Challengers events to someone like the ACCL.
OpTic’s H3CZ, others demand CoD Championships in London
The Copper Box Arena in London hosted a CWL event in 2019, and as previously mentioned, the London fans know how to put on a spectacular Call of Duty event. They also held a Home Series there during Modern Warfare 2 in 2020.
On June 7, OpTic Creative Director Davis “Hitch” Edwards said on Twitter, “CoD Champs in London would be a mad ting”, while In a now-deleted tweet, Esports Engine Program Operations member Ben Nissim said, “From this end, we have been actively pushing as best we can to make this happen at some point. I think we all agree it would be an all-time event”.
CoD pundit Miles Ross posted on Twitter a photo of himself returning to London after commentating in Major 3, to which OpTic Texas CEO Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez replied, “Champs in London would be lit”.
“I’ve been lobbying for this,” said Esports Engine co-founder Adam Apicella in a now-deleted post in response to Ross’ tweet. “We have a massive studio over there and a growing team. We could run a banger in a stadium.”
Anthony “Nameless” Wheeler, a CoD on-air personality, also said that a London Championship would be “the best event of all time”.