The Overwatch League (OWL) may very well be on its deathbed, with team owners all but expected to accept $6 million payouts to pull the plug on the fledgling league later this year. But will the same fate befall the Call of Duty League (CDL), which has experienced its own troubles and shares several owners with the OWL?
All signs point to yes. And whenever the coup de grâce comes, it will be a sad day. That’s not because I’ll miss the cities, many of which are represented in name only, the “unique” team brands that unnecessarily detach CDL teams from existing popular esports organizations, or the harmful exclusion of and neglect shown to CoD‘s path-to-pro Challengers scene.