The franchisement of Esports is growing as Call of Duty is set to join Overwatch and League of Legends. Earlier this year, Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League started, a franchise league where organizations buy their spot in the league. The buy in for the OW League was $20 million while for LoL (League of Legends), the buy in was set at $10 million.
Currently Call of Duty is being run on its Dev run league which was announced in 2015 for Call of Duty Black Ops 3. The teams that make the leagues have all been decided by merit and performance.
With Viewership, attendance and sales record breaking for the OW league, Activision Blizzard hopes to clone the success of its OW league as they briefly spoke of it in their Annual report.
In addition to this, ESPN Esports has received word from Various sources, that the current owners of the OW League franchises will have the first chance to negotiate. As of right now only two organizations that have a franchise in the OW League are participating in Call of Duty, which are Team Envyus and Optic Gaming. Activision have not made any announcement after this Report.