London, Chicago, and Seattle Call of Duty League franchise owners revealed
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New Call of Duty League franchises have been sold for London, Chicago and Seattle to ReKTGlobal, NRG Esports and Aquilini Group, and Enthusiast Gaming respectively. Of the three, only ReKTGlobal does not own an Overwatch League team.
Activision Blizzard’s announcement brings the League's team tally to 12. The other eight are Atlanta, Dallas, Florida, two for Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York, Paris, and Toronto. President of Zieben Group, Lee Zieben has also reportedly made a bid for a Houston franchise.
Considering Activision Blizzard owns both Call of Duty and Overwatch, it's no surprise that their Leagues share similar rules. Players must be contracted to teams with a salary no lower than $50,000, including healthcare and retirement benefits. At least 50% of all prize money must be given to players and each team will need to sign more than the five players required to compete in a match.
All teams will also host matches in their home market, requiring them to have the adequate facilities to run and broadcast them.