Call of Duty World League Championship wrapped up and Optic Gaming took home the trophy. This year's prize pool was the biggest in Call of Duty history. The Championship was presented by PlayStation 4 and hosted by Major League Gaming in partnership with Activision Publishing.
This year's Call of Duty World League Championship came to a close last night with Optic Gaming emerging on top. The Championship was presented by PlayStation 4 and hosted by Major League Gaming in partnership with Activision Publishing.
Optic Gaming won by taking out Team EnVyUs in a final competition to determine this year’s champion as the best Call of Duty team in the world.
"This does not feel real at all. I feel like a legend with my teammates," CWL Championship 2017 MVP Matthew ’FormaL’ Piper said after receiving the honour. FormaL also earned MVP honours during the CWL Stage 2 Playoffs. When asked about his consistency following the second MVP award, FormaL cited his team. "It's not me. It's my teammates, I really mean that. They allow me to play like that and do the flashy stuff. I owe all of that to them."
"Congratulations to Optic Gaming on a fantastic finish, our 2017 CWL Champions," said Rob Kostich, executive vice president and general manager, Call of Duty. "The 2017 season was the best yet with amazing competition and incredible fans at every stop. On behalf of everyone at Call of Duty, we congratulate all the teams on an outstanding year of competition and thank our fans for all of their amazing support."
For Call of Duty esports, this was a year of superlatives. First off, the competition saw a substantial rise this year, with a year-over-year increase in participation of 400 percent. Also, this year’s CWL season offered up a total prize pool of around £3 million - the largest in Call of Duty history.
The playing field has also levelled in 2017, with nine teams capturing tournament wins around the world; including, Splyce, the first-ever European team to win a CWL event on North American soil.
The final top placements after the CWL Championships look like this:
1st - OpTic Gaming
2nd - Team EnVyUs
3rd - Luminosity
4th - Red Reserve
5th/6th - FaZe Clan
5th/6th - eUnited
7th/8th - Ghost Gaming
7th/8th - Splyce