OpTic Gaming Prevails at the Call of Duty World (CWL) Global Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs Presented by PlayStation® 4

Field is Set for CWL Championship in August, Concludes this
Season’s $4 Million Prize Pool, the Largest in Competitive Call of Duty

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The highly suspenseful Call of Duty World League Global Pro League Stage
2 Playoffs, hosted by Major League Gaming Corp. (MLG), has come to a
close with OpTic Gaming winning Sunday’s Grand Final.

The eight best Call of Duty teams from around the world competed
throughout the weekend, vying for their share of the $500,000 event
prize pool and the goal to position themselves heading into the 2017 CWL

“It’s really crazy how we turned it around,” OpTic Gaming star Seth
“Scump” Abner said of his team’s play during CWL Stage 2 following
OpTic’s disappointing placement at CWL Anaheim 2017. “We’ve been putting
a ton of time in as a team and it’s just great that it showed off. I’m
proud of every single one of these guys. Every single one of them
stepped up when they needed to.” Scump’s teammate, Matthew “FormaL”
Piper, was named CWL Stage 2 MVP following the CWL Stage 2 Playoff
trophy presentation.

OpTic Gaming entered Sunday’s Grand Final from the loser bracket,
forcing the team to win two separate best-of-five matches against Team
EnVyUs to be crowned CWL Stage 2 champions.

Here are the final rankings after the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2

  • 1st – OpTic Gaming
  • 2nd – Team EnVyUs
  • 3rd – eUnited
  • 4th – Luminosity
  • 5th/6th – FaZe Clan
  • 5th/6th – Fnatic
  • 7th/8th – Enigma6
  • 7th/8th – Splyce
  • 9th/12th – Evil Geniuses
  • 9th/12th – Ghost Gaming
  • 9th/12th – Red Reserve
  • 9th/12th – Cloud9
  • 13th/16th – Mindfreak
  • 13th/16th – Elevate
  • 13th/16th – Rise Nation
  • 13th/16th – Epsilon Esports

The CWL continues to heat up as the season draws to a close, culminating
with the 2017 CWL Championship in Orlando, FL., August 9-13. Placement
at the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs help determine seeding for
the upcoming 2017 CWL Championship. At the 2017 CWL Championship, 32
teams will compete for their share of a $1.5 million prize pool, as part
of the overall $4 million prize pool for the 2017 CWL season – the
largest in Call of Duty esports history. Final seeding for the 2017 CWL
Championship has now been released, watch the Live Group Draw Show here.

On Thursday, eight teams qualified at the North American Last Chance
Qualifiers (LCQ), including Echo Fox, Str8 Rippin and Rogue. These teams
now move on to compete for the 2017 Call of Duty World League
Championship in Orlando.

The eight qualifying teams from the North American Last Chance Qualifier

  • 3sUP
  • Allegiance
  • Echo Fox
  • Lethal Gaming
  • Projekt Evil
  • Rogue
  • Str8 Rippin
  • Team Kaliber

The CWL Championship General Admission (GA), three-day tickets, are now
available online
, starting at $53.99 (plus fees and taxes).

Activision and MLG (both part of Activision Blizzard, Inc.) join forces
with PlayStation®4 to bring Call of Duty World League to a global
audience, with the goal of providing fans the best esports experience at
live events and broadcast on mlg.tv/callofduty.

For the latest intel on the Call of Duty World League Presented by
PlayStation®4 and for live broadcasts check out: http://www.callofduty.com/cwl,
or follow @CODWorldLeague on Twitter, Instagram
and Facebook.

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