It was only going to be a matter of time until Blackout – the battle royale game mode in Call of Duty had its own organized tournaments. And while the 5v5 game mode will still be CODs primary esport mode, we do have our first Blackout event.
Taking place this weekend at TwitchCon which is Saturday the 27th for those too lazy to look at their calendars. Four celebrity-led teams will queue in public matches to gain points and be crowned the champion of the Doritos Bowl.
The participants are very much content creators and not exactly pro’s in the traditional sense. But make no mistake there is not a lack of skill here Team Captains are obviously top tier with Shroud. Ninja, Dr. Lupo and ex-COD pro CouRage. The rest of them? Who knows… Ninja With No L looks like he means business.
The format is pretty simple. The teams will queue up as a Squad in the public lobbies with the above point system. The beauty of this point system is its simplicity. Kills are heavily incentivized with a point for each and everyone and depending on your placement you will get a multiplier. It’s interesting to note that there is no direct incentive to take the win so participants will always have one thing on mind – killing people. Each team will play 4 games.
How Can I Get Involved?
Well there are two ways… you can watch it from 12:30 PM PDT on October 27 on Twitch here.
Or if you are feeling brave you could try and get into one of these games yourself. All you have to do is queue up in the Squad lobbies in the North America region at the same time as the teams and you could find yourself up against Ninja and co. You obviously can’t earn points but imagine the bragging rights if you clap Shroud live on stream…
It would be remiss not to mention how this year’s TwitchCon is dominated by the two Battle Royale games – Call of Duty and of course, Fortnite who also have their own tournament on this weekend. The Fall Skirmish viewing figures haven’t been as strong as the Summer Skirmish and it will be interesting to note with the pulling power of these top-tier content streamers if Call of Duty can get one over on their competition.
So what do you make of the inaugural Blackout tournament? What team will win? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.