Ladies and gentlemen, Modern Warfare has begun.
With a swift finish under their belts, the Chicago Huntsmen have defeated the Dallas Empire in the very first official Call of Duty League match. The victory was close, but not close enough, with Chicago beating Dallas 3 – 1.
— Call of Duty League (@CODLeague) January 25, 2020
Chicago’s players certainly were ready for war, despite Dallas’ strong defense early on in the game. The Huntsmen came into the series as one of the clear favorites to sweep the competition, and from the way they played tonight, it might be the case for the whole season. The match hit over 60,000 viewers while on live broadcast.
What should be noted, however, is the fact that there were “technical difficulties” throughout the entire match (as well as leading up to it). The game was delayed by half an hour (almost 35 minutes) and fans were noticeably upset… and rightfully so.
While many game critics were gripping about the tech issues long before they happened. If the COD League is to continue these bugs need to be fixed immediately. Activision has had quite some time to prepare for this series. Maybe if they took less time focusing on brand sponsorship and more time towards an above average stream, every esports fan would be a lot happier.