Sports Superstars Set to Battle Fans Tonight in Call of Duty Royale Tournament

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Sports Superstars Set to Battle Fans Tonight in Call of Duty Royale Tournament

4v4 tournament. Celebrity athletes vs Mountain Dew-fueled Gamers. Bring it on.

Tonight, the Call of Duty Royale tournament begins. From April 21 through May 7, it will air every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday on Bud Light's Twitch channel with over eight episodes in total throughout the series. Athletes from every major U.S. sport will participate in this tournament.


The Need To Know

NFL running back Marshawn Lynch and NBA forward Paul George are among the well-known contestants, but there is also a slew of other players that are sure to get esports fans interested. This includes (so far): Baseball players Pete Alonso, Justin Dunn, Bo Bichette, Brett Phillips, Gleyber Torres, and Gavin Lux, NBA stars Paul George and Eric Pascall, as well as WNBA player Ariel Powers.

Among the more hyped players include NFL alum Marcus Peters, Marshawn Lynch, DK Metcalf, Kyle van Noy, and Landon Collins. NHL Players Taylor Hall and Ryan Strome are confirmed to make an appearance, as well as USA Women’s Soccer players Allie Long, Meagan Kelly, Debinha, and Merideth Speck.

Every match will be streamed live for fans, absolutely free on Bud Light’s Twitch channel. The name of the game? A round-robin tournament detailing teams of four players pitted up against the general public. Teams will then battle against each other in the semifinals and final rounds.

Tonight, the opening match will feature Paul George, Ariel Powers, Bo Bichette, and Brett Phillips against the random masses online. It starts tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern standard time.

More Details

Battle Royale is a popular every person for themselves (or every squad for itself) game mode in which the goal is to be the last one standing. Players gather weapons and supplies from around the map and work to pick off other players on the way to victory.

Players will have a choice of competing on an Xbox or Playstation 4. All players will win a donation to a charity of their choice. The first-place finisher in the Bud Light Seltzer Charity Royale tournament will receive $50,000. The second-place finisher will receive $25,000 and additional participants will get $15,000 a piece to donate to charity. Charities that will receive funding include the American Red Cross and United Way.

On Friday, April 10, Call of Duty's franchised league, the Call of Duty League, returned after going on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Call of Duty also launched their Live From Warzone streams this week featuring traditional sports athletes, Call of Duty pros, and celebrities playing Call of Duty's battle royale, Warzone.

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Harrison Giza
Harrison is an esports commentator and gonzo video game journalist, focusing on esports and Call of Duty news for ESTNN. Current writer at Punchland and former contributing staff at Midnight Pulp, Bad Hat Harry, Montecito Picture Co. For inquiries or interviews: [email protected].