Post-Gfinity Thoughts: Could Call of Duty earn the same recognition as League of Legends?

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Gfinity just now ended, successfully riding off the waves of hype from MLG Anaheim where favorite Call of Duty teams battled it out for some ridiculous amounts of cash. Yes, I’m jealous. Despite the time difference, Gfinity was definitely an entertaining event, and I was able to catch some nail-biting moments in the tournament.  Congrats to Complexity for taking first place!

Watching this event after the recent League of Legends news made me think a lot about the future of eSports, and particularly Call of Duty. For those of you in the dark, recent news revealed that the United States has officially recognized League of Legends as an actual sport. Because of this, pro players could become eligible for visas just like athletes in organizations such as the NFL, NBA, and NHL.

On my blog, I focused on the debate on whether or not these pro gamers should be considered athletes, but despite the opinions I received, I can’t help but be tremendously excited about the growth video games and eSports have achieved. And as a Call of Duty fan, I can’t deny that I would appreciate seeing the competitive scene recognized in a wider sense. The MLG viewing is growing insanely, an obvious fact demonstrated by the energy displayed at MLG Anaheim. Could this road lead to an even larger exposure for professional Call of Duty? I’m not so sure.

The hopeful part of me thinks that it could, however I’m worried about the life of the Call of Duty franchise itself. Before the release of Black Ops 2, I was highly skeptical about the continued success of the lengthening series. To other MLG fans, could competitive gaming actually breathe a bit of life into the series or will Call of Duty eventually become stale and die out completely?

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