The return of the Call of Duty League in an online-only format two weeks ago prompted strong backlash from competitors angered by in-game lag. Several teams used connection problems to undermine the Florida Mutineers’ unexpected tournament win, leading to a testy back-and-forth between organizations.
Ahead of the Chicago Home Series, which begins Friday, the CDL announced a change to its server setup it hopes will cool down gameplay criticism.
The CDL will now use nine dedicated servers around the country rather than the five it deployed during the Dallas Home Series. It will also give teams a chance to test servers before matches and veto ones not up to par.
OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, which did not play in the Dallas Home Series, will take its first crack at online-only competition this weekend. The team needs to make up ground — entering the Chicago Home Series, it trails the first-place Huntsmen by 90 points in the standings (with one fewer event played).
The semifinals and finals for the Chicago Home Series will take place Sunday. All games can be streamed live on the Call of Duty League’s YouTube channel.
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