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The Call of Duty World League (CWL) is one of the most anticipated-events of the year. It’s the beginning of the entire Black Ops competitive season and excitment has been building up. Now a new hardware deal with Astro Gaming has been added to the list of cool things happening around the League.
CWL and Astro Gaming in a Partnership
The Call of Duty World League is already unfolding and the organization decided to expand its existing partnership with headphone manufacturer Astro Gaming a few days before the first match kicked off. As a result, all participants in the December competitive madness sport headphones made by the brand.
Astro Gaming is no random sponsor, either. They have provided the CWL with gear over the past three years, cultivating an important partnership with Activision Blizzard. Astro put significant efforts into preparing a product that allows gamers to stay focused during live matches in arenas, which can be noisy and disruptive.
— Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) December 9, 2018
Astro Content Manager Lindsay Ferguson welcomed the extension of the partnership, pointing out the existing successful relations between the company and the League. Ferguson also spoke about the Astro TR Main Stage Audio System, which has been designed to specifically cater to the needs of on-stage competitions.
Working closely with the Call of Duty World League over the course of the last two years, we’ve jointly defined competitive audio requirements and developed the Astro TR Main Stage Audio System as a design-focused solution meant to improve performance on all feature and main stages – Astro Gaming Content Manager Lindsay Ferguson
To guarantee that players will not be distracted from the noise at the Las Vegas arena in the now taking place LAN competition, Astro Gaming have developed the Astro A40 TR headset, which uses sound-isolating material along with specific settings for each monitor, which further improve immersion and help players focus.
— Scuf Gaming (@ScufGaming) December 7, 2018
Activision Blizzard have also added Scuf Gaming as a partner for the League. Scuf is a reputed manufacturer of controllers and the company is joining others, such as Mountain Dew and Asus as some of the newly-signed partners for the game’s new competitive season.
There have been some noteworthy changes to the entire game, too with Activision and Treyarch (the studio developing the Black Ops franchise) introducing important changes to the competitive format, boosting the squad size to 5 from 4.
Meanwhile, the competition in Las Vegas has already been afoot, with the first results already available. OpTic Gaming have been dominating the field going uncontested in three matches so far. Apparently, the re-calibration of the competitive format has helped them find a better edge against others who are still struggling to find their bearings.
OpTic Gaming were present all throughout the previous World format, not making it very far, but nevertheless leaving a lasting impression. “The Green Wall” as they are called, managed to impress fans and observers with their flawless communication during matches, even if they had to concede many of the games in the past season.
However, with Black Ops 4, every team starts with a clean slate and OpTic may just be the next powerhouse in the re-thought format.