It was published in 2013 that over 100 million individual players had turned on their consoles and jumped on Call of Duty at some point in their lives, making Activision’s shooter series undoubtedly the most popular game of its genre in the world. In fact, with well over 32 quadrillion bullets fired online since the action-packed game launched on modern consoles, Call of Duty is most probably the single most popular video game in the world – meaning it’s audience on streaming websites is usually just as impressive.
And if you think that’s a staggering statistic, try this one on for size: over 32 quadrillion bullets have been fired in online multiplayer matches throughout the game’s lifetime. Hopefully enough to bet on!
Anyone who’s played Call of Duty for any length of time will tell you that the online multiplayer is unpredictable and unforgiving – this is not how we want your betting experience to be. While anything can happen on the battleground, we’re dedicated to making your Call of Duty betting experience as smooth and easy as possible.
Here, we’ll go over the basic concept of the game, individual game modes, professional players to watch out for, upcoming tournaments and a little bit about the markets on offer for the game.
One off-beat game mode that did survive however - and one that’s used for many competitive matches due to its unforgiving nature – is Search & Destroy (S&D).
Rather than being one long start-to-finish race for kills, S&D is an objective based game mode played out in rounds, where one team attempts to stealthily plant an explosive charge onto a pre-designated point, while the other team works to stop them. Most seriously competitive tournaments tend to use this game mode to separate the weak from the strong, as unlike every other type of match, there are no respawns allowed in S&D.
As you might imagine, this elimination style game mode makes every CoD game played on stream intense, unpredictable and rewarding to watch – ensuring the betting on Call of Duty is an extremely interesting experience.
CoD isn’t just about how many bullets you can send into your enemy though – the most important aspects of the game come in the pre-match menus, where players are charged with setting up their own set of loadouts. From which guns they want to use, to the individual grenades and perks they wish to utilise, the real reason Call of Duty has surpassed the popularity of other shooters is the level of customisation it offers.
A player’s loadout defines how they play, so spotting which perk choices gamers go for before the game could be the difference between a sorry loss and a mammoth win.
One thing we will say, is that if you’re hoping to be successful with CoD live betting, you absolutely have to know the players that you’re betting on.
Call of Duty probably has the biggest player base of any video game series in history, so finding out who the best of the best is isn’t always easy.
Luckily though, there are innumerable CoD competitions happening throughout the year, so we have plenty of data when we’re trying to pick out the cream of the crop.
At the Call of Duty World League Championship 2016, it was professional esports outfit Team EnVyUs that took home first place, not to mention the $800,000 prize money. The four-man team that took home the grand prize were: JKap, SlasheR, Apathy and John, so if you’re desperate for a team to put real money on, Team EnVyUs has some pretty decent players.
True, world ranking change nearly every day in the world of esports. In fact, winning the CoD World League Championships doesn’t even automatically make anyone from EnVyUs the highest ranked player in the world.
Such is the popularity of Call of Duty, there are multiple skill ranking tables worth considering when evaluating players. Major League Gaming’s rankings board is pretty handy, especially if you’re looking to make some live bets on a North American-based tournament.
Watch out for yoHeaven, Bowf and Jim the King 1 in the upcoming Atlanta open.
If you’re really struggling, we recommend doing some research on CoD’s most famous clans. OpTic Gaming have been around since the inception of Call of Duty multiplayer, pretty much conquering the entire online community at one stage.
Faze, Luminosity and Rise Nation are also excellent shouts as they’ve all finished very highly in their most recent competitive tournaments.
While YouTube offers its own streaming service on selected events, it’s not always guaranteed that your chosen Call of Duty Tournament will be streamed live. If this occurs, there are options. Watching your bets come in live on stream makes your CoD live betting experience infinitely more enjoyable, and give you the option to make in-play bets based on how a specific team or player is performing.
Esportsbetting.com host a grand variety of games for punters to watch, and Call of Duty content is in no way lacking. If it’s the CoD World League Championship or the Atlanta Open you’re hoping to bet on, you’re sure to find everything covered in our dedicated live streaming section.
Esports live betting is just now beginning to take off. While high street bookmakers have tried to take advantage of esports betting, Call of Duty odds often get lost behind their regular sports offering. At esportsbetting.com we are purely dedicated to the esports universe. We’re committed to making sure you have the opportunity to make the exact bet you were hoping to, offering alternative markets as oppose to bland, out-right wagers.
First blood, fastest 10 kill streak, overall kill-to-death ratio – we’re here to elevate your live betting experience to make your esports experience that little bit better.
If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop where you can place your esports bets live in-play and have all your wildest bets catered for, look no further.
Now if you’re going to begin your CoD betting experience, you need to know where and when the biggest competitive gaming events are happening.
Below you’ll find all of the biggest CoD competitions taking place over the year, so you won’t have to scour the net in desperation to make sure you aren’t missing any of the non-stop Call of Duty action.
One of the many regional opens that the worldwide Call of Duty World League throws, the Anaheim open is sure to offer some of the best CoD gameplay ever seen.
The very best players from around the world play in these open tournaments in an attempt to qualify for the grand finals, and the 2017 event could offer the largest prize pool ever recorded.
Over the pond for this one, the CoD World League Open in Sheffield promises to deliver even more potential contenders for the big prize.
Unlike plenty of other esports, Call of Duty boasts plenty of talented British players, meaning this event has as much chance of throwing out potential dark horses as any other leg of the qualifiers.
The Last Chance Qualifiers are designed to ensure that every truly Call of Duty master has a place at the World League Championship finals, and run in between the qualifiers legs and the ultimate tournament.
It’s a great chance for players to practice against the world’s best (and maybe bag themselves a place at the finals) as well as a great opportunity for new betters to get some practice in.
Professional Call of Duty players from Asia have received an almost legendary reputation over the course of esports’ lifetime, as the continent has mustered up some of the greatest gamers of all time.
This last ditch attempt to qualify for the World League could see some of the most impressive minnows prove themselves true professionals, so don’t miss the action.
North America has one of the largest percentage gamers of any continent, so you better believe that there’ll be plenty of spectators and contenders alike at the US Last Chance.
Here you’ll likely see the most typical form of Call of Duty gameplay, making it a great chance to get some research in before the big event later in the year.
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