Activision and Xbox Partner to Bring Landmark Call of Duty eSports Competition to the Masses with the Call of Duty Championship, Presented by Xbox Tournament

Fri Feb 1, 2013 12:30pm EST

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Players to Compete for $1 Million Purse in Worldwide Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Tournament Taking Place in Hollywood, CA April 5-7
SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
It`s time for gamers the world over to mark their calendars, because the
ultimate high-stakes Call of Duty competition is coming this April, forever
changing the face of competitive eSports. The Call of Duty Championship,
presented by Xbox, featuring a $1 million Call of Duty: Black Ops II tournament,
will take place in Hollywood, CA April 5-7. Activision Publishing, Inc., a
wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) and their
award-winning studio Treyarch, in partnership with Xbox, Major League Gaming
(MLG) and the Electronic Sports League (ESL) will bring together 32 of the
world`s most skilled multiplayer teams on the Xbox 360 video game and
entertainment system from Microsoft to compete head-to-head in Call of Duty:
Black Ops II in a live-streamed spectacular to be broadcast to the masses. 

"More people play Call of Duty multiplayer every day than watch the average
regular season game of the NBA. The scale and passion of the Call of Duty fan
base is simply humbling, and yet there is no formal way to find out who amongst
those millions of players is the best of the best, until now," said Eric
Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "Watching the performances of the very
best Call of Duty players is already a mass spectator sport on YouTube and Call
of Duty Elite. We are going to bring the best players in the world to Hollywood
to compete on the ultimate stage, for the ultimate prize. And we are going to
invite our entire worldwide fan base to join in the fun." 

Beginning today, players interested in participating in the tournament can go to
https://elite.callofduty.com/esports and register for a free Call of Duty Elite
account - it takes just a few seconds. Once registered, teams of four can vie
for entry into the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox tournament by
competing in the February season of League Play in Call of Duty: Black Ops II on
Xbox LIVE, which opens today. Following the close of the February season, the
top eight eligible teams will earn coveted spots in the Call of Duty
Championship, presented by Xbox, including a trip to Hollywood this April to
compete for the $1 million tournament purse. 

"It`s an absolute honor to have players and fans celebrate the thrill of
competition on such a grand stage," said Mark Lamia, Treyarch studio head. "From
the very beginning of development for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, we committed
to making eSports an integral part of the game, and it`s going to be awesome to
watch the best teams in the world battle it out for everyone to see." 

Additionally, teams competing in the recently announced MLG 2013 Pro Circuit
featuring Call of Duty: Black Ops II (www.majorleaguegaming.com) will vie for a
chance to enter the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox. At the MLG
Winter Championship, March 15-17, in Dallas, Texas, the top eight teams will
earn trips to Hollywood to play against the best Call of Duty players in the
world. Joining them will be eight winning teams from the ESL`s European Finals
(http://cod.esl.eu) taking place March 16-17, in the famous ESL Arena live
eSports Studios in Cologne, Germany. 

Remaining seats in the 32-team tournament will be made available internationally
across Asia, Australia, and Brazil, with territory-specific qualification
details to be revealed locally as they become available and at
https://elite.callofduty.com/esports. 

Further details on the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, including
full rules and regulations, Call of Duty: Black Ops II maps and modes for the
tournament, prizing distribution, travel accommodations and more will be made
available at https://elite.callofduty.com/esports. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is rated "M" (Mature - Blood and Gore, Intense
Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs - content suitable
for persons ages 18 and older) by the ESRB. More information on Call of Duty:
Black Ops II can be found at http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2 or on
www.facebook.com/codblackops. Fans can also follow @Treyarch on Twitter. 

About Major League Gaming

Major League Gaming (MLG) (www.majorleaguegaming.com) is the world`s largest
eSports organization with millions of LIVE viewers, fans and competitors around
the globe. MLG enables gamers to compete, improve their skills, and socialize
via the largest online destination for competitive console and PC gaming
featuring more than 8 million registered gamers, and the annual MLG Pro Circuit
featuring LIVE, in-person tournaments in cities nationwide. MLG broadcasts
competitive play, analysis and more via online streaming to hundreds of
thousands of fans in an average of more than 170 countries. 

About Electronic Sports League

Electronic Sports League and the company behind, Turtle Entertainment, is the
leading gaming company in the field of competitive gaming and electronic sports.
Founded in the year 2000 the company is currently offering its services in more
than 46 countries including the US and China. Core of Turtle's services is it's
online portal called Electronic Sports League (ESL) which became a highly
popular destination site for competitive computer gamers around the world. The
portal reaches up to ten million visits a month (IVW) generated by more than 4
million registered users. Turtle Entertainment broadcasts ESL events via ESL TV,
ESL's web-TV service, since 2007. The headquarter has more than 115 employees
and is located in Cologne, Germany. Turtle Entertainment owns the majority of
the Chinese eSports league PGL (Pro Gamer League) since 2007. Turtle
Entertainment markets its products worldwide using these specific brands:
Electronic Sports League (ESL), ESL Pro Series, Intel Extreme Masters, ESL Major
Series, ESL TV, Consoles Sports League. Further information is available at
www.turtle-entertainment.com. 

About Treyarch

Treyarch is an industry-leading game developer, wholly owned by Activision
Publishing, Inc. whose Call of Duty: Black Ops II set world-wide launch day
records, and whose previous game Call of Duty: Black Opsset an entertainment
launch opening record upon its release in 2010 and continues to be one of the
best-selling games of all time, according to NPD and GfK Chart-Track. 

About Activision Publishing, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a
leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive
entertainment and leisure products. 

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, the United
Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the
Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, mainland China and the region of Taiwan.
More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company`s
website, www.activision.com. 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press
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facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause
Activision Publishing`s actual future results to differ materially from those
expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include
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sections of Activision Blizzard`s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any
subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in
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its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current
expectations. 

ACTIVISION, CALL OF DUTY, and CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS are trademarks of
Activision Publishing, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the
properties of their respective owners. 

Microsoft, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

Activision Publishing, Inc.
Robert Taylor
Sr. Publicist
310-496-5206
robert.taylor@activision.com

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