After the arrival of the franchise structure at the beginning of 2020, Activision Blizzard totally changed the perception of teams and contracts. The prices for a franchise slot are expensive: $20 million for the Overwatch League and $25 million for the Call of Duty League. That's a price not everyone can afford and 100 Thieves discovered this as they opted not to invest in the debut season of the CDL.
The two competitions are not going to expand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, discussions to reduce the cost of entry are underway at Activision Blizzard. According to our American colleagues at The Esports Observer , it could be that the arrival of Tony Pretitti, former assistant to the commissioner of Major League Baseball, which has been the catalyst for these talks..
The price could vary depending on the size of the franchised cities, which would add up to huge sums if a city was heavily populated.
By reducing the entry fees, it could well open up the doors for new owners to enter both CDL and OWL. It is believed that the CDL will open up talks for potential investors in the Summer of 2021, as the league looks to expand for the 2022 season.
The Call of Duty community is calling on Treyarch to quickly add new maps to enable a better rotation as Black Ops Cold War heads into Season One.