The 2016 Call of Duty Championship inches closer and the prize pool for the competitive eSports event was revealed Thursday via a press release. Activision is bumping the prize pool for the tournament up to $1.6 million, the highest yet.
The prize pool reveal came via an announcement about the European Pro Division State 1 Finals taking place this weekend in Cologne, Germany.
“Those who perform best will also find themselves one step closer to qualifying for the Call of Duty Championship this autumn, where they’ll have the chance to earn a stake of the $1.6 million prize,” the press release stated.
The Call of Duty Championship will take place this fall, though an exact date has not been set yet. Teams will be determined from the Call of Duty World League (CWL), which will distribute over $3 million by the time it runs out the current season.
The European Stage 1 Finals taking place this weekend will feature six different teams. The first matches will be broadcast live on Twitch and YouTube and are scheduled for Saturday, March 26 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT. Three matches will follow on Sunday with the championship match set for 3 p.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT.
The North American Stage 1 Finals is set Saturday, April 2 with eight teams competing on the first day starting at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT. Three matches will follow on Sunday to determine the North American champ.
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