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The final event of the 2021 Call of Duty League season was announced on July 7, including a start date, venue and ticket sales for the 2.15 million dollar tournament. The 2021 CDL Championship will take place from Aug. 19-22 inside of the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California.

This announcement follows the reveal from July 6 stating that the Stage 5 Major will allow fans inside of the venue. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Champs will follow suit, given that it’s a full three weeks after the major concludes.

CDL Champs 2021 start date and venue

Championship Weekend will begin on Aug. 19 with the Call of Duty League Playoffs. This two-day tournament features the top eight teams from the regular-season standings. All eight squads will duke it out to earn the right to advance to Championship Sunday, where the league will crown the 2021 victor. Furthermore, the full bracket for playoffs will release following the Stage 5 Major but a rough bracket is found on the CDL’s website.

CDL Champs bracket
The bracket for CDL Champs | Provided by CDL

The University of Southern California owns and operates the Galen Center, in which the tournament will take place. It is most known for playing host to the school’s men’s basketball team and it has the capacity of holding just over 10,000 people. There’s no word yet on how many fans the CDL will be allowing in the venue. However, that information should become clear when tickets officially go on sale on Friday, July 16.

CDL Champs 2021 features a 2.15 million dollar prize pool, with the cash divvied up between the top three finishers.

  • First place: $1.5 million
  • Second place: $650,000
  • Third place: $300,000

The entire event will be broadcasted exclusively on the Call of Duty League’s YouTube channel. Every day’s competition begins at 12 p.m. ET.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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