” Next year the 100 Thieves will not be part of the new Call of Duty competitive league. We will not be part of the CDL. We will not have a competing team. And I wouldn’t say that this is the end .” ” But we won’t have an active roster .”
With these words and the heart full of regret Nadeshot, owner of the 100 Thieves, announced the community and the fans.
His 100 Thieves, just to mention the latest achievements, have won two Call of Duty majors this year and finished second at the Call of Duty World Championship in August.
The 25 million buyouts are a big bet for a title that surely is not the result of other titles at this historical moment. After having thanked the fans of the team and having said that he still loves the franchise and the community, Nadeshot has pointed the finger at the too-high costs of the new league.
” The fact is that the CDL is incredibly expensive, ” said the owner of the 100 Thieves. ” Not only are there many upfront costs, but there is a ton of operating costs on which we will spend money and resources for years .” He went on to say that the team was not ready to take the big leap.
The organization currently employs many resources and focuses not only on eSport, but also on content creation. ” We have so many different investments,” he added. “For us, making such an expensive investment in Call of Duty could jeopardize everything this company has built .” ” This is our identity. With the new league, it is possible that the 100 Thieves will cease to exist in the way we understand them. Our identity is the lifeblood of this company “.
Nadeshot also stated that the choice of a city and the construction of a team based in the city is too demanding and that it is a company in which the company cannot afford to bet everything. ” I’m sad, I’m angry, ” said Nadeshot in closing. ” This will hurt for a long time .”
In short, the new franchise format designed for Call of Duty by Activision (which already has nine franchises) does not satisfy everyone. The high buyout and management costs, as well as the absence of a promotion/relegation system, are all barriers to entry that will make the majority of organizations that cannot afford it, favoring large investment groups.
It is with a very heavy heart we announce that 100 Thieves will not be participating in competitive Call of Duty in 2020. pic.twitter.com/cdJD9DdUvQ
— 100 Thieves (@100Thieves) August 29, 2019