Our survey of Call of Duty Challengers player has found that just 31.6% of players enjoy the current format.
As part of our coverage of the 2022 Toronto Challengers Open event as part of Major 3, we reached out to Challengers players taking part and some of the other top players not at the event.
We asked the players what they thought on the format of Challengers this season and where they think it can be improved.
Data was collected from players from all four Challengers regions.
We collected 86 responses from the top amateur players in the game the response was frankly staggering.
31.6% of players say that the format is not enjoyable. When asked to put that enjoyment on a scale of one to five, with one being the lowest and five being the highest – two was the most given response.
Plus, not a single player responded with five as their answer for that question.
Not a single player who responded to our survey believed that the Call of Duty League provides enough exposure to the Challengers players in the system.
10.5% of players believe that the League only sometimes provides enough exposure to Challengers players.
In a recent interview with The Rotation, Call of Duty Esports General Manager, Daniel Tsay said: “It really is this great path to pro that we rely on. In Toronto, there are two teams that won Elite Stage 3. They’re they’re doing a great job scouting, I think that’s going to pay dividends.”
Regardless of Tsay’s comments, just 18.4% of players say that they can see that clear “path to pro”.
Just two of the players who said yes to that question, are from regions outside of NA.
Prize pool and communication
Our survey also asked players whether or not they thought that the prize pool in the Challengers system is enough.
The CDL took roughly $400,000 out of Challengers in terms of prize pool for the 2022 season, with Opens now a thing of the past
Where there were five open tournaments for each region, worth a total of $600,000 last season, there are now just three with all regions expected to compete at those events.
Total prizing for the three opens this year is just $225,000.
Unsurprisingly in line with that, just 7.9% of players surveyed believe that the prize pool in Challengers is enough.
Another 2.6% say that it is only sometimes enough.
One of the main reasons for the upset caused by the Challengers prize being lowered is the fact that the League hasn’t made any sort of announcement as to why.
We asked the players if they think that the league communicates with the Challengers system enough.
Just one player responded with yes. 12 players said sometimes and all of the rest, said no.
We opened up that question, inviting the players to submit things they’d like communication from the league on.
Recurring themes of the responses include:
- Wanting more notice of when and where events are to take place
- Clearer schedules, with Elite Qualifiers and Stages more explicit as to when they’ll be.
- Why did Opens get taken away from the Challengers when the prize pool has been cut so much?
- More broadcasting and coverage
- The want for an intermediate between the league and players
- When and what updates will come to the game? A recent Vanguard update came out 30 minutes before Stage 3 Elite playoffs started and completely changed the game.
- Where did Scouting League go?
- PP ladder perhaps not best way of seeding.
Some other meaningful suggestions were given during the response of our survey. Some players came up with some very interesting ideas.
One player suggested that the League should: “Make the Elite an actual league format, 10-12 teams, T8 playoffs, bottom four relegated or reduced prize + pps.
“Run it like an actual league to provide incentive for orgs to invest. Provide opportunity for funding to be earned for events especially important for non-NA regions.”
Another asked for more Pro-Am tournaments: “Potentially hold a Pro-Am after every major to show the talent of the AM scene and give them a chance to compete against the pros.
They also suggested that social media should be used more pragmatically.
“Tweet out challenger streams/elite broadcast on the main socials, you have local people who cast our matches and go out of their way to bring attention to challengers when they don’t need to.”
We have passed on the findings of our research to the league and believe that we have had meaningful discussion with them about improvements for next season.
Once we have receipt of our data from the league, we will update you on the response we get.
Our survey was conducted anonymously in order to protect the identity of players given the nature of some responses they may have given.
The only defining factor we asked for was which region they players come from.
If you have any questions about our data or about what more we can try and do for the Challengers scene, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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