The first season of the Call of Duty League begins in January, with 12 teams ready to compete in Activision’s newest esports franchise. But one former Call of Duty pro says he thinks it’s going to be a flop.

As our sister site The Loadout reports, Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag is a former Call of Duty pro player and the founder of esports outfit 100 Thieves. Speaking on 100 Thieves’ The Mob podcast, Haag said while Activision has certainly sunk a lot of money into the Call of Duty League, he doesn’t have high hopes for the enterprise.

“I think franchising was a mistake,” he said flatly. “I think charging $25 million to be part of a league that hasn’t grown year over year is a mistake. I think flying teams across the world to play one best-of-five series is a mistake.”

The franchising fee may be the biggest sticking point for Haag, who has said before that 100 Thieves had initially considered pursuing a bid to join the CDL, but had balked at the $25 million required to establish a team.

Original source: https://www.pcgamesn.com/call-of-duty-modern-warfare/esports-mistake