More than 3.000 people watched World Series of Warzone London live
20 September 2023
Generally, we like to write about the positive developments in the world of esports in the UK and the rest of the world. Though sometimes, there are some unfortunate developments, like the departure of Call of Duty team London Royal Ravens to the United States earlier this month, overall the UK esports scene is thriving. More and more people are starting to realise the value of esports as both entertainment and a profession, and more and more companies are getting involved in esports in the UK. On top of that, there are, of course, the major national and international esports events that regularly take place in the United Kingdom, like the World Series of Warzone (WSOW) that were played in London over the weekend.
World Series of Warzone London
On Saturday, September 16th, the 150 best Call of Duty: Warzone players came together at London’s Copper Box Arena to compete for the title of Global Champion. Every season, the World Series of Warzone forms the final event of the competitive Warzone league, which is why it’s regarded as the World Championship of Warzone. Like every year, it was organised by developer Activision and the prize pool consisted of no less than half a million American dollars.
In the end, it was North American side Team Biffle that snatched the title and the accompanying $ 100.000 in prize money. They did so in dominating fashion, collecting no less than 218.2 points and 101 kills across all maps. Team Hisoka ended up in second place with prize money worth $ 80.000, while Team Almond finished in third for $ 65.000. The lowest-placed team to end in the money was Team EBatez, who collected $ 2.000 with their 26th-place finish.
“It’s a great feeling, I know I’ve finished third and second twice in the World Series, and now I’ve finally got the first place, so I’m super fucking hyped”, said Shifty, one of the members of Team Biffle, after the final game, “My team took a chance on me, they wanted an IGL and I said that’s not what I am, but I said if you trust me I’ll switch to it and I’ll do my best, they said alright, and it’s history. I have so much confidence in these guys and myself. I said once the gears start clicking no other teams can keep up with us, and we showed that today”.
Good sign for esports in the UK
Even though no UK team managed to keep the World Series of Warzone 2023 title in the United Kingdom, the event as a whole has once again shown that esports in the UK are thriving. No less than 3.000 people visited the event live and thousands of people followed the action online. The next step is to get UK teams inside these tournaments, as this will surely cause even more hype and therefore, even higher viewership.