Call of Duty League 2021 Season Will Be Played on PC With Controllers

by in Call of Duty | Sep, 14th 2020

This news isn’t going to go over well with the Call of Duty fanbase; we can almost guarantee that. The same likely goes for the pros. Call of Duty League 2021 has already begun as of today (Sept. 14), and with it comes a massive, serious change to how the game is played. That’s a very literal statement. All games will be played on PC with a controller, according to the Call of Duty League. Even if they’re used to keyboard/mouse with specific settings, all pro players will not be able to utilize them for Call of Duty League 2021 matches!

It gets better, too, don’t you worry! What’s going on here, anyway?

A Change in Platform/Control

This is an interesting decision on the Call of Duty League’s part. Frankly, we don’t see an issue with PC play, but the PC + controller play? That’s another thing entirely. This writer is a Call of Duty scrub and does play shooters with a controller. This is hot on the heels of the League reverting to a 4v4 gameplay system for Cold War. We hope the pros are ready to play Call of Duty League on PC with a controller for 2020/2021! We have a feeling this is not a decision that’s going to get walked back.

There is one positive coming out of this, even if it’s only a minor one. While no pro player will be allowed to use a keyboard and mouse, the controller must also be approved. That means (hopefully) no shenanigans or sneaky nonsense like macros or rapid-fire.

The Call of Duty League had this to say about the change: “As part of this transition, Call of Duty League competition will maintain exclusive use of controllers for the upcoming season. This change provides players with expanded choice of controller, allowing them to select the League-approved controller style that works best for their game. More details and rules pertaining to peripherals will be released at a future date.”

What confuses us about this is the announcement that the Call of Duty Challengers events will be crossplay. Perhaps this is why the Call of Duty League 2021 will be on PC with controller? Perhaps it’s to make sure the challengers come up with the ability to play on a controller, and everyone will have the same technology at their disposal. Does keyboard/mouse require more skill while also offering greater reaction times? Yes, it does.

That’s not the only question we have. Will the Call of Duty League be limiting the refresh rate/frame rate for these PCs/events? Will there be balance changes due to the difference between playing on a keyboard/mouse and a controller? Just pick up Destiny, for example, and try to play on a keyboard/mouse, then switch to a controller. The difference is noticeable. This is the first return to PC-only in roughly a decade, mind. We’re very curious to know what inspired this change. Has there been rampant cheating via macros on keyboard?

Or perhaps they want to streamline the process? We’re not 100% on board with the change, and think it’s only going to cause more problems than it fixes. But we’d love to know what you, the loyal reader thinks about the decision? Is it a foolish one, or will it bring balance to the force? Let us know!


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