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Learn about our Call of Duty program plans for the Spring semester.

This spring, different tournaments will ensure all players have a place to compete

We're excited for the 2020 year, and we'll be diving straight into the details regarding our Spring activations for Call of Duty! We'll be creating a Varsity Invitational, a collegiate ladder on GameBattles, and reprising our duos tournaments later in the year. School pride and epic prizes are on the line, so read up below and make sure your team is ready to compete!

Call of Duty Collegiate Series: Invitational

Collegiate leaders can apply to be a part of our 2020 Varsity Invitational. This invitational will pit top Varsity teams from around the country against each other in a  round robin format. This Varsity-focused tournament will be separate from our other tournament offerings. If your school is working on spinning up a Varsity program for Call of Duty, be sure to apply by February 14th to be considered for the inaugural 2020 Varsity Invitational.

Staff and students at colleges and universities that officially sanction or tangibly support esports as a student activity are welcome to apply to be part of the Call of Duty Collegiate Series: Varsity Invitational. If you are unsure whether or not your school qualifies for the Tespa Varsity program, we invite you to check out the application form below for more information - or, you can reach out to varsity@tespa.org for more information.

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Call of Duty Collegiate Series: Varsity

After the application period, we'll be inviting the top Varsity programs to face off against each other during the regular round robin season, as outlined below. Once the round robin phase concludes, we'll also invite some of the top CCL teams to face off against the top Varsity teams in Tespa's first ever Call of Duty Collegiate Invitational.

We're huge fans of what the folks over at the CCL have been doing, and in order to provide the best experience to all of the Collegiate Call of Duty players, it was a no-brainer to include them in our Spring plans. Be sure to check out their regular season broadcasts to find your favorite teams to rally behind at their twitch page.


Disclaimer: All non-invitational Tespa Call of Duty tournaments throughout the year may be cross-play enabled, with all inputs as an option.

Game modes will mirror those outlined in the Call of Duty League official rules, with Search & Destroy, Hardpoint, and Domination making up the regular season's play. To ensure tournament integrity the Varsity series will be hosted on ALL PLATFORMS, but will be input-locked to the controller setting for the entirety of the Invitational.

Call of Duty Collegiate Series: Ladder

Alongside the Varsity Invitational, and the CCL's regular season, Tespa will be hosting a collegiate ladder on GameBattles. Here, any caliber of player can find pickup games on demand to get matched against players of similar skill. The ladder is open to all verified college students, and when it goes live in February, we'll have more details about the active dates and incentives.

Call of Duty Collegiate Series: Spring Duos

After the incredible response we saw this Fall, we plan to host more Duos tournaments this Spring. We'll have more info to share with you later, but know that there will be cross-platform & inputs fully unlocked, duos tournaments in 2020! Stay tuned to our social channels and we'll share the full details when we're ready.
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Tournament Format

The Call of Duty Invitational consists of 3 phases: The Varsity Round Robin Bracket, the CCL Top Cut, and the Single Elimination Bracket. The CCL main season and Varsity Round Robin brackets will occur in parallel throughout the start of the Spring Semester. Once top performers are pulled out, following the dates listed, we'll be creating a single-elimination bracket containing both Varsity and CCL teams.

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2020 Spring Tournament Schedule

Application Period Today - Feb. 14
Varsity Regular Season Mar. 02 - Mar. 24
Invitational Bracket Apr. 06 - Apr. 14
Grand Finals TBA

Eligibility Policies

Throughout our years of operating tournaments, Tespa has always stayed true to our first core value: "STUDENTS FIRST."We believe that self-betterment and career development should always be a student's primary focus, and we hold all of our students accountable to the same eligibility standards to preserve that balance. This section is a summary of our Official Rules, which will be released soon. To get an idea of what to expect, check out the 2019 Varsity ruleset for Overwatch here.

Student Eligibility

In order to compete in the Varsity Series, players must:

  • Be a legal resident, or legal temporary resident, of the United States or Canada
  • Be above the age of majority in their respective state or province
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited university or college
  • Be in good standing according to their university's policies

For any non-varsity competition, we only require half-time enrollment or higher.

Student Sportsmanship

We hold our competitors to a high standard when it comes to their behavior, whether they're in an official match or just playing online. As the college esports ecosystem continues to evolve and develop, it's up to us (and you) to set a precedent of kindness, compassion and sportsmanship within our leagues. These requirements are the start of a wider effort to standardize and elevate our sportsmanship and discipline policies across all our tournaments & programs. They are also a summary of our Official Rules, which will be released soon. To get an idea of what to expect, check out the 2019 Varsity ruleset for Overwatch here.

Player Conduct

In order to compete in the Varsity Series, students must:

  • Be in good standing on any Blizzard or Activision accounts registered in their name (that is, not Suspended, Silenced, Suspended or Banned)
  • Not have any major account discipline incidents logged on their Blizzard accounts within the past 6 months
  • Not use foul language or engage in conduct that cound be deemed obscene, foul, abusive, or otherwise offensive.
  • Not promote or incite hatred or discriminatory conduct.
  • Not discriminate on the basis of race, skin color, gender, sexual orientation, or any other reason.

Every member of your team should review, understand and adhere to the full list of conduct requirements outlined in our Official Rules. Should you feel that any of our competitors are in violation of the conduct rules above, or is otherwise violating the Official Rules of the tournament, please report them via our Team Misconduct Report Form. We take your reports very seriously, and investigate every allegation to the fullest extent we can.