The esports arm of Scottish football club Celtic have secured a spot in the Call of Duty World League (CWL) Championship.
They are one of 32 teams taking part in the $2m tournament, kicking off today (August 14th) and running until August 18th at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.
Celtic Esports’ five-man Call of Duty roster is all-UK, featuring the following:
- Sean ‘Seany’ O’Connor (Scottish)
- Shea ‘QwiKeR’ Sweeney (Scottish)
- Ben ‘Bance’ Bance (English)
- Byron ‘Nastie’ Plumridge (English)
- Sam ‘Chain’ Dineley (Northern Irish)
Celtic said in their announcement that Seany and QwiKeR are from Glasgow and have been Celtic supporters their whole life.
Miguel Pacheco, Celtic FC’s international business development manager, commented: “This is a great opportunity in an esports area where we see almost no engagement from professional football clubs or traditional sports organisations.
“As we continue to develop and grow our Celtic FC Esports initiative, we are delighted to be able to support the team in such a high-profile esports event which has been incredibly successful in recent years.”
“This is a great opportunity in an esports area where we see almost no engagement from professional football clubs or traditional sports organisations.”
Miguel Pacheco, Celtic FC
The football club is also currently exploring the idea of expanding into other esports competitions.
Celtic added in a statement: “This will be a great opportunity for Celtic FC Esports to align with a world-class esports event. It will give the team worldwide exposure, before Activision converts the league into a city-based franchised model with slots going for $25m each. Franchises have already been sold to owners in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris, and Toronto so far.”
Things are not so great for Celtic on the football front right now – they were knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers by Romanian side CFR Cluj 5-4 on aggregate last night (August 13th).
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.