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Will TSM Return to COD Esports As The CDL Suffers? Esports.net

Recently, TSM emerged on social media, offering up a lengthy post that discussed the current state of affairs for the organisation. Despite being one of the most valuable esports organisations in the business, ‘Team SoloMid’ hasn’t found itself immune to the tightening financial woes of the industry over the last few years. However, the organisation leadership team stresses that the firm is resilient and wants to get back into several top-tier esports titles at the highest level, including Call of Duty.

Once upon a time, TSM fielded a presence in the COD World League, but it wasn’t an overwhelmingly successful stint. Since pulling out of the COD ecosystem years ago, TSM has had nothing to do with the popular first-person shooter franchise – but that could be set to change. Although, it does come at a strange time, as in recent days, nothing but bad press has emerged from the Call of Duty League, which is COD’s top-tier tournament. From lay-offs to issues with viewership and debates around broadcast deals to internal beef, there’s a lot for COD fans to be concerned about.

But is TSM prepared to weather those worries to get back into the circle?


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In the post that was written on Reddit, TSM said:

‘We want to reaffirm that TSM is still fully committed to esports. Although we cannot share many of the finer details of our plans for the future, we can confirm that we are actively looking to participate in multiple Tier 1 esports including League of Legends, VALORANT, and Call of Duty … Call of Duty has a really dedicated community and it’s something we would love to be a part of.’

It was stressed that the organisation desires to enter the VALORANT Champions Tour and to get back into League of Legends esports. Following a return to Rocket League in 2024, TSM seems to be on a mission to broaden its esports horizons, but some followers and fans of the organisation are doubting the validity of these promises. That’s particularly true where Call of Duty is concerned, with some users pointing out that there’s a $25 million ‘buy-in’ for the Call of Duty League, and at present, the future of the League stands on a knife-edge.

Recently, mass layoffs took place within Activision Blizzard, leaving a skeleton crew running the esports scene. These layoffs particularly impacted the Call of Duty League, which is bad news for everyone involved – particularly organisations looking to get into the ecosystem after a hiatus lasting several years.

At present, this is mostly conjecture. There are no certainties around the future of the CDL or TSM, and only time will tell what happens next.


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Grant Taylor-Hill

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