Los Angeles may not be getting screen-time in Modern Warfare 3, but the city is set to host to one of the largest and most unique Call of Duty events yet in the form of Call of Duty XP 2011. Usually, hundreds of gun-crazy young men cooped up in “a secure 12-acre compound in the urban confines of Los Angeles” would be cause for an ATF callout. But this Labor Day weekend, the occasion is the first in what Activision promises will become an inaugural event for the CoD community. Starting out big, this year's Call of Duty XP event will feature demos of Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer and new Spec-Ops survival co-op modes, as well as a $1 million Call of Duty tournament and paintball match set in recreated CoD maps.
Above: Could you speedrun The Pit this fast IRL? As you can imagine, photos of the recreated paintball maps are a long way off – but you'll have your chance
In addition to the hands-on debut of the new MW3 modes, a full-featured Call of Duty Elite will be on show for players to sample. Developers will also be on hand to host Q&A and discussion panels, and a live CoD armory/museum will complement “AAA live entertainment,” says Activision
Newcomers and slouches alike (present) will be able to compete with veterans in the big tournament, with rewards of “up to one million dollars” in prizes but Activision promises events and rewards for the grizzled and inexperienced alike. The high-profile main event will be preceded by a series of local Black Ops qualifying rounds, but on-site entrants will also be offered the chance to prove themselves.
Ticketing information and contest details will be available at Activision's Call of Duty XP site, with tickets going on sale July 19 for $150. The entirety of profits from ticket sales will help the rehabilitation and job placement of veterans through the Call of Duty Endowment. Will you be queuing for a ticket?
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