Call of Duty XP event to feature Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer debut, $1 million tournament, and paintball

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?

Jun 30, 2011


  • Limbo - July 3, 2011 4:51 a.m.

    That honestly sounds fun as hell. CoD isn't my favorite game, but paintball on recreated maps? That would be fun no matter what game it is. Too bad it's expensive, I'm not 18, and I live on the other side of the country.
  • VaneTrago - July 2, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    As if they would be stupid enough to let 13-17 year old children compete with professional paintball players or trained soldiers on a paintball course. Of course it's 18+, and if I was more of a CoD fan I'd be all over this. Living in Alaska also doesn't help, but nevertheless this is a hell of an idea and I truly love the way big game companies are going balls out with promotional events for their games. Your recaptcha's are getting pretty fuckin' weird these days. - frucktum eradicate
  • Gameguy94 - June 30, 2011 6 p.m.

    If this event was for Battlefield 3 or Skyrim, I'd go. Although I don't like CoD much this does look quite fun.
  • Dman3981 - June 30, 2011 5:57 p.m.

    I can't wait to see kids trying to drop shot and 360 no scope other kids with paintballs. All seriousness though I would love to go, use to be on a paintball team in high school, but $150 ticket on top of a airplane ticket from Ontario is to much trouble to bother.
  • ThatGamerDude - June 30, 2011 5:09 p.m.

    Damn I have $150 but Im tempted to go to this but then again Im not a dumbass. Maybe next time.
  • locaos - June 30, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    The age is 18 and up. You guys should read the FAQ.
  • SideOfBeef - June 30, 2011 4:03 p.m.

    Here's to another 8 years of kids telling me paintball is like CoD *sigh* I'm curious how they'll handle the logistics though, depending just how large a scale this event is. I'm guessing they'll partner with a local field to borrow expertise and rental equipment (for markers, probably the Tippman/Army Alpha Black, a common rental paintball marker with an M4 styling). If they're interesting in the Pit speedrun thing they might want to let people use the TPX or maybe one of the KT pistols (the two cheapest mag-fed pistols I'm aware of). Fields don't normally rent out pistols though, so this might be too much effort. The big question will be maintenance though. Paintball equipment (masks, markers, whatever) gets finicky when you cycle them through hundreds of people, especially kids. I really hope Activision talks to some people with real paintball experience when they plan this thing, or there'll be a lot of angry parents when their kid's mask fogs up and their marker starts vomiting.
  • AlphaAGENT144 - June 30, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    90% of the people attending will be 13 year old boys throwing curses at each other more than the paintballs watch.
  • cj12297 - June 30, 2011 12:12 p.m.

    Paintball in COD maps would be awesome but $150 is a lot. I'd go if it was cheaper and near to me.
  • AGENTJORRRG - June 30, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    Paintball in recreated CoD maps? That would be fun as hell!

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