Envy Gaming secures North Texas rights to future Call of Duty city-based esports league
DALLAS (May 2, 2019) – Envy Call of Duty is planting permanent roots in Dallas. One of the most-winning organizations in Call of Duty esports history, Envy Gaming, has secured the North Texas franchise rights to play for hometown Texas fans in the city-based Call of Duty esports league being developed by Activision Blizzard. Envy is one of the founding franchises to be announced as a partner of the future league.
“Our organization’s roots are in Call of Duty. Envy was founded as a professional Call of Duty team in 2007 and my own journey as an esports professional began as a Call of Duty player, coach and broadcaster,” said Mike Rufail, owner and CEO of Envy Gaming. “We’ve built one of the most-winning Call of Duty teams in the world over the last decade and are excited to bring that heritage to the new league as the hometown Call of Duty franchise for Dallas.”
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First established as a Call of Duty team in 2007 when Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare comprised the competitive scene, Envy has enjoyed a storied history of success and fielded teams of the world’s greatest players in global Call of Duty competition.
Envy is the 2016 Call of Duty World League Champions, has won multiple MLG and major LAN events and played in some of the most famous Call of Duty matches of all time. Envy also owns distinction as the organization with the most grand finals appearances in Call of Duty Championship history (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017).
Today, Envy Call of Duty competes in Call of Duty World League (CWL), which fields five vs. five play in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
“North Texas is a great sports market. Envy Gaming is fortunate to call this home. Our players are excited to live and compete here and we’re excited to secure the city franchise in Call of Duty esports to pair with our hugely successful Overwatch League franchise the Dallas Fuel,” said Geoff Moore, president and COO of Envy Gaming. “The fans here follow Envy and support what we’re building in big ways. Bringing Call of Duty fans in North Texas a top franchise fits our history and future with Call of Duty perfectly.”
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Envy Gaming is led by owner and CEO Mike Rufail with strategic investment partners Ken Hersh and Hersh Interactive Group. Envy Gaming recently hosted the first home games in esports history, as 9,000 fans attended a two-day, sold out event in North Texas featuring two Dallas Fuel home games in Overwatch League competition.