By Jeremy M. Zoss in Gaming News
Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 10:00 am
|Hopefully it looks nothing like this.|
We know that Activision is always looking for ways to expand the reach of its flagship shooter Call of Duty. The paid online program Call of Duty Elite is a good example of that. We wouldn't have been surprised to hear that announcement followed with with news of a movie, toy line, TV show or something along those lines.
But a convention? That one caught us a little bit off guard.
Activision announced today that the first-ever fan festival for the franchise will be held this September 2 and 3 in Los Angeles. "Call of Duty XP 2011" The gathering will feature Black Ops tournaments (with a million dollar prize!), hands-on time with Modern Warfare 3 and the full-featured version of Call of Duty Elite, live entertainment, and, most impressively, a paintball tournament in a life-sized version of the map "The Pit" from Modern Warfare 2. That's... pretty badass.
Tickets for Call of Duty XP will be available soon for $150. Before you accuse Activision of flagrant greed, it should be noted that 100% of the proceeds go to the Call of Duty Endowment, the non-profit organization that that helps veterans adjust back into civilian life.
Congrats on creating a public gathering of video gamers that seems both cool and classy, Activision.