Call of Duty Convention Hitting LA In September

By Jeremy M. Zoss in Gaming News
Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 10:00 am
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Hopefully it looks nothing like this.
​Well, this is... unexpected.

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. 

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