Minnesota Vikings owners WISE Ventures announced the name and logo of its Call of Duty League team, which will be called Minnesota RøKKR. The team’s branding was also revealed, featuring a Viking helmet and a black, blue, and purple color scheme.
The name Røkkr, which is pronounced “rocker,” is Old Norse for “twilight” and is commonly associated with Ragnarøkkr (Ragnarok), the end of the world.
The team also announced that it will be hosting the inaugural Call of Duty League Launch Weekend from January 24–26, 2020, at the Minneapolis Armory. All 12 professional CoD League teams will compete across three days during the opening weekend of the regular season.
The Call of Duty League Launch Weekend will also feature the season’s first Call of Duty Challengers Open, during which amateur players from across the globe will compete as teams in an open-bracket tournament format.
“We wanted something unique, but we also wanted something that stayed true to those goals that we started with at the beginning of having something that made sense for this region,” explained WISE Ventures CEO Brett Diamond. “Eventually, we came to RøKKR and liked how that played in a lot of different ways.”
“The logo itself is intended to be this mysterious helmeted figure emerging from the shadows, and you’re ready to join the battle of Ragnarök,” Diamond said.
The franchise has signed Adam “GodRx” Brown, Adam “Assault” Garcia, Alex “Alexx” Carpenter, Devin “TTinyy” Robinson, Justin “SiLLY” Fargo, Kaden “Exceed” Stockdale, and Obaid “Asim” Asim to its roster. They also recruited Brian “Saintt” Baroska as head coach and Jacob “REPPIN” Trobaugh as its analyst.
The franchises that have already confirmed their CoD teams include Atlanta FaZe, Dallas Empire, Florida Mutineers, London Royal Ravens, Los Angeles Guerrillas, New York Subliners, OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, and Toronto Ultra.
The only franchises yet to be revealed are NRG Esports’ Chicago, Contact Gaming in Paris, and Luminosity Gaming parent company Enthusiast Gaming Holdings in Seattle.
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