The Call of Duty League team London Royal Ravens announced Tuesday that it will officially make the move to Charlotte, North Carolina, and be rebranded as the Carolina Royal Ravens. The news confirms reporting from Sports Business Journal esports reporter Kevin Hitt on June 14.
The Infinite Reality-owned Call of Duty League franchise was considering moves to other regions such as Madrid, Mexico City, and Washington, DC, but apparently decided that the best place to be for a Call of Duty League team is in North Carolina. Other speculation at the time was that it might be rebranded as a KOI property, much like what was done last year when Rogue was rolled into that organization and rebranded as KOI.
With the move to North America, this serves as the end of Call of Duty League having any presence in Europe; you may recall that Paris Legion was moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, last summer and was rebranded as Vegas Legion.
Changes were in the wind for the CDL team in early-June when it was revealed that Infinite Reality Chief Gaming Officer Michael O’Dell was “let go” by the company. O’Dell joined ReKTGlobal in July 2019 as chief gaming officer, a role he stayed in until June, transitioning to Infinite Reality when ReKTGlobal was acquired by the company in an all-stock deal (valued at $470M USD) in July of 2022. O’Dell focused his efforts on Call of Duty League team London Royal Ravens and KOI Esports. O’Dell recently found at new home and role as director of pro gaming & esports at Scan Computers.