Call of Duty eSports competitions might not be as popular as some other competitions such as Dota 2, League of Legends, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive but Call of Duty has managed to maintain and in many cases increase their fan base all over the world. Right now, some Call of Duty eSports competitions are toe to toe with some of the previously mentioned competitions and that is a sign of the improvement that Call of Duty eSports community has done.
Recently, one of the most successful Call of Duty eSports organizations is Splyce and this organization can be characterized as truly a global organization. At this moment, this organization is hosting teams in different eSports competitions including Super Smash Bros Melee, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, Gears of war, Halo, Street Fighter, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and of course Call of Duty.
Despite all those teams, their Call of Duty team has been by far the most successful one as they have managed to win several very important trophies. Besides that, Splyce’s Call of Duty team is currently considered to be one of the best in the world if not the best.
Spylce’s Call of Duty team has been launched in 2015 and in a very short period of time they managed to achieve results that many other teams are just dreaming about. Currently, the headquarters of this organization are in North America but they have offices, players and other staff in all regions of the word including Europe, South America, and South Korea. This is just one example of why many consider Splyce to be a global eSports organization.
Before Splyce became known as Splyce this team was known under the name Follow eSports and once they changed their name to Splyce it was time to build up their Call of Duty team from scratch. The first player that joined Splyce’s new Call of Duty team was Joshua-Lee ‘Joshh’ Shephard. Not long after the announcement that Joshh will be joining the team, Splyce has also announced that their second place in the team will be Jordan ‘Reedy’ Reed.
Around the same time, Splyce announce the names of the last two players that will be playing under their flags and those two players were James ‘Dominate’ Batz and Ben ‘Bance’ Bance. Dominate did not stay a long time in the team because he left the organization after only one month. On the other hand, Bance remained in the team and he is still one of the most important players in the team.
Around the same time when Dominate left the team, Reedy also decided to quit the team and in the end they were replaced by Billy ‘Hawqeh’ Harris and Stephen ‘Vortex’ Allen but they too would leave the team and join other eSports organization not long after signing with this organization.
When Splyce started competing in Call of Duty competitions, the game that was played at that time was Black Ops III. During that period, Splyce had several good results but they were not able to go all the way till the end and win the trophies. Because of that, during that period, their best result is second place on several occasions. Only later in 2016 Splyce will be able to win their first title in the Call of Duty competition.
With the start of Infinite Warfare season, Splyce had very big expectations and in order to fulfill those expectations they decided to make a change in their roster. At that time, the team decided that it would be the best if Joshh would leave the team which he did but he returned soon after that together with two other players as well, Jurd and MadCat. In the meantime, Vortex and Hawqeh have already left the team.
In February 2017, Joshh announced that he will be stepping down from the team and that he will be changing his status to inactive. Splyce reacted quickly and signed Zer0 as a replacement for Joshh. In March of this year, Joshh announced that he will be leaving the organization for good. In almost two years, Splyce has made very little changes in their roster which according to some is the key to their success they had in the competition.
The first big tournament where Splyce participated was 2016 EU CWL Stage 1 Pro Division Qualifying Invitational Tournament and even though they lost to Millenium in a crucial match they still managed to defeat Team Orbit UK as well as FAB Games eSports which was enough for them to claim their spot in the EU CWL Stage 1 Regular Season.
In the playoffs of that tournament, Splyce defeated excel eSports and the biggest favorite of the tournament, Team Infused. However, they fell short to Millenium once again in the final. At that moment, many were wondering who were those players who appeared out of nowhere and took down the biggest favorites for the title. At the ESWC that same year, Splyce reached the grand finals once again after eliminating FaZe Clan and Rise Nation but they could not do anything against OpTic Gaming in the finals.
However, soon after that tournament, Splyce will win their first international tournament and it would happen at the Gfinity Summer Masters 2016. Besides that, they also won the title at the CWL Challenge Division and MLG Pro Points Series while the finished in the third place at the 2016 EU CWL Stage 2 Regular Season. With those points, Splyce managed to secure their spot at the 2016 Call of Duty World League Championship but once again they could not make the crucial step. After taking the first map, Splyce lost the following three maps against Team EnVyUs in the grand finals and they finished in the second place once again.
2017 did not start very well for them because they finished in the 5-6th place at the CWL Atlanta Open, in the 4th place at CWL Dallas Open as well as in the 5-8th place at the CWL Paris Open which was far below their expectations. However, after series of not so good results, Splyce came to 2017 CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 where rarely anyone expected them to be among the main contenders because of their previous results that year.
Despite that, Splyce had an amazing tournament as they fought their way to the final. Even though they were famous for not being able to win big matches, Splyce proved everyone wrong as they final won in the final and took their first title of the year. Besides that, that was the only case in eight years that some European team has won a title on North American soil.
Players who won that title are still part of the Splyce’s Call of Duty team and those players are Ben ‘Bance’ Bance, Jordan ‘Jurd’ Crowley, Trei ‘Zer0’ Morris, and Dylan ‘MadCat’ Daly. During those two years, Splyce made few changes in their team which enabled players to connect with each other and to get familiar with their style of play which became crucial in so many different occasions.
Even though 2017 has not been that successful as 2016, for example, Splyce is still among the top Call of Duty teams and they are one of the main contenders for the title at every tournament in which they participate.
Total Prize Money Won
During less than two years that Splyce has been present in the eSports community they managed to win $1,268,654.15 dollars only from the prize pools. Considering that it took them less than two years to achieve that, it can be said that they have become very successful Call of Duty organization.
Ben ‘Bance’ Bance has been one of the members of the original team and it is no wonder that he is in the top position when it comes to their players that earned the most money and he earned $165,512.50. Huge source of income for Splyce and for every other eSports team are sponsorship deals and it can be said that Splyce is one of the most successful organization in that aspect as well.
Currently, they have signed sponsorship deals with several companies including eSports Academy, Corsair, GFUEL, Proxy Server, Twitch, Delaware North, Scuf Gaming and many others. Splyce is not going anywhere and it seems that their best days are yet to come.