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Reece James to participate in a Call of Duty ‘Hype Battle’ this weekend

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Set to conquer in esports, because being a star right back is not enough

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UPDATE: Or not. James confirmed on Twitter on Sunday that he won’t be able to participate after all.


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It’s winter break time! Time for footballers to do what they like to do in their spare time, like go to the beach, go to clubs, hang out with their families, tend to their businesses, take their dog on jet ski rides (miss you, Diego), or play video games.

For a certain Reece James, it’s some of the latter, but turned up to eleven as he tries to vanquish his opponents at a Call of Duty esports event. (Ed.note: Gotta have that winning mentality at all times)

The 20-year old will be participating in an exhibition-style “Hype Battle” as part of the Call of Duty League 2020 Season Home Series, set to be held at the Copper Box Arena, Hackney in London this weekend.

Here’s what the organizers had to say:

“A skilled full defender, James has been training with Chelsea since he was six years old. In addition to his 2019 team debut, he recently became the youngest player to ever score in the Champions League.

“A longtime Call of Duty fan who was introduced to the franchise at the age of 12 with Modern Warfare 2, James will take to the London Royal Ravens Home Series main stage to prove himself in esports competition. In the Call of Duty League Hype Battle, James will face off against international electronic dance music icon DJ Nicky Romero and twin brothers Skrapz and Wuskin of the Royal Ravens, who are back competing on the same team for the first time in three years.

“The players will compete in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s 2v2 “Gunfight” mode in front of the UK’s most enthusiastic fans.”

This is the first official weekend of the inaugural 12-team “Call of Duty League”, set to be held in various cities across the USA and Europe — thus the “London Home Series” right now. All matches from both Saturday and Sunday will also be streamed live on the official Call of Duty League YouTube page.

Reece plays on Sunday, at 4:30pm GMT / 11:30am EST.

Good luck, Rolls-Reece!