Are you ready for the Service Academy Skirmish?
On Dec. 7 the U.S. Army, Navy, and Coast Guard academies will compete in a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III esports competition. Where to watch, and more.
Rivalries don’t get much better than this.
On Thursday December 7, 2023—just 48 hours before the annual American football tradition known as the Army-Navy Game—the U.S. Army, Navy, and Coast Guard academies will compete in an esports competition like never before.
It’s called the Service Academy Skirmish, and it’s a virtual battle for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III supremacy in the form of a round robin tournament. The winning service academy gets to take on the Boston Breach, the professional Call of Duty League esports team owned by Kraft Sports Group and Oxygen Esports.
Um, no pressure.
In the 21st century, it only makes sense to relocate a more than century-old rivalry to a digital forum. Instead of facing off at Gillette Stadium (the site of this year’s Army-Navy game), Skirmish teams may tussle in Quarry, Rust, or Scrapyard. Instead of moving the pigskin down the field, players will choose among 114 weapons including the Sidewinder, Striker, and Riveter.
And this competition arrives with a completely clean slate. Unlike on the gridiron, where Navy carries the historic edge in terms of total wins, no team arrives with baggage. The crown is any academy’s to claim.
The Service Academy Skirmish is hosted by the Activision Blizzard King Veteran Employee Network, an employee-led affinity organization where veterans can connect, support each other, and build community.
In other words: You won’t want to miss this. Tune in on your platform of choice at 2 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 7 to catch the action: