The Royal Ravens, a team from London, has left Europe and come to the United States to participate in the 2024 Call of Duty League season. This move marks the end of all European franchises in the league after four seasons.
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The London team has now made its new home in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has changed its name to the Carolina Royal Ravens. They are following the example of other sports teams in Charlotte, like the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, by adopting the “Carolina” name.
COD is coming to the Carolinas 👑
We're thrilled to announce we're taking our royal wings to the Queen City, Charlotte, NC. The next chapter of the Royal Ravens will be fueled by the energy, culture, and resilience of the Carolinas.
We want to thank all of our London fans. From… pic.twitter.com/usLFEepRTo
— Carolina Royal Ravens (@RoyalRavens) September 5, 2023
The Royal Ravens got their name from the ravens at the Tower of London, which are seen as protectors of the Crown. Charlotte, where they moved to, is called “The Queen City” because it’s named after a former Queen named Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Although they kept the UK-inspired name, both EU-based franchises, including the Paris Legion, have now left their home countries.
The Royal Ravens are owned by Infinite Reality, which bought their former parent company ReKTGlobal for a lot of money in July 2022. They had other options to move to cities like Mexico City, Washington D.C., and Chicago. The Royal Ravens are the second team to change their name this offseason, following the Florida Mutineers, who became the Miami Heretics.
As for the Royal Ravens’ players, they let go of all of them in June before the rebranding. We don’t know yet who will play for the team in their first season in Carolina.
The Royal Ravens took their name from the Tower of London’s ravens, known as protectors of the Crown. Charlotte, their new home, is nicknamed “The Queen City” after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. EU-based franchises, like the Paris Legion, have all left their home countries. Infinite Reality, their owner, acquired ReKTGlobal for a hefty sum in July 2022. They had options to move to cities like Mexico City, Washington D.C., and Chicago. Following the Florida Mutineers’ name change to the Miami Heretics, the Royal Ravens are the second team to rebrand this offseason. Their roster is still unknown for their inaugural season in Carolina.