Command Clash Will Pit Airmen Against Celebrities in Call of Duty Competition


As military involvement in esports continues to rise, the Air Force Services Center announced Wednesday that it has partnered with Viper Gaming for the launch of the Command Clash esports series starting on Sept 26. The series will bring together 29 Airmen from Nellis Air Force Base, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Joint Bases San Antonio-Lackland, and Langley-Eustis who will compete against celebrities and professional athletes such as NFL greats Clay Matthews and Ahman Green in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

The six-part series will be shown via the Air Force’s new Twitch channel on Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. ET airing every Saturday through Oct. 31 culminating in one Airman being crowned Grand Champion. 

The show will be hosted by Lisa Malambri and Jeff Leach.

In early 2020, the Air Force officially stepped into the esports space following a survey of more than 377,000 airmen used to gauge their interest in gaming and esports. The survey received one of the greatest response rates for any internal survey in the history of the U.S. Air Force.

According to the AFSVC, the 29 Airmen selected for the inaugural Command Clash were chosen among the respondents of the survey from the top four installations. The AFSVC team analyzed the social and gaming profiles of more than 3,000 survey participants with a focus on finding players who “embodied what it means to be an Airmen” – not just game skill alone.

Command Clash will be produced by Viper Gaming in partnership with Atomic Infotech, Convoke, and Athletes Brand TV.



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