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US Space Force Beats UK Military E-Sports Teams In 'Call Of Duty' Tournament

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The US Space Force has won the first transatlantic military eSports tournament after defeating the Royal Air Force team in the final.

US and UK Armed Forces teams competed in a 'Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War' tournament on Friday.

The tournament was created by Call of Duty Endowment (CODE), a non-profit organisation launched by game developers Activision Blizzard, that aims to place military veterans in high-quality jobs.

Speaking to Forces News as the online event took place, Major Tim Elliott, Officer in Command of Army eSports, said the UK military teams were invited "months ago" to take part in the tournament by Activision.

"They asked us whether we would like to put a team in for a charitable event where we would take on the American military.

"They also asked the RAF and the Royal Navy and all three of us got together and decided [that] yes, we would give it a go."

Maj Elliott also added that it was the Army eSports' first "major tournament2 and they were "very excited".

The British Army and the Royal Navy were eliminated ahead of the final, taking the overall third and fifth places in the competition respectively.

The Officer in Command of Army eSports also explained that the US Forces have been competing in online tournaments of this kind for "over 10 years".

"They've actually structured and they’re actually financed, and they have soldiers who do this for a living.

"We, on the other hand, all three services only really started forming this, sort of, this year," he said.

Although the UK teams did not win the tournament, Maj Elliott also discussed the important mental health aspects and benefits behind it.

"We do it very much for the purpose of community within the Army.

"It’s a welfare structure for the Army, it's open 24/7 and soldiers, when they're off duty, can call in, play a game with their mates and communicate with them," he said.

Cover image: US Department of Defense.