Controller remains the only allowed peripheral.
The Call of Duty League (CDL) will be moving their competition over to the PC platform and therefore away from consoles. According to the announcement, the only allowed peripherals in CDL and Call of Duty Challengers will be “League-approved controllers”, though the platform in the latter will move over to crossplay. Mouse and keyboard will not be permitted.
“This change provides players with expanded choice of controller, allowing them to select the League-approved controller style that works best for their game,” the announcement stated. The list of controllers which will be approved has not been published yet.
The announcement comes at an interesting time with the new generation of consoles for Playstation and Xbox launching this year. There are several theories as to why this decision was made, ranging from providing the best competitive framework on a more performant platform to being able to attract hardware sponsors more easily.
Critics of the move name the ease of cheating on the platform as a potential problem that could be hurting competitive integrity especially with LAN tournaments still being an uncertainty due to the global pandemic. However, so far the move is generally well-received.