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Major League Gaming
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General Information
Industry: Professional Gaming League
Founded: 2002
Headquarters: New York City, New York, USA
Key people: Sundance DiGiovanni (co-founder)
Mike Sepso (co-founder)
John Nelson (Comissioner)
Events: Major League Gaming
Website: majorleaguegaming.com

About

Major League Gaming, often abbreviated MLG, founded in 2002 by Sundance DiGiovanni and Mike Sepso, is a North American professional Electronic sports organisation, headquartered in New York City. MLG has held official video game tournaments throughout the United States and Canada, which were sometimes broadcast on television. The company has also been involved in game development, after buying a software developer for online gaming communities [1]. MLG's aim is to elevate computer and console game tournaments to viable competitive and spectator events [2]. Even though it used to focus on FPS (First Person Shooter games) and fighting games, MLG eventually opened its horizons to RTS (Real Time Strategy games) and MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games) with StarCraft II and League of Legends, respectively in 2010 and 2011.

Game Roster

The MLG Pro Circuit roster currently includes Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for the Xbox 360, and League of Legends for the PC.

Major League Gaming also hosts a series of online qualifier ladders for the online-only pro circuit titles leading to the national championship. In the past, MLG hosted Super Smash Bros Melee tournaments during the 2006 MLG season and other games such as Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Tekken 5, Gears of War, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas, Shadowrun, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, Call of Duty 4, and Gears of War 2.

Each team must purchase a team pass to compete. Halo 3, Gears of War, and Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 teams include 4 members, while World of Warcraft teams include 3 members.

On February 6, 2009, MLG Commissioner John Nelson addressed the MLG community about changing the format for the 2009 pro circuit. Semi-pro teams now have the opportunity to gain pro status. The rolling rank points system and the championship bracket were also modified.

In March 2010, it was announced that fighting games will be returning to the pro circuit, with Tekken 6 exclusively on the PlayStation 3, and the return of the Smash competition with Super Smash Bros. Brawl. These two games will appear in the season opener in Orlando, along with the league's flagship, Halo 3, which will make its third season with the league.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be making its debut on the Online Pro Circuit on Gamebattles for PlayStation 3. Originally, the game was on both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Due to excessive hacking on the Xbox 360 console via JTAGs, it has been stripped of its "Pro Circuit" branding. Prize payouts will remain the same on both consoles. Playstation 3 players will be eligible to accumulate Pro Points. Those who have enough Pro Points at the end of the 3rd season of the Online Pro Circuit will be eligible to compete live at the MLG Nationals held in Dallas. Those competing on the Xbox 360 will not earn pro points and will have championships held online.

On April 27th, 2012, Major League Gaming announced that they were adding League of Legends to the remaining 2012 Pro Circuit events.[3]

On 2013, MLG announced that they will drop Halo and pick up Call of Duty: Black Ops and also created a partnership with Sony and will make PlanetSide 2 an eSports title game.

Infinite Crisis has also partnered up with MLG as well, and StarCraft 2 is dropped for MLG Columbus.

MLG Pro Circuit

The early ediitons of MLG Pro Circuit featured mostly First Person Shooter games such as Halo, and fighting games such as Super Smash Bros. However, the league welcomed its first Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game in August 2011 when it held the first League of Legends tournament in Raleigh. A second tournament was held during the 2011 season at the National Championships in Providence

The first event of the 2012 MLG season was the Spring Championship. This event was followed by the Summer Arena and the Summer Championship. [4]

Tournaments

List of MLG Pro Circuit Events

Event Date Winner Runner-Up
2011 MLG Pro Circuit
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2011 MLG Pro Circuit Raleigh 2011 (2011.08.26—2011.08.28)
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 CLG Prime
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 Epik Gamer
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2011 MLG Pro Circuit Providence 2011 (2011.11.18—2011.11.20)
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 Team SoloMid
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 Epik Gamer
2012 MLG Pro Circuit
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2012 MLG Pro Circuit Spring Championship 2012 (2012.06.08—2012.06.10)
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 Team SoloMid
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 CLG Prime
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2012 MLG Pro Circuit Summer Arena 2012 (2012.08.03—2012.08.05) South Korea Azubu Blaze
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 Team SoloMid
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2012 MLG Pro Circuit Summer Championship 2012 (2012.08.24—2012.08.26)
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 Curse Gaming 1
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 Team Dignitas 1
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2012 MLG Pro Circuit Fall Championship 2012 (2012.11.02—2012.11.04)
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 Azubu Blaze
South Korea NaJin Sword
  *  = Extended Series
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= Global Event
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= MLG Championship

1 Curse Gaming and Team Dignitas were later disqualified from the 2012 MLG Pro Circuit Summer Championship due to collusion.

Selected Statistics

Medals won per Region

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North America North America 4 5 5
Europe Europe 0 0 1
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China
0 0 0
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Korea
2 1 0


References

  1. "Agora Games acquired" bizjournals.com
  2. Major League Gaming goes big league news.cnet.com
  3. Major League Gaming Announces League of Legends to Join 2012 MLG Pro Circuit majorleaguegaming.com
  4. The MLG Summer Season majorleaguegaming.com