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Major League Gaming
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
Global Invitational
Website: majorleaguegaming.com

About[edit]

Major League Gaming, often abbreviated as MLG, was founded in 2002 by Sundance DiGiovanni and Mike Sepso. It is a North American professional competitive video gaming organization, headquartered in New York City. MLG has held large video game tournaments throughout the United States and Canada, some of them even being broadcast to a television audience. The company has also been involved in game development, having bought a software developer that specializes in building online gaming communities [1].

MLG's aim is to elevate computer and console video game tournaments to become viable and mainstream competitive spectator events [2]. Beginning with a focus on FPS (First Person Shooter games) and fighting games, MLG eventually embraced the RTS (Real Time Strategy games) and MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games) genres with the adoption of StarCraft II and League of Legends, in 2010 and 2011.

On April 17, 2012, it was announced that Major League Gaming has reached a partnership agreement with CBS Interactive. CBS Interactive is now the exclusive online broadcaster for Major League Gaming's Pro Circuit competitions. CBS Interactive will also provide advertising representation for Major League Gaming moving forward.[3][4][5][6]

Game Roster[edit]

The MLG Pro Circuit roster currently includes Halo: Reach for the Xbox 360 and StarCraft II for the PC. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for the PlayStation 3 is the only online Pro Circuit title. Chris Puckett (Puckett) is the lead Play-by-Play commentator for MLG Live Events. Scott Lussier (Gandhi) provides professional insight into many MLG broadcasts. Danish Maqbool (DMAQ) is the co-host of the MLG Pregame show. Julie Alexandria (Julie) hosts the Old Spice Report, as well as reporting from the sidelines at MLG Live events.

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.

StarCraft II Events Organised[edit]

MLG Pro Circuit[edit]

The early editions 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 Real Time Strategy game in August 2010, with the held of its first StarCraft II tournament in Raleigh. Since then, the league has become one of the most popular premier StarCraft II events, and now has an agreement with the Korean league organiser GOMTV that allows MLG to grant GSL Code S seeds and to invite Korean progamers. The StarCraft II tournament earned more and more recognition throughout the 2010 and 2011 seasons, and eventually took Halo's place on main stage during 2011 MLG Columbus.

MLG Global Invitational[edit]

From September to October 2011, 24 of the world's best players were invited by MLG to compete in three regional brackets, featuring North America, Korea, and Europe, with the top finisher from the 2011 BlizzCon Invitational receiving an invitation to the finals as well.[7] IdrA, NaNiwa, Mvp, and NesTea (the runner-up from Blizzcon receiving the invitation since Mvp had already won the Korean Invitational), the champions of their respective events received a spot in the Finals. The finals were be held live at the 2011 MLG National Championship in Providence, casted by Dan "Artosis" Stemkoski and JP "itmejp" McDaniel. NaNiwa won the tournament over NesTea, receiving the $2000 prize.[8]

Tournaments[edit]

List of MLG Pro Circuit Events[edit]

  *  = Extended Series
= Global Event
= MLG Championship

List of MLG Invitational Events[edit]

Starleague Date Winner Runner-Up Score TL Articles
2010 MLG Pro Circuit
2010 MLG Pro Circuit Raleigh 2010 (2010-08-27 – 2010-08-29) Protoss HuK Protoss KiWiKaKi 4-2* Recap
2010 MLG Pro Circuit D.C. 2010 (2010-10-15 – 2010-10-17) Zerg IdrA Terran SeleCT 2-0 Recap
2010 MLG Pro Circuit Dallas 2010 (2010-11-05 – 2010-11-07) Terran Jinro Protoss TT1 4-1* Recap
2011 MLG Pro Circuit
2011 MLG Pro Circuit Dallas 2011 (2011-04-01 – 2011-04-03) Protoss NaNiwa Protoss KiWiKaKi 4-2* Recap
2011 MLG Pro Circuit Columbus 2011 (2011-06-03 – 2011-06-05) Terran MMA Zerg LosirA 4-1* Recap
2011 MLG Pro Circuit Anaheim 2011 (2011-07-28 – 2011-07-31) Terran Mvp Terran MMA 2-1 Recap
2011 MLG Pro Circuit Raleigh 2011 (2011-08-26 – 2011-08-28) Terran Bomber Zerg CoCa 4-1* Recap
2011 MLG Pro Circuit Orlando 2011 (2011-10-12 – 2011-10-16) Protoss HuK Protoss MC 4-1* Recap
2011 MLG Pro Circuit Providence 2011 (2011-11-18 – 2011-11-20) Zerg Leenock Protoss NaNiwa 4-1* Recap
2012 MLG Pro Circuit
2012 MLG Pro Circuit Winter Arena 2012 (2012-02-24 – 2012-02-26) Terran MarineKing Zerg DongRaeGu 4-2*
2012 MLG Pro Circuit Winter Championship 2012 (2012-03-23 – 2012-03-25) Terran MarineKing Zerg DongRaeGu 5-2*
2012 MLG Pro Circuit Spring Arena 1 2012 (2012-04-20 – 2012-04-22) Zerg DongRaeGu Terran MarineKing 4-3
2012 MLG Pro Circuit Spring Arena 2 2012 (2012-05-18 – 2012-05-20) Zerg viOLet Zerg Symbol 3-1
2012 MLG Pro Circuit Spring Championship 2012 (2012-06-08 – 2012-06-10) Zerg DongRaeGu Protoss Alicia 3-1
2012 MLG Pro Circuit Summer Arena 2012 (2012-07-20 – 2012-07-22) Terran TaeJa Protoss Alicia 4-2
2012 MLG Pro Circuit Summer Championship 2012 (2012-08-24 – 2012-08-26) Zerg Leenock Protoss First 4-1
2012 MLG Pro Circuit Fall Championship 2012 (2012-11-02 – 2012-11-04) Zerg Life Zerg Leenock 4-3
2013 MLG Pro Circuit
2013 MLG Winter Championship 2013 (2013-03-15 – 2013-03-17) Zerg Life Terran Flash 4-2 Recap
2013 MLG Spring Championship 2013 (2013-06-28 – 2013-06-30) Terran Polt Zerg HyuN 3-2 Recap
2014 MLG Pro Circuit
2014 MLG Anaheim 2014 (2014-06-20 – 2014-06-22) Protoss Trap Terran Polt 4-0
Starleague Date Winner Runner-Up TL Articles
2011 MLG Global Invitational
USA 2011 MLG North American Invitational 2011 (2011-09-13 – 2011-10-20) Zerg IdrA Zerg Sheth
Europe 2011 MLG European Invitational 2011 (2011-09-15 – 2011-10-20) Protoss NaNiwa Protoss White-Ra
South Korea 2011 MLG South Korean Invitational 2011 (2011-09-20 – 2011-10-25) Terran Mvp Terran MMA
2011 MLG Global Invitational Finals 2011 (2011-11-18 – 2011-11-20) Protoss NaNiwa Zerg NesTea
= Global Event

Trivia[edit]

  • HuK's win at 2011 Pro Circuit Orlando was both the first repeat championship as well as the first MLG StarCraft II tournament not to be won by a player attending his first MLG event.
  • HuK is the only foreigner to win MLG after Korean participation began following the GSL-MLG Exchange Program
  • Life was the first player to win back-to-back MLG championships

Selected Statistics[edit]

Medals won per Race[edit]

Race Total
Zerg 8 6 4 3 21
Terran 7 5 13 4 29
Protoss 4 8 6 8 26

Medals won per Player[edit]

Gold[edit]

Protoss HuK  -  Terran MarineKing  -  Zerg DongRaeGu  -  Zerg Leenock  -  Zerg Life
Zerg IdrA  -  Terran Jinro  -  Protoss NaNiwa  -  Terran MMA  -  Terran Mvp  -  Terran Bomber  -  Zerg viOLet  -  Terran TaeJa  -  Terran Polt  -  Protoss Trap

Silver[edit]

Protoss KiWiKaKi  -  Zerg DongRaeGu  -  Protoss Alicia
Terran SeleCT  -  Protoss TT1  -  Zerg LosirA  -  Terran MMA  -  Zerg CoCa  -  Protoss MC  -  Protoss NaNiwa  -  Terran MarineKing  -  Zerg Symbol  -  Protoss First  -  Zerg Leenock  -  Terran Flash  -  Terran Polt

Bronze[edit]

Zerg DongRaeGu  -  Protoss HuK  -  Terran Heart  -  Terran TheStC
Protoss Socke  -  Terran PainUser  -  Protoss MC  -  Terran SeleCT  -  Terran BoxeR  -  Terran GanZi  -  Zerg Stephano  -  Terran MarineKing  -  Protoss First  -  Protoss Oz  -  Terran TaeJa  -  Terran Bomber  -  Terran Flash  -  Terran INnoVation  -  Zerg viOLet

Copper[edit]

Zerg IdrA -  Protoss MC
Terran LastShadow  -  Protoss KiWiKaKi  -  Protoss Tyler  -  Protoss iNcontroL  -  Terran GanZi  -  Terran NaDa  -  Terran Mvp  -  Protoss Oz  -  Protoss SaSe  -  Protoss HuK  -  Zerg Scarlett

Medals won per Country[edit]

Country Total
South Korea South Korea 14 15 19 5 53
Canada Canada 2 3 2 3 10
Sweden Sweden 2 1 0 1 4
USA USA 1 0 1 5 7
Germany Germany 0 0 1 0 1
France France 0 0 1 0 1

Medals won per Team[edit]

Rank Team Total
1. StarTale StarTale 3 0 0 0 3
2. MVP (team) MVP 2 2 2 0 6
3. Incredible Miracle Incredible Miracle 2 1 2 1 6
4. Prime Prime 2 1 1 0 4
5. Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses 2 0 1 4 7
6. Team Liquid Team Liquid 2 0 2 1 5
7. FXOpen e-Sports FXOpen e-Sports 2 0 0 1 3
8. SlayerS SlayerS 1 4 1 1 7
9. Team Dignitas Team Dignitas 1 1 1 0 3
10. Millenium Millenium 1 0 1 0 2
11. Team Empire Team Empire 1 0 0 0 1
12. ROOT Gaming ROOT Gaming 0 2 0 1 3
13. CompLexity Gaming compLexity 0 1 3 0 4
14. Old Generations Old Generations 0 1 2 1 4
15. Fnatic Fnatic 0 1 2 0 3
16. Team SCV Life Team SCV Life 0 1 0 0 1
16. CM Storm CM Storm 0 1 0 0 1
18. Quantic Gaming Quantic Gaming 0 0 1 1 2
19. Team ALTERNATE Team ALTERNATE 0 0 1 0 1
19. Lazarus Gaming Lazarus Gaming 0 0 1 0 1
20. SK Gaming SK Gaming 0 0 0 1 1
20. Team Acer Team Acer 0 0 0 1 1
- No team 0 0 1 1 2

Racial Distribution[edit]

2010[edit]

At Raleigh, there was no final ranking so the table shows the full 64 players' distribution. DC and Dallas had a top 16 and that's what's shown. NYD really means Unknown.

  Protoss TerranZergRandom
2010 Raleigh
172512NYD
2010 DC
682
2010 Dallas
5641

2011[edit]

For the Championship bracket, only.

  Protoss TerranZergRandom
2011 Dallas
8137
2011 Columbus
81311
2011 Anaheim
13127
2011 Raleigh
81410
2011 Orlando
111110
2011 Providence
61412

All competitors, including invites.

  Protoss TerranZergRandom
2011 Dallas
7956673NYD
2011 Columbus
10073902NYD
2011 Anaheim
9787844NYD
2011 Raleigh
8684701NYD
2011 Orlando
667182NYD
2011 Providence
8075992NYD

2012[edit]

For the Championship bracket, only.

  Protoss TerranZergRandom
2012 Winter
12128
2012 Spring
91112
2012 Summer
121711

2013[edit]

For the Championship bracket, only.

  Protoss TerranZergRandom
2013 Winter
121010
2013 Spring
754

2014[edit]

For the Championship bracket, only.

  Protoss TerranZergRandom
2014 Anaheim
5510

See also[edit]

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