Major League Gaming

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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
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
Globe.png = Global Event
Trophy icon small.gif = MLG Championship

List of MLG Invitational Events[edit]

Starleague Date Winner Runner-Up Score TL Articles
2010 MLG Pro Circuit
Globe.gif 2010 MLG Pro Circuit Raleigh 2010 (2010-08-27 – 2010-08-29) Picon small.png HuK Picon small.png KiWiKaKi 4-2* Recap
Globe.gif 2010 MLG Pro Circuit D.C. 2010 (2010-10-15 – 2010-10-17) Zicon small.png IdrA Ticon small.png SeleCT 2-0 Recap
Trophy icon small.gif 2010 MLG Pro Circuit Dallas 2010 (2010-11-05 – 2010-11-07) Ticon small.png Jinro Picon small.png TT1 4-1* Recap
2011 MLG Pro Circuit
Globe.gif 2011 MLG Pro Circuit Dallas 2011 (2011-04-01 – 2011-04-03) Picon small.png NaNiwa Picon small.png KiWiKaKi 4-2* Recap
Globe.gif 2011 MLG Pro Circuit Columbus 2011 (2011-06-03 – 2011-06-05) Ticon small.png MMA Zicon small.png LosirA 4-1* Recap
Globe.gif 2011 MLG Pro Circuit Anaheim 2011 (2011-07-28 – 2011-07-31) Ticon small.png Mvp Ticon small.png MMA 2-1 Recap
Globe.gif 2011 MLG Pro Circuit Raleigh 2011 (2011-08-26 – 2011-08-28) Ticon small.png Bomber Zicon small.png CoCa 4-1* Recap
Globe.gif 2011 MLG Pro Circuit Orlando 2011 (2011-10-12 – 2011-10-16) Picon small.png HuK Picon small.png MC 4-1* Recap
Trophy icon small.gif 2011 MLG Pro Circuit Providence 2011 (2011-11-18 – 2011-11-20) Zicon small.png Leenock Picon small.png NaNiwa 4-1* Recap
2012 MLG Pro Circuit
Globe.gif 2012 MLG Pro Circuit Winter Arena 2012 (2012-02-24 – 2012-02-26) Ticon small.png MarineKing Zicon small.png DongRaeGu 4-2*
Trophy icon small.gif 2012 MLG Pro Circuit Winter Championship 2012 (2012-03-23 – 2012-03-25) Ticon small.png MarineKing Zicon small.png DongRaeGu 5-2*
Globe.gif 2012 MLG Pro Circuit Spring Arena 1 2012 (2012-04-20 – 2012-04-22) Zicon small.png DongRaeGu Ticon small.png MarineKing 4-3
Globe.gif 2012 MLG Pro Circuit Spring Arena 2 2012 (2012-05-18 – 2012-05-20) Zicon small.png viOLet Zicon small.png Symbol 3-1
Trophy icon small.gif 2012 MLG Pro Circuit Spring Championship 2012 (2012-06-08 – 2012-06-10) Zicon small.png DongRaeGu Picon small.png Alicia 3-1
Globe.gif 2012 MLG Pro Circuit Summer Arena 2012 (2012-07-20 – 2012-07-22) Ticon small.png TaeJa Picon small.png Alicia 4-2
Trophy icon small.gif 2012 MLG Pro Circuit Summer Championship 2012 (2012-08-24 – 2012-08-26) Zicon small.png Leenock Picon small.png First 4-1
Trophy icon small.gif 2012 MLG Pro Circuit Fall Championship 2012 (2012-11-02 – 2012-11-04) Zicon small.png Life Zicon small.png Leenock 4-3
2013 MLG Pro Circuit
Trophy icon small.gif 2013 MLG Winter Championship 2013 (2013-03-15 – 2013-03-17) Zicon small.png Life Ticon small.png Flash 4-2 Recap
Trophy icon small.gif 2013 MLG Spring Championship 2013 (2013-06-28 – 2013-06-30) Ticon small.png Polt Zicon small.png HyuN 3-2 Recap
2014 MLG Pro Circuit
Trophy icon small.gif 2014 MLG Anaheim 2014 (2014-06-20 – 2014-06-22) TBD TBD 0-0
Starleague Date Winner Runner-Up TL Articles
2011 MLG Global Invitational
USA 2011 MLG North American Invitational 2011 (2011-09-13 – 2011-10-20) Zicon small.png IdrA Zicon small.png Sheth
Europe 2011 MLG European Invitational 2011 (2011-09-15 – 2011-10-20) Picon small.png NaNiwa Picon small.png White-Ra
South Korea 2011 MLG South Korean Invitational 2011 (2011-09-20 – 2011-10-25) Ticon small.png Mvp Ticon small.png MMA
Globe.gif 2011 MLG Global Invitational Finals 2011 (2011-11-18 – 2011-11-20) Picon small.png NaNiwa Zicon small.png NesTea
Globe.png = 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 Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png Copper.png Total
Zicon small.png Zerg 8 6 3 2 19
Ticon small.png Terran 7 4 13 4 28
Picon small.png Protoss 3 8 6 8 25

Medals won per Player[edit]

Gold[edit]

Gold.pngGold.png Picon small.png HuK  -  Ticon small.png MarineKing  -  Zicon small.png DongRaeGu  -  Zicon small.png Leenock  -  Zicon small.png Life
Gold.png Zicon small.png IdrA  -  Ticon small.png Jinro  -  Picon small.png NaNiwa  -  Ticon small.png MMA  -  Ticon small.png Mvp  -  Ticon small.png Bomber  -  Zicon small.png viOLet  -  Ticon small.png TaeJa  -  Ticon small.png Polt

Silver[edit]

Silver.pngSilver.png Picon small.png KiWiKaKi  -  Zicon small.png DongRaeGu  -  Picon small.png Alicia
Silver.png Ticon small.png SeleCT  -  Picon small.png TT1  -  Zicon small.png LosirA  -  Ticon small.png MMA  -  Zicon small.png CoCa  -  Picon small.png MC  -  Picon small.png NaNiwa  -  Ticon small.png MarineKing  -  Zicon small.png Symbol  -  Picon small.png First  -  Zicon small.png Leenock  -  Ticon small.png Flash

Bronze[edit]

Bronze.pngBronze.png Zicon small.png DongRaeGu  -  Picon small.png HuK  -  Ticon small.png Heart  -  Ticon small.png TheStC
Bronze.png Picon small.png Socke  -  Ticon small.png PainUser  -  Picon small.png MC  -  Ticon small.png SeleCT  -  Ticon small.png BoxeR  -  Ticon small.png GanZi  -  Zicon small.png Stephano  -  Ticon small.png MarineKing  -  Picon small.png First  -  Picon small.png Oz  -  Ticon small.png TaeJa  -  Ticon small.png Bomber  -  Ticon small.png Flash  -  Ticon small.png INnoVation

Copper[edit]

Copper.pngCopper.png Zicon small.png IdrA -  Picon small.png MC
Copper.png Ticon small.png LastShadow  -  Picon small.png KiWiKaKi  -  Picon small.png Tyler  -  Picon small.png iNcontroL  -  Ticon small.png GanZi  -  Ticon small.png NaDa  -  Ticon small.png Mvp  -  Picon small.png Oz  -  Picon small.png SaSe  -  Picon small.png HuK

Medals won per Country[edit]

Country Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png Copper.png Total
South Korea South Korea 13 14 18 5 50
Canada Canada 2 3 2 2 9
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 Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png Copper.png Total
1. Startalelogo std.png StarTale 3 0 0 0 3
2. MVPlogo std.png MVP 2 2 2 0 6
3. Primelogo std.png Prime 2 1 1 0 4
4. Eglogo std.png Evil Geniuses 2 0 1 4 7
5. Liquidlogo std.png Team Liquid 2 0 2 1 5
6. FXOlogo std.png FXOpen e-Sports 2 0 0 1 3
7. SlayerSlogo std.png SlayerS 1 4 1 1 7
8. IMlogo std.png Incredible Miracle 1 1 2 1 5
9. Dignitaslogo std.png Team Dignitas 1 1 1 0 3
10. Milllogo std.png Millenium 1 0 1 0 2
11. Empirelogo std.png Team Empire 1 0 0 0 1
12. Rootlogo std.png ROOT Gaming 0 2 0 1 3
13. Complexitylogo std.png compLexity 0 1 3 0 4
14. OGslogo std.png Old Generations 0 1 2 1 4
15. Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic 0 1 2 0 3
16. TSLlogo std.png Team SCV Life 0 1 0 0 1
17. Qantic std.png Quantic Gaming 0 0 1 1 2
18. Atnlogo std.png ALTERNATE 0 0 1 0 1
18. Lazarus-Gaming.png Lazarus Gaming 0 0 1 0 1
19. Sklogo std.png SK Gaming 0 0 0 1 1
- No team 0 0 0 1 1

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

See also[edit]

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