After MLG’s announcement regarding the construction of a gaming complex in China by 2017, it was hard to believe this news could be topped. The growth of Major League Gaming directly reflects the growth of competitive gaming. The rise of eSports is becoming more real as the days pass. What’s on the horizon should have fans of competitive gaming excited.
Earlier today Major League Gaming and the X Games announced a partnership that will undoubtedly result in a massive spike in interest for eSports. A five-team Call of Duty: Ghosts Invitational will take place in Austin, Texas at the X-Games in June. The five invited teams will be based purely off of MLG Pro Point standings, and the cutoff will be May 13th. Among the teams already confirmed are; Complexity, EnVyUs, and OpTic Gaming. This announcement creates a great deal of importance for UGC Niagara, which will take place this weekend from May 2nd to May 4th with a huge amount of Pro Points up for grabs in addition to the prize money. Here is a quote taken directly from the official statement released by the X-Games website:
“The MLG Call of Duty: Ghosts tournament will feature the top five Call of Duty teams based on MLG Pro Points, plus the top three teams from the Call of Duty championship held in Winter Park, Fla., last month. All eight teams will compete in a double-elimination group format, with four teams advancing to a single-elimination bracket. X Games medals will be awarded to the winning teams”
What all does this mean? It means that competitive Call of Duty will become a pinnacle of eSports entertainment on a monumental scale. This announcement is ground-breaking for all who are involved in competitive gaming. As with the MLG China news, the X-Games’ partnership with Major League Gaming is the next step for competitive gaming. It opens the door of opportunities on many different levels. From this, there is the potential of television deals, legitimate player contracts, and more that will likely mature the competitive scene.
It’s hard to imagine MLG topping this announcement, but at this point I’ll reserve my doubt for a later date. The lingering question here is; Can the Call of Duty competitive scene handle this sort of attention and recognition? To answer a question with a question, I would say who knows? My personal outlook is optimistic. With teams such as OpTic, EnVyUs, and Complexity among the invited teams, let’s assume their mature selves will emerge and that competitive gaming will continue on to the next step toward legitimacy. Nonetheless I feel I’m apart of the majority who are excited to take in the experience that will be MLG at the X-Games. In closing here is quote from MLG CEO, Sundance DiGiovanni on the subject matter;
“Call of Duty is a game we focus on in the circuit that’s been incredibly successful, and the idea was to bring what we do to the X Games in an authentic manner. Yes, the subject matter is mature, and it’s not something that is going to be right for everybody, but there’s a huge section of the audience that plays these games”
Stay tuned to Make Plays, Not Excuses for more news on MLG X Games as well as news regarding the rest of the competitive Call of Duty.
The X-Games in Austin, Texas will take place from June 5th to June 8th.
Source – X-Games
Photo Credit to Major League Gaming