That’s right, the rumors that had been flying around the interwebs have been confirmed! Activision Blizzard has acquired Major League Gaming. I don’t need to tell you how amazing this is for all eSports enthusiasts, but it makes me wanna jump up and shout with excitement! As a long time Starcraft fan, I have been known to binge on a few tournaments.
Activision Blizzard stated in a pres release on Monday that the company will act as a foundation for their new eSports Broadcast Network. As a fan, I can get used to this. Imagine a world where instead of Monday Night Football, you get Monday Night Heroes of the Storm. Watch your favorite pro players battle it out for a Super Bowl style event at the end of the year!
Something of note about the acquisition is that one of the original co-founders of MLG, Mike Sespo is the current Senior Vice President of Activision Blizzard’s new eSports network. Sespo stated that despite him leaving MLG to join Activision Blizzard, the acquisition makes “perfect sense”:
“Sundance and I founded MLG to highlight the incredible talent of competitive gamers all over the world. Activision Blizzard’s esports leadership, incredible intellectual property and long history in competitive gaming create a perfect home for MLG’s capabilities. The acquisition of MLG’s business is an important step towards Activision Blizzard Media Networks’ broader mission to bring esports into the mainstream by creating and broadcasting premium esports content, organizing global league play and expanding distribution with key gaming partners.”
MLG will still run MLG.tv, MLG Pro Circuit and GameBattles platforms, they also intend to continue working with its partners and other publishers across the industry. This can only mean good things for those of us who cant wait to see what kind of future eSports gaming has and we hope that under Activision Blizzard’s watchful eye, MLG can continue to grow and bring us only the best in eSports.
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