8 REASONS WHY YOU WILL BE WATCHING THE MLG
BY TARA BABCOCK
industry fans heavily rely on the eSports pro circuit for their dose of live,
hot gaming action. It is obvious by just looking at the MLG logo and hearing
their moniker that they are to gamers, what Major League Baseball is to sports
fanatics! Major League Gaming, or MLG, is just that-- the only place you
should be this June for eSports excellence, whether you watch at the grand
Anaheim convention center, or from the comfort of your own home computer.
and discover a few new and epic reasons why you won't want to be anywhere else
June 8th through the 10th, but the MLG Spring Championships in Anaheim,
California. Go eSports!
#1 THE BEST ESPORTS GAMES
WILL BE FEATURED
Hard to argue the epic-ality of
this game line-up!
eSport of choice is the ever-popular StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, ultimate
PC-based real-time strategy game that leaves you pumped full of adrenaline
post-match; or you're more of a King of Fighters XIII type who enjoys watching
legendary fighters get pummeled on the PS3, this event is for you!
will be featuring a line-up of PC and PS3 games including StarCraft II: Wings of
Liberty, League of Legends, Soul Calibur V, and King of Fighters XIII. In
addition to these games' live MLG head-to-head battles, Blizzard Entertainment
will be holding their USA Nationals Finals at the event.
You may think
that the excitement stops there, and that MLG provides only current gaming
content for you to enjoy. No way! Not only do they supply the most elite current
eSports, they will also be giving fans a glimpse of the future with, you guessed
it, StarCraft II's upcoming expansion, Heart of the Swarm! That is one feature
of this event I am surely going to embrace and take advantage of to the fullest
extent! Bring on my Hellion battle mode!
#2 TOP PLAYERS ARE IN
That heart breaking DRG will
return this time yet again!
Twenty of the
top teams in the world will all come together at this event, vying for their
piece of the MLG prize money. Among these are the much anticipated StarCraft II
progamers. To toot the horns of just a few attending superstars, I am most
excited to see Polt, MC, DongRaeGu, Violet, Grubby, and MarineKing put up their
dukes and battle it out on the main stage.
It's not just
the top pro players that get to try their hand at going for the gold, but there
are also very competitive Open Bracket players lined up ready to conquer those
coming from the Spring Arena Invitational, and claim their prize.
ONLINE VIEWING EXPERIENCE ROCKS
Can't make it
all the way to Anaheim, California for the event? Major League Gaming offers
online viewing live, and in full high-definition quality. It's a great way to
get the on-site experience without traveling cross-country or internationally.
It's all of the suspense, without any added hassle!
learning more about the perks and details of the live broadcast? Check out a
comprehensive list of information at the official
MLG website, and
make sure to tune in starting June 8th at 5pm PST! Free standard definition
viewing is also available for those without an HD pass.
#4 THE FANS ARE INTENSE
Although an overwhelming amount of
fans show up, it feels more like home, and less like a hostile field of
If there's one
tidbit of knowledge we have all acquired from eSports, it is that the community
is amazing. The gaming fans are enthusiastic, and they all come together as a
collective team of supportive and awesome superpower. The professionals and
enthusiasts alike can feel at home, and it is akin to a gaming paradise. Plus,
the crowd goes wild when the action gets heavy! That's something you do not
want to miss at this MLG event!
#5 SPONSORS WELCOME YOU
MLG is not only an amazing
event for high-octane gaming tournaments, awesome fans, and an all-around good
time, it also features many sponsor booths and visual entertainment. Sponsors
may be lucrative for MLG because of their marketing and monetary value to the
company, but for the fans, it means free stuff! NOS is one of the sponsors of
MLG (and myself!) and they will be on site giving out energy drink shots and
extra swag, making the devout fans even more pumped for the coming action. So
sponsors, just another reason to high-tail it to Anaheim!
#6 THE STARS GET UP CLOSE
The girls are like, "ZOMG! I got to hug some
event gives something back to the fans that you cannot get anywhere else-- fan
interaction with the pros and the casters. Who wouldn't want to get something
signed by their favorite eSports superhero, or their most watched caster? At MLG
this is possible with signings, booth time, and many other close-up photo
opportunities throughout the event. This is eSports, people; everyone is one big
family of warm, competitive individuals. Go team!
#7 THE PRIZE MONEY IS HUGE
To give you an
idea of how serious the Major League Gaming Pro Circuit is, I'll give you a
little peek at its value in prize money. There is well over $150,000 given away
in prize money on Championship weekend. Progamers not only come for the
viewership, fame, and chance to compete against each other; they can also win a
small fortune while doing so!
boasts $25,000 for first place, with $76,000 to split among all placing
competitors. League of Legends' prize pool is $40,000, with each PS3 fighting
game giving away $16,000 each to the toughest contenders. That's one heck of a
monetary game for the hard work and dedication these top-tier players have put
into their eSport.
#8 FREE TARA HUGS
This just in-- a Tara hug a day's positive
effects far outweigh that of an apple!
Sure, I give
away Tara hugs by the dozen at all events I attend, but the hugs I will give out
at my first eSports event ever will be brutal! There will be squeezing, a lack
of breathing, and hair ruffling galore! You all had better come see me, and say
"hi!" This is one event you will not want to miss. Show up, hang out, and have
an amazing time at this year's MLG Spring Championship!
IN TARA LAND...
I am just a
few days away from my departure to the sunny city of Los Angeles! I don't know
what I am more excited for, the center of the nerd universe at E3, of my first
eSports event, MLG! There are so many people and things I am excited to see, so
many epic hugs to be had, and hopefully a week that will lack any drama.
I'm excited to
see who will take the trophy home at MLG, especially in the StarCraft bracket.
You all know how much I love my RTS superstar, StarCraft! In addition, stay
tuned for awesomeness in the form of model pictures coming your way soon!
Ask Tara question this article happens to be, "Does a
guy have to be a gamer to be your boyfriend?" Well, I don't really do the
"boyfriend" thing currently, but, if I did, he certainly would. Gaming is a big
part of my life, and I would want to share my most important hobbies with the
person I like spending time with most. I feel it's important for significant
others to share each other's passions, or at least be supportive of one another!
That was a deep one! ...That's what she said!
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