Major League Gaming
|Current season, competition or edition:
2015 MLG Pro Circuit
|Most recent champion(s)||MLG Dallas 2012
League of Legends:
5v5: Azubu Blaze
MLG X Games 2014
Call of Duty: Ghosts:
4v4: OpTic Gaming
Final Boss: 4 (2004-05, 07, 10)
Tom Ryan: 35 (2005-12)
|Official website||MLG Website|
Major League Gaming (MLG) is a professional eSports organization. MLG is headquartered in New York City, New York and was founded in 2002 by Sundance DiGiovanni and Mike Sepso. MLG has held official video game tournaments throughout the United States and Canada. Major League Gaming competitions have been broadcast on television, ESPN.com, and other broadband sites. The company has also been involved in television production, and game development. MLG's aim is to elevate computer and console game tournaments to viable competitive and spectator events. Major League Gaming acquired Agora Games on August 18, 2009. On 18 November 2013, MLG announced that they would be launching their premium mlg.tv streaming service.
- 1 Pro Circuit
- 2 History
- 3 List of National Championships
- 3.1 2004 - New York City
- 3.2 2005 - New York City
- 3.3 2006 - Las Vegas
- 3.4 2007 - Las Vegas
- 3.5 2008 - Las Vegas
- 3.6 2009 - Orlando
- 3.7 2010 - Dallas
- 3.8 2011 - Providence
- 3.9 2012 - Winter Championship - Columbus
- 3.10 2012 - Spring Championship - Anaheim
- 3.11 2012 - Summer Championship - Raleigh
- 3.12 2012 - Fall Championship - Dallas
- 3.13 2013 - Winter Championship - Dallas
- 3.14 2013 - Spring Championship - Anaheim
- 3.15 2013 - Fall Championship - Columbus
- 3.16 2014 - Anaheim
- 4 2015 World Finals
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The MLG Pro Circuit roster currently includes Starcraft II and League of Legends for the PC. Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur V, and King of Fighters XIII for the PlayStation 3, and Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo Gamecube are the only console games. Starcraft II is currently commentated by DJ Wheat, Day 9, Rob Simpson, Tasteless, Artosis, JP, dApollo, and TotalBiscuit, with other personalities coming on time to time. Fighting games are commentated by Juicebox Abel, Tom Brady, and Bibulus. No League of Legends casters have been announced yet.
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 2004 through 2006 MLG Circuit 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/player must purchase a team pass to compete. These passes normally go on sale several weeks in advance of the next Pro Circuit event. Passes are limited, so participants are encouraged to purchase a pass as soon as they go on sale.
Major League Gaming was founded in 2002 by Mike Sespo and Sundance DiGiovanni. In 2006, MLG became the first televised video game console gaming league in the United States, with their Halo 2 Pro Series being broadcast by USA Network. It moved into the 3 Park Avenue sometime after its founding.
In February 2009, it was announced that MLG got $10 Million in financing from Ritchie Capital Management. 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 would return to the pro circuit, with Tekken 6 exclusively on the PlayStation 3, and the return of the Smash Bros. competition with Super Smash Bros. Brawl. These two games appeared in the season opener in Orlando, along with the league's flagship, Halo 3, which entered its third season with the league. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 made its debut on the Online Pro Circuit on MLG's GameBattles website 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 JTAG hacks, it was stripped of its "Pro Circuit" branding. Prize payouts remain the same on both consoles. PlayStation 3 players are eligible to accumulate Pro Points. Those who have enough Pro Points at the end of the 3rd season of the Online Pro Circuit are eligible to compete live at the MLG Nationals held in Dallas. Those competing on the Xbox 360 do not earn pro points and will have championships held online. On July 30, 2010, it was announced that StarCraft II was to be added to the Pro Circuit. It made its official debut at MLG Raleigh.
The 2011 Circuit featured four titles: Halo: Reach, Starcraft 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops and the mid-season addition of League of Legends. Also returning, something that the MLG Pro Circuit hasn't seen since the 2005, is Pool Play. The top 16 teams were seeded in 4 pools of 5 teams, where the 5th team would play an undefeated amateur team. The team with the best record throughout pool play advanced to the winner's bracket semi-finals, securing themselves a Top 6 finish.
The 2012 MLG competitions saw many title changes in the Pro Circuit. Starcraft II was brought on as the league's main title. Fighting games for the PS3 and League of Legends were announced as additional titles. Halo: Reach is no longer on the Pro Circuit, nor is Call of Duty: Black Ops. Call of Duty was dropped from the circuit due to the lack of funding MLG received from PlayStation to put the title on the circuit. The 2012 tournament format has also drastically changed, with the introduction of seasonal events. The new format features 4 quarterly seasons; within each season are 2 Arenas and a Championship. The Championship features all Pro Circuit titles, and has a free SD broadcast option. The Arenas are Pay-per-view (PPV) events and for now only feature Starcraft II, and are broadcast in high definition (HD) from MLG's Studio in New York. 
Also in 2012 came many new partnerships for MLG. So far, MLG has partnered with CBS Interactive (CBSi) to increase its broadcast capabilities and to integrate with CBSi's website, GameSpot.com. This new partnership hopes to increase exposure of MLG to a larger more casual audience.
During 2012, MLG has also partnered with KeSPA (Korean eSports Association) in a multi-year agreement. This agreement allows MLG exclusive access to KeSPA's Starcraft: Brood War players. The partnership will see KeSPA Brood War pros come to the US to compete in MLG events throughout the year. The participants will not be allowed to compete at any other foreign tournaments without MLG's approval. The deal took effect in June, when KeSPA Brood War pros participated in an exhibition event at MLG Anaheim.
Beginning on November 2, 2012, with the commencement of the MLG Fall Championship in Dallas, Texas, Halo was reintroduced to the pro circuit. Halo 4, which was publicly released on November 6, was one of the five games scheduled for competitive play at MLG Dallas.
On 14 August 2013, Call of Duty: Ghosts was announced to be MLG's featured first-person shooter game for the MLG Columbus and 2014 season events. Through 8–10 June 2014 MLG hosted a tournament at the X Games for Call of Duty: Ghosts with the eventual winners being OpTic Gaming including fan favorites Matt "Nadeshot" Haag and Seth "scrumpi" Abner.
In April 2014 MLG announced that it partnering with Lai Fung Holdings Limited (Lai Fung) and eSun Holdings Limited in building the MLG Arena on Hengqin Island in China, near Macau. The arena, which is scheduled to be completed in 2017, is part of the "Creative Culture City" development planned on Hengqin.
In October 2014 MLG opened the 14,000 square feet (1,300 m2) MLG.tv Arena in Columbus, Ohio . It is located near the Easton Town Center. The first event held at the arena was the Season 3 Call of Duty playoffs.
List of National Championships
This is a list of MLG national championships, including results from 2004 to the present.
2004 - New York City
|Halo: Combat Evolved 4v4||Team Domination||Filthy Jackalopes||Business Decision||The Dream Team|
|Halo: Combat Evolved 2v2||Walshy/Ogre 1||Tupac/KillerN||Tsquared/Eleven||Saiyan/Ogre 2|
|Halo: Combat Evolved FFA||Zyos||OGRE 2||Walshy||unknown|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee 1v1||Ken||Isai||Captain Jack||Azen|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee 2v2||Ken/Isai||Azen/Wes||KishPrime/KishSquared||Eddie/Manacloud|
2005 - New York City
|Halo 2 4v4||Team 3D||Team Phreaks||Str8 Rippin||XiT Woundz|
|Halo 2 FFA||Karma||Strongside||OGRE 1||Walshy|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee 1v1||Ken||ChuDat||PC Chris||Isai|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee 2v2||Ken/Isai||Azen/Chillin||ChuDat/Manacloud||KishPrime/KishSquared|
2006 - Las Vegas
|Halo 2 4v4||Carbon||Final Boss||Str8 Rippin||Legendz|
|Halo 2 FFA||Karma||StrongSide||Legit||OGRE 2|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee 1v1||PC Chris||KoreanDJ||Ken||Mew2King|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee 2v2||Ken/Isai||Chudat/ManaCloud||King/Mew2King||Husband/Wife|
2007 - Las Vegas
2008 - Las Vegas
|Halo 3 4v4||Str8 Rippin||Instinct||Carbon||Final Boss|
|Gears of War 4v4||TH3 NSAN3Z||Infinity||FRAG | High Caliber||Dynasty ReTaLiaTioN|
|Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 1v1||MoB Cameo||Iconz||Instill Fear||MoB LoSt CauSe|
|Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 4v4||xiNFecTioN||EnVyUs||Head Trauma||CA FeaR|
|World of Warcraft 3v3||Fnatic.Orz||Gravitas Gaming||Pandemic||Got Game West|
2009 - Orlando
|Halo 3 4v4||Believe the Hype||Classic||Carbon||Instinct|
|Gears of War 2 4v4||THE NSAN3Z||VisioN||Get Bronco||Infinity|
|Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 1v1||CaMeO MOB||EFX Rewritten||Vengeance||Carnage and Chaos|
|Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 4v4||iCn Xtravagant||BGR EnVyUs||DpG FeaR||MoB Genesis|
|World of Warcraft 3v3||coL.Black||coL.Red||Button Bashers||SK.EG|
2010 - Dallas
|Halo 3 4v4||Final Boss||Status Quo||Instinct||Triggers Down|
|Halo 3 Bic Flex 4 FFA||lBulk||Krunchy||Amish Acorns||Phenom|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl 1v1||Gnes||Tyrant||ESAM||Ally|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl 2v2||Ally/Lee Martin||Nick Riddle/Shaky||DEHF/Gnes||ESAM/MVD731|
|Tekken 6 1v1||ATL Anakin||GMMA Kor||NYC Fab||ATL Knee|
|Tekken 6 3v3||Anakin/Bronson/Trungy||Holeman/Knee/Nin||Pokchop/ShinBlade/Lil Majin||Crow/Kor/Mr Naps|
|Starcraft 2 1v1||Liquid`Jinro||FnaticMSi.TT1||PainUser||Liquid`Tyler|
|Halo Reach 4v4||UoR SyA||Hot Shots||UoR Victorious Secret||Darkest Hour|
|Halo Reach Pro FFA||Hysteria||iGotUrPistola||Snip3down||OGRE 2|
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 4v4 (PS3)||Influence||VWS LeveraGe||HSG Xtravagant||OpTic Gaming|
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 4v4 (360)||EnVyUs||OD Xtravagant||iNF LeveraGe||iNF Art of Xecution|
2011 - Providence
|Halo: Reach 4v4||eon Instinct||Warriors||TGN Believe The Hype||FnaticMSi|
|Halo: Reach Stride Pro 2v2||Lunchbox/Roy||Cloud/Clutch||OGRE 2/iGotUrPistola|
|Halo: Reach Pro FFA||StrongSide||Heinz||TiZoXiC||Hysteria|
|Halo: Reach Bic Flex 4 FFA||SuperStr8Sick||Kampy||Flamehead||Titomatic|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops 4v4||Quantic Nex-TT-hreat||eon EnVyUs||eon OpTic Gaming||SvG Collapse|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops Pro FFA||Smither4226||Sharp||ASSASS1N||Merk|
|StarCraft 2 1v1||FXO.Leenock||coL.NaNiwa||coL.MVP.DongRaeGu||Q.IM.Mvp|
|League of Legends 5v5||Team SoloMid||Epik Gamer||Team Dignitas||RFLX Gaming|
2012 - Winter Championship - Columbus
2012 - Spring Championship - Anaheim
|StarCraft 2 1v1||MVP.DongRaeGu||SlayerS.Alicia||MarineKingPrime||Quantic.SaSe|
|King of Fighters XIII 1v1||IGL_Bala||ArcadeShock|Reynald||vVv_Romance||MCZ_Tokido|
|Soul Calibur V 1v1||Keev||Kayane||LostProvidence||vVv_RTD ATL|
|Mortal Kombat 1v1||KN_DetroitBalln||DJT 1993||EMP_Perfect Legend||vVv_CDjr|
|League of Legends 5v5||Team SoloMid||Counter Logic Gaming||Dignitas||Dynamic|
2012 - Summer Championship - Raleigh
|StarCraft 2 1v1||FXOLeenock||LG-IM.First||LiquidTaeJa||Quantic.TheStC|
|Soul Calibur V 1v1||Xephukai||RamonTSF||FIT-lolomx||Keev_|
|Mortal Kombat 1v1||OBS_EMP_REO||CDjr||VSM_Maxter||pig_of_the_hut|
|League of Legends 5v5||Curse*||Dignitas*||Dynamic||Orbit Gaming|
Note: Curse and Dignitas were both disqualified for involvement with a fixing scandal, which resulted in splitting the first and second place prize pools between third through sixth place.
2012 - Fall Championship - Dallas
2013 - Winter Championship - Dallas
|Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 4v4||Fariko Impact||UNiTE Gaming||vVv Gaming||compLexity|
|StarCraft 2 1v1||StarTale_Life||KT.Flash||STXSouL INnoVation||SK.MC|
|League of Legends Summer Promotion Qualifiers 5v5||Cloud9||Velocity eSports|
|League of Legends International Exhibition 5v5||KT Rolster B||Gambit Gaming|
2013 - Spring Championship - Anaheim
|Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 4v4||compLexity Gaming||Icons Impact||OpTic Gaming||Curse Gaming|
|StarCraft 2 1v1||CMStorm Polt||Quantic HyuN||Liquid`HerO||Alliance NaNiwa|
|League of Legends Promotion Finals 5v5||FXOpen eSports||compLexity Gaming||Curse Academy||Aware Gaming|
2013 - Fall Championship - Columbus
|Call of Duty: Ghosts 4v4||CompLexity||Team Kaliber||JusTus||UNiTE Gaming|
|Dota 2 5v5||Speed Gaming||DK||Na’Vi||Sigma|
2014 - Anaheim
|Call of Duty: Ghosts 4v4||Evil Geniuses||OpTic Gaming||TCM Gaming||Curse Black|
|Call of Duty: Ghosts Season 3 Play In 4v4||OpTic Nation||Rise Nation||eLevate White||JusTus|
|StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm 1v1||IM Trap||CMStorm Polt||viOLet||Acer Scarlett|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee 1v1||C9|MaNg0||P4K.EMP|Armada||P4K.EMP|Mew2King||EG|PPMD|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee 2v2||Mew2King/Armada||Lucky/C9|MaNg0||Shroomed/S2J||ChuDat/Chillin|
|Injustice: Gods Among Us 1v1||FRQ.EMPR|Theo||GGA|16Bit||EMPR|WhiteBoi||C88|WoundCowboy|
|Killer Instinct 1v1||EG|JWong||C88|mygod||RG|Rico Suave||Hitbox|Tryant|
2015 World Finals
The MLG 2015 World Finals will be taking place in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States on October 16–18, 2015. The event will feature five games, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Dota 2, Smite, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
|Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare||TBD|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee||TBD|
|Super Smash Bros. for Wii U||TBD|
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