The production company behind E3 will be putting on one of the year’s biggest esports events.
Major League Gaming (MLG) has partnered with IDG World Expo to run its MLG World Finals, a $500,000 event featuring championships for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Dota 2 set for October 16-18.
The multi-year partnership will bring a tradeshow experience to the MLG World Finals, something the company has lacked in its decade-plus history of hosting esports tournaments. The typical MLG event features rows of consoles and computers and hundreds of seats in front of a main stage for each game, with a couple small booths for peripheral and energy drink companies to peddle their wares. But the World Championship promises to be something new, including “exclusive content reveals and best-in-class publishers” alongside the live competition.
“We are excited to be partnering with IDG World Expo,” MLG CEO Sundance DiGiovanni said in the press release. “The World Finals is a unique event to cap off an incredible 2015 for MLG, and a strategic partnership with IDG will allow us to bring together the largest collection of eSports enthusiasts, gamers and publishers to celebrate one of the largest gaming events of the year.”
The World Championships, the 100th event in MLG’s 13 year history, will hit the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans in October. Tickets are available on the MLG website, with a general admission pass setting you back $49. With IDG Expo co-producing it, MLG’s 100th event promises to be its best.
Image via Major League Gaming