Why Halo Needs MLG's Support
MLG holds a special place in the hearts of most competitive Halo players. Being one of the first event holders to support the game, MLG has built a long-lasting relationship with Halo and it's community. However, as years have passed, both sides have evolved.
Recently, several credible sources, including Halo professional player Mikwen, talked about a recent announcement that all HCS Pro League players were not allowed to attend any MLG Open events this year.
From what many are saying, apparently MLG and 343 negotiated a deal trying to allow all pro players to compete in open events, but someone of high power said no. This came as a major upset to the entire community since both MLG and the Halo community want to see Halo featured in an MLG event.
MLG events are very special to compete in. The large crowds, great venues and people you encounter make MLG events a truly remarkable experience for everyone involved. Pro players have given their feedback on the situation with many believing that this is not right.
It sounds very strange that 343 would deny any opportunity for their pro players to compete in MLG events and the only explanation I can come up with is that their partner, ESL, may not like this idea. ESL, being an event hoster like MLG, has a pretty big advantage when it comes to the Halo community. Helping run the Pro League, ESL has proven that they are dedicated to growing the competitive Halo community and they may view MLG’s interest in hosting open Halo events as a threat. If MLG were to gain some serious traction after a Halo event, the community may feel that MLG is more suited for handling the competitive community's needs, putting ESL’s partnership with 343 at risk.
In my eyes, MLG and ESL both have a place in this community and there should really be some sort of happy medium arranged between both sides. Recently, the community has complained to ESL about their lack of events this season and how they do not believe that several online tournaments make up for an event experience. This is a very valid statement that ESL has yet to fully address, but all of this can easily be avoided if MLG and all the Pro League players were allowed to compete in MLG events.
MLG’s relationship with Halo is one that will never be broken and I fear that if ESL continues to reject the pro players' right to compete in MLG events, the community may start to attack ESL.
What do you think about Pro Players not having the right to compete in MLG events? Let me know in the comments section below.
Image credits go to Mikwen, Batchford and Major League Gaming