Major League Gaming announced today that Call of Duty: Black Ops II will play a major role in their upcoming 10th Annual Winter Season of the Pro Circuit. With many pro gamers migrating from other games to Black Ops II, this really comes as no surprise.
The Season will include Black Ops II on Xbox 360, League of Legends for PC, and another game that has yet to be announced (which will probably be a fighting game of some sort on PS3 - not Halo 4).
“The global phenomenon of competitive gaming has reached a tipping point and I believe 2013 is going to be the most pivotal time for eSports,” said Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO and co-founder of Major League Gaming, in an official press release. “The Winter Season includes games built for competitive play, an event format and production level unparalleled in the industry and a passionate global fan base that continues to grow. Combine that with our TV-esque online broadcast, and we have everything needed for MLG and eSports to dominate the entertainment industry and appeal to an even broader audience.”
MLG's Black Ops II events include:
- Winter Championship Bracket Qualifier: February 12th – March 8th
North American teams that purchase their Winter Championship Team Pass between January 29th and February 10th will have the opportunity to compete in this double elimination tournament for one of 12 starting spots in the Winter Championship’s Championship Bracket. Select matches will be broadcast as part of MLG’s nightly Call of Duty content on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. EST beginning February 12th on www.majorleaguegaming.com and www.twitch.tv/team/MLG.
- Europe Team Ladder on GameBattles: January 1st – March 10th
The Black Ops II Europe Team Ladder is currently underway. On March 10th, the current rankings will be used to seed any European teams in the Winter Championship Open Bracket. Sign up for the Ladder here.
- Pro Circuit Winter Championship in Dallas, Texas: March 15th – 17th
At the Winter Championship, 128 teams will have the opportunity to compete in an Open Bracket.
The top four teams in the Open Bracket will advance to the Championship Bracket where they will battle the 12 teams that qualified via the Bracket Qualifier tournament. In the Championship Bracket, teams will compete for $50,000 with first place taking home $20,000. Nearly all Championship Bracket matches will be broadcast via one stream.
Competitor passes will be available beginning January 29th.