The 2011 Major League Gaming Pro Circuit National Championships will take place this weekend in Providence, Rhode Island. The three-day long event, which starts on November 18th and runs through November 20th, will see over 1,200 competitors from around the world including 25 of the top StarCraft II players from Korea - the largest number of Koreans to compete in an MLG tournament ever.
2011 has been a breakthrough year for Major League Gaming and competitive gaming in general. MLG events have consistently been setting new viewership records all season long. The last four events have combined for over 11.1 million hours of video consumed and last month's event in Orlando set a new record with 181,000 unique concurrent online viewers.
The prize pool at Providence will be the largest of the season. First place in StarCraft II and Call of Duty: Black Ops each take home $50,000. The team who finishes in first in Halo: Reach will earn themselves a whopping $100,000. League of Legends will also be making its second appearance on the Pro Circuit this weekend with a respectable $15,000 prize for first.
With over $600,000 in total prizes on the line, the National Championships could be the biggest event yet. Mayor Angel Tavares has even declared that Friday, November 18th will be 'Major League Gaming Day' in Providence.
"The 2011 Pro Circuit has been the most action-packed, exciting season in both MLG and e-sports history and our National Championships will continue to deliver some of the most entertaining match-ups of all time,” said Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO, Major League Gaming in an official press release. “This is an event fans won’t want to miss and we anticipate reaching unprecedented online viewership numbers.”
Can't make it out to the event? Don't worry. Head on over to www.majorleaguegaming.com and watch the action unfold LIVE online.