Noah J Nelson on Friday, Mar. 14th
Over the past few years video games have been growing in popularity as a spectator sport. Millions of gamers watch each other online and thousands show up for live events.
Major League Gaming, which has been in the eSports business for over a decade now, brings its championship tournament back to Anaheim, CA in June and the promoter expects to break last years attendance record of 21,000 fans.
At the moment three game tournaments have been announced: Call of Duty: Ghosts, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, and a returning favorite Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Melee. $135,000 in prizes have been announced for these three championships combined.
Details on the games after the jump.
Straight from MLG, here’s the breakdown on the lineup at present:
• Call of Duty®: Ghosts – 10 Team International League Playoffs; 192 Team League Play-In Tournament (Open Bracket) – $80,000 in prizes
• StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm®– WCS 4,000 Global Event Awarding WCS Points Towards WCS Global Rankings. 12 Qualifier winners start in Championship Pool Play and 4 added from Open Bracket; 192 Player Open Bracket; 20 Player Championship Bracket – $40,000 in prizes, plus 4,000 WCS points toward qualifying for BlizzCon
• Super Smash Bros. Melee – 12 Qualifier Players start in Championship Pool Play and 4 added from Open Bracket; 1024 Player Open Bracket; 20 Player Championship Bracket – $15,000 in prizes
General admission starts at $45 for the weekend, with prices going up in May and again at the door. Tournament entry fees vary based on the game. From $65 for pre-registration Smash Bros. all the way to $500 if a Call of Duty team shows up on the front door on day one. High rollers can look into VIP packages, naturally.
Tickets for the event went onsale at noon Pacific time for the weekend long event to be held June 20-22 at the Anaheim convention center, in the shadow of the Disney Materhorn.