Features Top 24 Ranked StarCraft II Players from KeSPA’s Proleague and Western StarCraft II Players Competing Head to Head
Major League Gaming (MLG) the Korean eSports Association (KeSPA), and the International eSports Group (IEG) today announced the MvP (MLG vs. Proleague) Invitational. This new program is the next groundbreaking step in the MLG/IEG/KeSPA collaboration announced earlier this year and is the foundation of future programs among KeSPA, IEG and LG.
Kicking off later this month, the MvP Invitational will feature 48 of the world’s best StarCraft II players including the top 24 ranked StarCraft II Players in KeSPA’s Proleague (see list below), 12 players from North America, six players from Europe (EU) and six players from Korea /Taiwan. Broadcasts of the competition begin September 24 at majorleaguegaming.com with matches airing weekly.
Over the next six weeks, players will compete for a chance at $10,000 in prizes, as well as eight coveted spots in Group Play and an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the MLG Fall Championship in Dallas, Texas, from November 2-4. The top eight will include four KeSPA players, two from North America, one from EU and one from Korea/Taiwan. These top eight Group Play spots are in addition to the Group placements from the MLG Online Qualifiers and those earned at the Summer Championship in Raleigh.
“We are excited to unveil the MvP Invitational as the next step in our multi-year global partnership with KeSPA, a collaboration that aims to further bridge the Western and Korean StarCraft worlds,” said Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO of Major League Gaming. “This flagship competitive program guarantees that top StarCraft II players from KeSPA’s Proleague will compete LIVE at the MLG Fall Championship in Dallas. We plan to expand MvP and roll out new programs in 2013.”
“Together with MLG, we are continuing our quest to bring the world’s top players into the international spotlight and the MvP Invitational will further the global expansion of eSports,” said Lee Young Hee, President of KeSPA.
“IEG will continue to contribute to various events between KeSPA players and international players. With the successful launch of the MvP Invitational, we will make an effort to provide high-quality content around the world,” said Jae Myung Lee, President of IEG.
Additional details about the competition rules, players and broadcast will be announced in the coming weeks. The participating top 24 ranked StarCraft II Players from KeSPA’s Proleague include:
Changes to the MLG Fall Season
MLG is excited to announce a new format for our Fall 2012 Season. Throughout MLG’s history, our goal has been to provide the highest level of competitive gaming in the world for players and fans. We have continually strived to redefine esports by experimenting with new formats and continually pushing the envelope. With this in mind we are pleased to announce a new format for our Fall Season.
More Competition - MvP (MLG vs. Proleague) Invitational
In an effort to deliver more global competition, earlier today we announced the MvP (MLG vs. Proleague) Invitational . Kicking off later this month, it will feature 48 of the world’s best StarCraft II players including the top 24 ranked StarCraft II Players in KeSPA’s Proleague , 12 players from North America, six players from Europe (EU) and six players from Korea /Taiwan.
Players will compete for a chance at $10,000 in prizes, as well as eight coveted spots in group play and an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the MLG Fall Championship in Dallas, Texas, from November 2-4. The top eight from the MvP Invitational will join the top finishers from the MLG Online Qualifiers, and the top eight finishers at the Summer Championship in Raleigh who will also receive all-expenses paid trips to Dallas to compete in group play.
More Online Broadcasts
Because of the high demand for regular online content, we will be presenting more competitive gaming programming at www.majorleaguegaming.com, including broadcasts of the MvP Invitational that will begin airing weekly starting September 24.
Our broadcasts will continue with StarCraft II online qualifiers in the coming weeks, beginning with European qualifiers that will be followed up by Korean and North American competition. The online qualifiers will result in group play placement at the Fall Championship.
To add to the broadcast presentation, we are excited to announce that Nick “Axslav” Ranish and Alex “Axeltoss” Rodriguez are joining the MLG team to help broadcast our new content, and will serve as our live events expert analysts and commentators. We will also be working together on new MLG content like top 10s, expert tips and analysis and highlighting the best content to help viewers better understand StarCraft II and improve their gameplay.
A complete broadcast schedule will be released soon, but expect more competition and analysis as we head into November.
Everything’s Bigger in Texas
The MLG Fall Championship in Dallas will be MLG’s biggest of the year. We have already announced the addition of a pre-release Halo 4 tournament and a global StarCraft II tournament. Competitor passes for Halo 4 are now on sale and additional games will be announced soon.
As everyone prepares to make Dallas the most insane event ever and we bring you new broadcast programming, we will no longer be holding the previously announced Arena activities.
Please stay tuned for more details about the Fall Broadcast line-up and Fall Championship including new game, player and caster announcements in the coming weeks.