For the first time in history Major League Gaming (MLG) and ESPN have joined together to host the first-ever X Games Invitational. The event will be held at the inaugural X Games Austin on June 6-8 2014, at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
The top five Call of Duty: Ghosts teams on the MLG Pro Points rankings, and the top three finishers of the recent Call of Duty Championship – CompLexity, EnVyUS and OpTic gaming - will be invited to compete in the three-day event. The game will be played on Xbox One, and for the first time ever MLG Pro Gamers will receive X Games medals.
The gaming competition will sit side by side with other sports at the games including Moto X, BMX, Skateboarding, and Rally amongst others.
If you want to watch the event you can watch the livestream on MLG’s website or use the MLG.tv apps for Xbox 360, iOS, and Android. If you want to attend in person you can check for tickets over on Ticket Master – a three-day ticket costs $89, whereas for a mere $100 more you can buy the “3-Day Major League Gaming Premium Upgrade." This upgrade will buy you reserved seats in the MLG tent, a behind-the-scenes tour, plus you’ll get to meet the players and receive a goody bag.
“The popularity of competitive gaming and the MLG Pro Circuit is at an all-time high with millions watching the best gamers compete each month on MLG.tv,” commented Don Reilley, Executive Vice President of Sales for MLG. “This collaboration with X Games will help further bring MLG to the mainstream while we provide advertisers with quality exposure and deep engagement with our fan base on MLG.tv across all platforms,” Reilley continued.
Pro gaming is getting bigger and bigger each year, with pro tournaments for Call of Duty, Dota 2, League of Legends, and Starcraft 2 being some of the biggest games to watch. Now with MLG and ESPN thrusting the pro scene into the mainstream even further, with the X Games event, we’re sure to see the sport become a more prevalent topic amongst a wider audience.