Pro Competitive Gaming Will Be Part Of This Year's X-Games
Well, I've seen ESPN cover a Scrabble tournament before, so why not?
It's a controversial topic: Is competitive gaming actually a legitimate sport? Some say no (including me) but ESPN has opted to air some eSports:
Today, the world's largest sports entertainment network and Major League Gaming (MLG) has announced a partnership that will allow MLG pros to compete at ESPN's X-Games.
It'll be the first ever Major League Gaming X-Games Invitational, as eight of the world's best Call of Duty teams will compete in a three-day tournament for a shot at a medal. But of course it's CoD; what'd you think it'd be, Dark Souls? Anyway, MLB will get a dedicated area showcasing the event at the upcoming X-Games in Austin. As for how often the competitive gaming will get on TV, nobody knows. We'll have to see.
Said MLB executive vice president of sales, Don Reilly:
"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. 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."
If you'd like to attend the event in person, you can purchase a three-day pass for $89, which also includes access to the MLB tent. For $189, you can pick up an "extremely limited" VIP pass, which gets you reserved seats in said tent, a behind-the-scenes tour, a SWAG bag, and meet-and-greet opportunities with the players.
Okay, I'm not saying I can do what those CoD pros can do but you know, I'm not really itching for an autograph, either.
4/28/2014 11:18:06 AM Ben Dutka