Fri, Nov 16, 2012 | 00:20 GMT
MLG, ESL and Dreamhack team up for unified rankings system
Major League Gaming, the Electronic Sports League and DreamHack have agreed to make their disparate eSports efforts compatible.
Gamespot reports the agreement will cover the remaining 2012-2013 season, and will result in a universal ranking system, unified competition structure and master tournament calender.
The partnership should result in pro players being able to spread themselves across multiple leagues easily, and the three organisations hope to foster the eSports scene by alleviating timing clashes which divide players and audiences.
“The growth of competitive gaming over the last few years has been staggering and we have now reached the point where we need to align our efforts to advance eSports on a global scale,” said MLG boss Sundance DiGiovanni. “The collaboration between our organizations is the first step in a united effort to take the sport to the next level while benefiting all of those involved.”
The agreement is not limited to particular games or genres. Currently, the only titles shared by all three organisations are StarCraft 2 and League of Legends.
Interestingly, the agreement apparently sprang from talks held at the first eSports Congress in Spain last month, but other organisations in attendance did not sign up.