Nearly 1,000 pro gamers will comete for a prize pool of $170,000 this weekend in the opening volley of Major League Gaming’s 2013 Pro Circuit.
This event’s featured titles are Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, League of Legends and StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm; the full broadcast schedule is available here.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on Xbox 360: $50,000 in prizes; First place – $20,000
The highly acclaimed franchise returns to the Pro Circuit during the Winter Season. Nearly 200 teams will compete in an Open Bracket to secure placement in the Championship Bracket. There they will join teams that qualified from MLG’s Winter Championship Bracket Qualifier to compete for $50,000 in prizes. In addition to cash prizes, the top eight teams will earn trips to Hollywood, CA to compete for their share of a $1 million total tournament purse in the Call of Duty Championship on April 5-7.
- League of Legends: Three separate events – $45,000 in Prizes total for North American Summer Promotion Qualifier and International Exhibition
· The North American Summer Promotion Qualifier – $30,000 in prizes
Four top North American teams who qualified online have received all expenses paid trips to compete for $30,000 in prizes. The first place team will receive $20,000 and a spot in the May Promotion Tournament into the LCS.
· International Exhibition Tournament – $15,000 in prizes
Four top teams from around the globe including KT Rolster B, Gambit Gaming, Dignitas and Curse will compete in an International Exhibition Tournament for $15,000 in prizes and a first place prize of $10,000.
· Season Three North American League Championship Series (LCS) matches
The LCS matches will feature all eight teams from the North American LCS playing LIVE in person. Over the weekend, each team will play three action-packed matches.
- StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm: $75,000 in prizes; First place – $25,000
32 of the world’s best will compete in a StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm exhibition tournament. 28 players who won their Winter Season Showdowns online including PartinG, Stephano, Mvp, MKP, MC, Taeja and more will join the top four from the MLG 2012 Fall Championship – Life, Leenock, Flash, Bomber – to compete for $75,000 and a first place prize of $25,000.
The Winter Championship opens this year’s Pro Circuit and is being held in Dallas, Texas; it’s the ninth MLG event the city has hosted. MLG is expecting thousands of fans at the Dallas Convention Center as well as the usual “hundreds of thousands” more online.
Doors open at 2:00PM local time on March 15, with competition kicking ogg at 5:30PM. This year’s Pro Circuit boasts an improved event staging system including VIP passes; weekend passes are $35 in advance or $50 at the door, or $250 for VIPs.