June promises more excitement for Call of Duty fans as MLG joins X Games Austin. The “MLG Call of Duty: Ghosts” tournament will highlight the top five teams based on MLG Pro Points in addition to the top three winning teams from the Call of Duty Championship. MLG CEO Sundance DiGiovanni commented on the news, stating, “It’s going to be [MLG] bringing our high-level production into a really full weekend. We’re looking to build something here that hopefully becomes a tradition at both the summer and winter X Games over time.”
He continued, “We are for the first time in a position where we have the league structure, the broadcast piece, the direct access to media and brands who are interested in advertising and marketing to this audience, and it’s built in such a way where there’s this tremendous scale in front of us.”
Apparently, the partnership between MLG and X Games has been about a year in the making. As a long time fan of X Games, it will be extremely interesting to see how the introduction of Call of Duty will translate to other long time fans.
— MLG (@MLG) April 28, 2014
Those interested in purchasing tickets for the three-day event and finding hotel listings can find more information here. $89 will get you a general admission ticket for the event, but purchasing the premium update ($189) will earn reserved seating in the MLG Tent, a behind-the-scenes tour, a meet and greet with top Call of Duty players, a gift bag including MLG merchandise, gaming gear, and more!
As someone who has been supportive in the growth of Call of Duty eSports, this is very exciting news! For a while, especially while writing specifically about Call of Duty tournaments and events, it almost seemed like the eSports effort had reached a devastating plateau. In the midst of chaotic actions such as continuous team changes, it became a true challenge to cover and represent the scene. However, with ESPN on board, I have no doubt that we will see Call of Duty eSports grow immensely. Despite the negative reactions, primarily emanating from people who are complaining that eSports isn’t an athletic sport, it will be a pleasure to see the top Call of Duty teams battle it out for an X Games medal.
Perhaps seeing Call of Duty at the X Games will ignite more opportunity for other areas in eSports such as League of Legends, which has one of the largest eSports followings ever, but may not translate as easily as Call of Duty to an ESPN audience.
X Games Austin will take place on June 6-8 at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Fans will also be able to watch the competition via MLG.tv, MLG apps for iOS and Android, as well as the MLG.tv app for Xbox 360.