An epic weekend of MLG Winter Champs eSports content comes to a close
The MLG Winter Championships have come and gone, competitors accross three games took home $170,000 of prizes, and preparation for the next tournament begins.
For League of Legends, we saw some of the amatuer teams who will go through to the qualifiers for their shot at becoming a contracted professional LCS (League of Legends Championship Series) team.
StarCraft II saw some unbelievable competition between the best players in StarCraft history, including Flash--perhaps the greatest RTS gamer in history--who made it to the finals only to be defeated by now back-to-back MLG winner Life, who is now one very rich 16 year old.
On the Call of Duty stage we saw some of the best teams in the world compete in an all out brawl, a massive turnout for the console scene who were the flag-bearers of MLG in the years before StarCraft II and League of Legends.
StarCraft and League of Legends received an audience of over 130,000 concurrent viewers each on the TwitchTV livestreams, certainly nothing new for League of Legends, but a huge resurgence for StarCraft II, encouraged by the recent release of the Heart of the Swarm expansion. Call of Duty recieved a much more modest 30,000 viewers, while not as massive as the PC titles, certainly a good sign of things to come for the rebounding console community who put on a good show.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II on Xbox 360: $50,000 in prizes; First place - $20,000
In addition to cash prizes, the top eight Call of Duty: Black Ops II teams earned trips to Hollywood, CA to compete for their share of a $1 million total tournament purse in the Call of Duty® Championship April 5-7.
- 1st = $20,000 - Fariko Impact
- 2nd = $12,000 - Unite
- 3rd = $7,000 - vVv Gaming
- 4th = $4,000 - CompLexity
- 5th and 6th = $2,300 - EnVyUs and OpTic Gaming
- 7th and 8th = $1,200 - Elgato SoaR and Quantic Gaming
League of Legends: $45,000 in Prizes
- North American Summer Promotion Qualifier
- 1st = $20,000 and a spot in the May Promotion Tournament into Riot’s LCS - Cloud 9
- 2nd = $5,000 - Velocity eSports
- 3rd/4th = $2,500 - Curse, Dignitas
- International Exhibition Tournament
- 1st = $10,000 - KT Rolster B
- 2nd = $5,000 - Gambit Gaming
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm: $75,000 in prizes; First place - $25,000
- 1st = $25,000 –Life – back to back MLG StarCraft II Champion – Fall Championship 2012 and Winter Championship 2013
- 2nd = $15,000 -Flash
- 3rd = $9,000 – Innovation
- 4th = $6,000 - MC
- 5th/8th = $3,000 - Last
- 5th/8th = $3,000 – Bomber
- 5th/8th = $3,000 - Parting
- 5th/8th = $3,000 – Rain