Major League Gaming’s Pro League Season 1 Playoffs will take place this weekend, starting February 20th and ending February 22nd. The event takes place at the MLGtv Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The playoffs features the top 8 teams from Season 1 of the Pro League.

8 teams competing; bracket seeding: 

  1. OpTic Gaming
  2. Denial eSports
  3. Prophecy
  4. FaZe
  5. Aware Gaming
  6. Team KaLiBeR
  7. Team EnVyUs
  8. Rise Nation

Prize Breakdown:

  • 1st = $30,000 / Pro Points: 25,000
  • 2nd = $15,000 / Pro Points: 15,000
  • 3rd = $10,000 / Pro Points: 11,000
  • 4th = $6,000 / Pro Points: 9,000
  • 5th = $4,000 / Pro Points: 8,000
  • 5th = $4,000 / Pro Points: 8,000
  • 7th = $3,000 / Pro Points: 7,000
  • 7th = $3,000 / Pro Points: 7,000

 Schedule:

Friday, Feb 20th: 

  • 5:30 PM Pregame Show
  • 6:00 PM Winners Round 1 – FaZe vs Aware
  • 7:00 PM Winners Round 1 – Prophecy vs TK
  • 8:30 PM Winners Round 1 – OpTic Gaming vs Rise Nation
  • 10:00 PM Winners Round 1 – Denial vs Envy

Saturday. Feb 21st: 

  • 12:00 PM Losers Round 1 – Match 1
  • 1:00 PM Losers Round 1 – Match 2
  • 2:30 PM Winners Round 2 – Match 1
  • 4:00 PM Winners Round 2 – Match 2
  • 6:30 PM Losers Round 2 – Match 1
  • 7:30 PM Losers Round 2 – Match 2

Sunday, Feb 22nd: 

  • 12:00 PM Losers Round 3
  • 1:00 PM Winners Final
  • 3:00 PM Lunch Break
  • 3:30 PM Losers Final
  • 5:00 PM Championship Match

 Trailer:

The entire event will be live streamed on MLG.tv, starting at 5:30PM ET on February 20th. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest from the event!

Stay tuned for the latest Call of Duty eSports news.

SOURCE: MLG

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  • drjakeyoung

    Too much MLG and E-sports and not enough casual/core stuff in this cod.

    • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

      Right on the money with that one.

    • PoppyMelt

      Activision/Sledgehammer has nothing to do with this.

      • drjakeyoung

        Activision has nothing to do with MLG? Are you high?!

        • PoppyMelt

          MLG is running these playoffs not Activision

          • Favorite Ape

            Derp Derp! Activision not having anything to do with this? Too funny.

      • Smayo

        Activison is ruining this series just as they did with THPS and GH

      • J4MES

        MLG and eSports are just brands – Activison is bankrolling them and taking a line-share from advertising whilst charging a whopping licence fee for the competitions to take place.

      • Favorite Ape

        Derp!

      • Keshav Bhat

        Yes they do. All events have to be run through and confirmed with Activision as its their game and copyright 🙂

    • PoppyMelt

      They add 1 playlist for MLG and that is too much? This game was much less MLG than Black Ops 2.

    • Keshav Bhat

      Hey there! I’m sure you can tell, that eSports is becoming a part of Call of Duty. Viewership is at an all time high; prize pools are increasing; more teams are joining in; more arenas are being built. We love and support eSports and we love casual CoD players here at charlieINTEL. As I’ve said before, I work at charlieINTEL everyday cause I’ve loved CoD since COD4. It’s had its ups and downs, but overall I still enjoy Call of Duty. And, I love eSports. All the news we post is here is what interests us as well! I know I can’t make everyone like eSports, but some do and I post these for those that do! There isn’t much to report for casual gamers right now. No new updates, nothing like that announced or released as of now. It’s about balancing and about making sure we report ALL things CoD.

      • Smayo

        E-sports is on the rise, but the casual support is declining rapidly with every new entry in this series, the hype for treyarch’s new game may be hot at the moment, but im willing to bet that won’t be the case for the next IW and SHG games, e-sports is killing casual CoD, and like it or not without casual support CoD is doomed

        • Colin MacKenzie

          With the exponential support eSports has seen with CoD, it’s more likely that casuals will simply convert as the games do the same. The CoD audience may not ever be as huge as it once was, but the eSports community has stuck by each title and is a much more consistent audience compared to casuals.

          • Smayo

            I don’t agree, while it’s true that the eSports community is a much more consistent audience, it’s still only a small percentage of the overall CoD community, the casual majority will over time (when this series continues its path to catering eSports before casual) starting to look for alternatives in the FPS genre to replace competitive CoD with a much more friendlier game to casuals, that trend is already in motion, and as soon as there is a game that can fulfill those needs it’s over for casual CoD, and with that the basis and interest in CoD eSports by the big public

      • drjakeyoung

        Hi Keshav, just to confirm i don’t mind you poting this on the site, couse it would be weird if you didn’t, seeing as it’s a cod site! I was just expressing how i believe E-sports or MLG have slowly eroded away the game over the last 3 years.

  • Baruck obuma

    i don’t like MLG

  • J4MES

    eSports and MLG has ruined Call of Duty. It’s all about the money these days and not about the quality. Christ how I miss the COD4, WAW, MW2 and BO days:-( I hope to god that Treyarch’s new COD doesn’t follow suit. BO2 was a great and despite the competitive hallmarks; the game still retained the fun to appeal to everyone. AW is just a sweat-fest of try hards and exhausting gameplay that offer little in the way of enjoyment.

    • Keshav Bhat

      To be honest, it’s always about money. Business cannot survive without money; Activision is like any other business out there! They need money too…so they do what they do. And, about “eSports ruined Call of Duty” – I don’t see CoD gong back to the COD4-BO days; I know, it’s hard to see that…but I guess there has to be adjustments, you could say. What always gets me is that, so many people say eSports ruins the game, but Ghosts had no eSports support – took them over a month to broadcaster, took them awhile to do many stuff for eSports – and look at how that game turned out.

      • TehShadewRaeper

        What I don’t get is that people are complaining about AW being a mlg catered game. When BO2 was the same way. Remember all the pros complaining about msmc and Pdw. To be quite honest Activision isn’t destroying CoD, we the community are. Before ghosts everybody wanted bigger maps and a faster ttk. IW gave us that and we bitched. Summer of Bo2 everybody hated Bo2 with a passion and now it’s the greatest CoD since Mw2 in a lot of peoples mind. And like u said this is a business activision isn’t out there to make friends, they’re out there to make money. I guess if don’t like CoD don’t play it.

    • TehShadewRaeper

      The reason you get try hards is because of SSBM

  • ScOott

    I’m going to join in ….. E sports is a bag of wank 😀

  • Stefan Lang

    Although I love watching these teams compete this game caters to pros more than the casual gamer. I found myself having a shitload of fun on Ghosts last night and I was someone that hated that game so much. Having more fun on Ghosts than AW. They should really tone down on matchmaking in AW if they want this game to get through the Summer, if it hasn’t already died yet. Competitive setting is fun and all but not every game. Especially when you have shitty team mates.

    • J4MES

      It’s the common cycle

      http://i.imgur.com/egl7Z.jpg

      This time next year, you’ll be loving Advanced Warfare at least;-)

      • Favorite Ape

        Nope. No cycle. Most players went back to BO2. Just sad a game as bad as ghosts can be considered fun compared to AW.

        • Guywithbrains

          I wonder why everyone went back to Black Ops 2… /sarcasm

          I just don’t get it what is so cool about it. It caters to tryhards but totally forgets noobs which is basically over 70% of the community.

          • rrr

            you’re really dumb, is your name just for irony?

          • Guywithbrains

            Having a different opinion than other Black Ops 2 fans isn’t being stupid. Me as a casual and more noob player want to have fun but sofar Treyarch titles have been the least fun because they cater to “pros”.

            I am still waiting what they have for Black Ops 3. Who knows, maybe they learned a lesson and start listen to over 70% of the community a.k.a. noobs who give them the most of their money.

          • Colin MacKenzie

            Black Ops 2 offered some of the greatest pub experiences in recent years. When compared to Ghosts and AW, the pubs in that game are fantastic. If you have a problem with BO2 of all things, go further back for COD4 and MW2 if you can stand the hackers long enough… -_-

        • Stefan Lang

          Right. I just bought BO2 again because my nephew had cracked it. It’s still going strong.

  • Cosima McInnes

    I have watch MLG/e-sports stuff and honestly …. It’s not intense or entertaining as the “pro players” make it out to be :/

    • Kill Denied

      It isn’t rugby, its just a bunch of guys playing a game. Not much to see

    • Keshav Bhat

      It’s basically an extension of what casual players do. I grew up playing with friends on split screen for Halo, etc, and then did with CoD 4 onwards. It was friendly competition. But, as the game grew, so did competition and it was only time for real money in this. Doesn’t have to be intense, just fun 🙂

      • Smayo

        And there’s the problem with AW, it’s not fun, maybe for those selected few who made their living now playing this series professional and a bunch of wannabe’s, but for the bigger part of the casual community the game focus so hard on the competitive side it’s just not fun to play, and it’s going to be CoD’s downfall if they continue their focus on MLG/E-sports

        • Random

          I had tons of fun last night playing Momentum. I wasn’t always positive but I was attempting to cap quite a lot, and it was great. I won, lost and drew matches, it was pretty even. Can you really have no fun at all in this game?

          • Smayo

            I can play 2 or 3 mp matches before turning of the game out of pure boredom, it’s not frustration or not wanting to play because I can’t get high scores (my k/d is still decent in aw) just the feeling of wasting time without having fun doing it no matter what gamemode I play.

  • Yay esports! As you guys may know, I want TK to win, but may the best team win!

  • Abu Bakr

    E-Sports: what people who suck a normal sports do.

  • Steven Gehring

    LETS GO ENVYYYYYYYYYYY #EOD

  • Colin MacKenzie

    It’s a real shame casuals don’t give eSports as much of a chance. (This is coming from a casual who converted.) Like it or not, the developers are changing over into eSports centered gameplay and if that bothers you, I’d suggest playing a different game.