Activision Blizzard has confirmed that they have acquired Major League Gaming’s entire business, following the leak from last week.

As part of the agreement, Major League Gaming will become part of Activision Blizzard’s Media Networks division, which is led by former ESPN CEO Steve Bornstein and MLG co-founder Mike Sepso, and MLG will continue to operate MLG.tv, MLG Pro Circuit, Game Battles and more.

Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard, said, “Our acquisition of Major League Gaming’s business furthers our plans to create the ESPN of esports. MLG’s ability to create premium content and its proven broadcast technology platform – including its live streaming capabilities – strengthens our strategic position in competitive gaming. MLG has an incredibly strong and seasoned team and a thriving community. Together, we will create new ways to celebrate players and their unique skills, dedication and commitment to gaming. We are excited to add Sundance and the entire MLG esports team to our competitive gaming initiatives.”

One thing that is different from last week’s leak is that Sundance DiGiovanni will remain at MLG as the CEO, working with Activision Blizzard Media Networks on future MLG projects.

Sundance DiGiovanni, Chief Executive Officer and MLG Co-founder, said, “Our mission for over 12 years has been to promote and expand the growth of competitive gaming worldwide, and today the industry is at a key inflection point as its popularity soars and rivals that of many traditional professional sports. This acquisition and Activision Blizzard’s commitment to competitive gaming will expand the opportunities for gamers to be recognized and celebrated for their competitive excellence.”

Mike Sepso, Senior Vice President of Activision Blizzard Media Networks and MLG Co-founder, said, “Sundance and I founded MLG to highlight the incredible talent of competitive gamers all over the world. Activision Blizzard’s esports leadership, incredible intellectual property and long history in competitive gaming create a perfect home for MLG’s capabilities. The acquisition of MLG’s business is an important step towards Activision Blizzard Media Networks’ broader mission to bring esports into the mainstream by creating and broadcasting premium esports content, organizing global league play and expanding distribution with key gaming partners.”

With this agreement, Activision Blizzard’s MLG will continue to work on providing events for other major titles, including Halo 5: Guardians event and Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

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  • Kyle Soule

    Furst

  • ScOott

    Sekund

    • Kyle Soule

      No one’s here Sc0ott. I guess it’s just you and me.

      • Ray

        No PSN, I need my fix 🙁

        • Kyle Soule

          That sucks 🙁 hopefully it gets fixed soon.

    • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

      I can confirm it’s down for me for the first time in a long time. It’s been a half a year. Edit: It’s not a DDOS. They’re under maintenance.

  • CoconutDrunk

    Super Smash Bros aswell?

    • CoDforever

      its already on mlg

      • CoconutDrunk

        I know.
        I mean that Activision is doing the Smash Bros events.

      • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

        They could have used this money for dedicated servers. But nope, they had to invest money into something that does jack shit for CoD. Thanks, MLG.

        • CoDforever

          there is dedicated servers in the game .. their just not as good as we thought they’d be

          also they bought the developers of candy crush for 5.9 billion, that is 100x bigger and more waste than this deal

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            Well you didn’t get the point. They could have invested that money into making more servers for the game, but no, they have to do something that benefits a redundant-in-comparison-to-the-majority community. It’s not a big deal until you factor that in. I don’t like competitive gaming, so this upsets me, because I’ve supported Activision with my full $60 since World at War, and now they’re investing into something I personally find so stupid like MLG.

            Activision wants to support THIS? Seriously? Well, now we know where their priorities are. I’ll get over it, but surely you understand why I’m so annoyed by it. MLG makes CoD (and gaming in general) look bad.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7HbCkU_-cM
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDoObXL-F98

          • CoDforever

            they havent invested shit in other than throwing a million dollars at it every year so it stays relevant the whole year through. As far as I can tell I have never had a host migration.

            And your probably one of the racist fucks who supports trump if you think a couple people represent an entire community.

            And shit like that happens in EVERY esport. Hell even every NORMAL SPORT. Dont act like half you casuals arent like that either.

            If this game was seriously made for competitive you would have no idea how different this game would really be

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            Quite a few of the lobbies I’ve been in have been dedicated servers, but this is $49 million we’re talking about. That most likely could have changed the hosting of the game entirely, hell, they could have gotten rid of PVP with that kind of money, but no, they had to invest it into something that’s irrelevant and only harms the brand.

            I’m Libertarian. Donald Trump can go fuck himself. A couple of people? That’s how a majority of e-Sports players act. They only care about themselves and couldn’t care less if MLG affects the game or not. It’s the most toxic community in CoD next to snipers.

            I’m no casual gamer. I just play CoD casually and only CoD. I don’t see professional athletes doing it (e-Sport is a stupid term that should die). There are some circumstances where there are arguments and bad sportsmanship, but terms like “acting professional” exist for a reason. Competitive gaming is a joke, as far as I’m concerned. Society will compare people like me to them because they’re in the public eye, and that’s sick. They’re playing video games. They don’t deserve any salary higher than minimum wage.

            It’s already different. Black Ops 2 was different. Look at the structure of the maps; like atrocious headglitches everywhere, for example. CoD has been putting MLG-like ideas into its algorithm for years, now, and it has to stop. It’s killing the franchise.

          • CoDforever

            I dont care what you think about esports but the fact that you think this game is made for esports is what bothers me.

            All they’ve done to support esports is make a casual game for you guys and toss some custom settings for us comp guys. Literally nothing more. Adding an option to change the bomb defuse time in custom games is NOT changing the whole game to cater to us.

            Say what you will about esports, but the fact that you think investing in esports is irrelevant is quite mind boggling. Every MLG event averages out to more than 200k views and I believe competitive gaming is the #1 most watched thing on youtube and twitch. The market is growing exponentially and it would stupid for a company to not take advantage of this.

            “That’s how a majority of e-Sports players act.”

            You showed me a video of the most randomn players I’ve never even heard off .. Show me a video of any optic, nv, faze or any other major team members doing something like that. The only big team that acted immature in cod was Impact in 2013 and they have well made up for it.

            ” I don’t see professional athletes doing it ”

            I know this is a bit off topic but Idk if you know this but a professional football players owns a cod esports org. The cod esports scene is growing and you cant deny that.

            ” They’re playing video games. They don’t deserve any salary higher than minimum wage.”

            That could be said about any gaming youtuber.

            “It’s already different. Black Ops 2 was different. Look at the structure of the maps; like atrocious headglitches everywhere, for example. CoD has been putting MLG-like ideas into its algorithm for years, now, and it has to stop. It’s killing the franchise.”

            By far the most arrogant statement I’ve ever read. What makes you think putting more headglitches in the game caters to us?? Please show me ANY proof that the competitive community asked for more headlglitches. In fact we also despise and dont want them in the game.

            Also you realize that MW3 was 100% anti-mlg and that game still has the most headglitches right? headglitches have existed in cod way before cod esports was even a thing.

            Also “MLG like ideas” what the fuck do you mean? You realize that games like ghosts and AW are killing the franchise, not stuff like round based domination right? and fyi ghosts hated mlg and esports

          • Dude, this BradyAlucard guy is an idiot. You can throw every fact, graph, anything at him, and he will STILL say the exact same things over and over again like a broken record. He won’t give his opinion, he won’t show any proof, he’ll just argure and say “esports is trash” or some variation of that phrase.

          • Nefireous

            I have dedis on PC. They are faulty a decent portion of the time, making me question their quality

          • jordanxbrookes

            Don’t worry bro. Give it about 3/4 or so years, and hopefully I’ll be having you playing my game 🙂

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            That sounds like fun, fam!

          • jordanxbrookes

            I aim to make it fun, whilst trying to eliminate any bullshit.

        • jordanxbrookes

          I said the exact same thing on Twitter. It’s bullshit.

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            Watch all the bullshit I’m going to get from my opinion, though. Who’s going to invest themselves into something so stupid when shit like this happens? These are the new people representing Call of Duty. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7HbCkU_-cM

          • So all you do is take video of the “bad apples” of the community, and base your opinion around that? You’re pretty much KEEMSTAR right now.

        • Fraser // Turmoil

          It’s not MLG’s fault. They are a STREAMING platform, which, if you didn’t notice, has NOTHING to do with online Call of Duty, and I’m pretty sure that if a smaller streaming company than twitch got offered to be bought for $46m, they’d take it too, so quit your complaining.

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            I’m not going to stop doing anything. It’s my opinion, so get over it. I don’t like competitive gaming, so I’m going to bitch when the game I paid for is effected by some unfathomable things like this.

            MLG is the main platform for those who are competitive players. Streamer or not, they’re still an organization. My point still stands about dedicated servers. They should not be investing into things that have no positive effect on the majority of the consumers, and that’s my opinion.

  • lunator100hd .

    Fix psn already!

    • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

      It wasn’t DDOS’ed, it’s going under maintenance. Europe is down until the 7th.

      • Fraser // Turmoil

        What are you on about? PSN is back up for me, and I’m in Europe…

        • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

          Is it? I saw a post saying that it’s down until the 7th. I was wrong. No big deal.

  • Just watch teams be ranked as angry chickens (if you get what I mean). ;P

  • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

    Over using that money to buy more dedicated servers? Wow.

  • Jay Evan

    Well shit. What does this mean now?

    • Kyle Soule

      It means MLG supply drops and coins you have to buy to watch the events.

      • Fraser // Turmoil

        Oh, I can see that you haven’t paid much attention. The Call of Duty events went back to twitch.tv if you couldn’t tell already.

        • Kyle Soule

          Wait did they really?

  • Aziz Peregrino-Brimah

    I would not mind if you all used a different fonts for your quotations. The orange, all-caps text is difficult to read.