Playback video from the MLG official championship game back in 2017. Watch some of the worlds most professional esports player compete head to head for over $200,000 in prizes and cash.
The Call of Duty Championship is an annual Call of Duty tournament held at the end of the season to determine the World Champion of the Year. To determine qualification, teams must qualify through events before the World Championship. Players must be at least 18 years of age as of the beginning of the tournament in order to participate.
The inaugural tournament was held in 2013 on Call of Duty: Black Ops II for the Xbox 360 and was won by Fariko Impact. Complexity Gaming won the 2014 event.
The 2015 iteration of the event was won by Denial eSports with team consisting of Chris “Replays” Crowder, Dillon “Attach” Price, James “Clayster” Eubanks, and Jordan “JKap” Kaplan.
The 2016 iteration occurred 2nd-4th September 2016, unlike previous ones held in the spring, with a two million dollar prize pool. It was announced on 8th June 2016 that the championship will take place along with Call of Duty XP which will reveal the Infinite Warfare Multiplayer Trailer. Team EnvyUs won the event. The team consisted of John, JKap, SlasheR, and Apathy. John was named MVP of the Event.
Major League Gaming Corp. (MLG) is a professional eSports organization. MLG is headquartered in New York City, New York and was founded in 2002 by Sundance DiGiovanni and Mike Sepso. MLG has held official video game tournaments throughout the United States and Canada. The Boost Mobile MLG Pro Circuit was a television broadcast of Halo 2 MLG tournaments in 2006 and 2007, ESPN.com, and other broadband sites. The company has also been involved in television production, and game development. MLG’s aim is to elevate computer and console game tournaments to viable competitive and spectator events.
In January 2016, video game publisher Activision Blizzard announced its acquisition of Major League Gaming. The company, whose own eSports division is led by MLG co-founder Mike Sepso, stated that it intended to leverage the purchase as part of its plans to build an eSports-focused television network.
The MLG Pro Circuit roster currently includes Starcraft II and League of Legends for the PC. Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur V, and King of Fighters XIII for the PlayStation 3, and Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo Gamecube are the only console games. Fighting games are commentated by Juicebox Abel, Tom Brady (not to be confused with the NFL quarterback), and Bibulus. No League of Legends casters have been announced yet.
Major League Gaming also hosts a series of online qualifier ladders for the online-only pro circuit titles leading to the national championship. In the past, MLG hosted Super Smash Bros. Melee tournaments during the 2004 through 2006 MLG Circuit and other games such as Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Tekken 5, Gears of War, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas, Shadowrun, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, Call of Duty 4, and Gears of War 2.
Each team/player must purchase a team pass to compete. These passes normally go on sale several weeks in advance of the next Pro Circuit event. Passes are limited, so participants are encouraged to purchase a pass as soon as they go on sale.
MLG.tv is Major League Gaming’s streaming media service. Several professional Call of Duty players including Matt “Nadeshot” Haag have signed exclusivity contracts with the streaming service. At the end of the first quarter of 2015, MLG announced that mlg.tv saw in increase in viewership of 253%.