Major League Gaming's Orlando Competition Sets Record For Largest Console Gaming Competition Ever
The August 25–27 Boost Mobile MLG Pro Circuit to Feature 208 Halo 2 Teams and 1,200 Individual Competitors Who Will Battle it Out in Front of Expected Audience of More than 6,000
New York, NY - August 17, 2006 - Major League Gaming (MLG) announced today the Boost Mobile MLG Pro Circuit competition this month in Orlando will be the largest console video game competition ever, featuring 208 4-person Halo 2 teams, more than 1,000 individual competitors and an audience of more than 6,000.
In addition to the thousands of spectators and competitors watching the action in Orlando, hundreds of thousands more will watch a live stream of the competition at www.mlgpro.com. And starting on November 11th, all the action of the 2006 Pro Circuit will be airing on USA Network to 89 million homes as part of a groundbreaking TV series that looks into the lives of the pro players and takes the audience through the drama of the competitions.
The number of competitors at the Orlando event breaks the previous attendance record set by MLG last month when 1,800 gamers battled it out in MLG's Chicago Pro Circuit stop.
"It is really exciting to see the kind of growth we're experiencing, with the number of teams, competitors and spectators more than doubling year-over-year," said Matthew Bromberg, president and COO of MLG. "And it's all leading up to our Playoffs at the Digital Life show in the Javits Center in New York in October, and the Finals in Las Vegas where MLG's $800,000 season comes to a close and the 2006 Champions are named."
MLG had previously limited the number of four man teams to 176. Orlando is the first competition that MLG opened to more than 200 teams, leading to 208 team registrations in a matter of hours. The 2006 Boost Mobile MLG Pro Circuit, presented by GameStop and Scion, opened on April 21 in New York and continued through to Dallas, Anaheim and Chicago. Remaining competitions include Orlando on August 25-27, and New York (Jacob Javits Center) on October 13-15, all leading up to the Championship in Las Vegas on November 10-12.
Spectators and gamers are welcome to come to the Wyndham Orlando Resort and be part of the action. For more information, including location details, player point system rankings and general competition rules, please visit the MLG Web site at www.mlgpro.com.
About MLG (Major League Gaming)
MLG is the first professional video game league. By raising video game competition to the level of professional sport, the company is creating a sports media business that provides players, developers, publishers, media partners, and advertisers a unique connection to the video game lifestyle enjoyed by 168 million Americans. With the support of major sponsors, MLG operates a pro tour that in 2006 will make 7 stops in major cities across the U.S., exclusively featuring the best gamers in the world. We produce a variety of online and broadcast-quality programming that showcases MLG's pros and this exciting new sports entertainment phenomenon. More information can be found at www.mlgpro.com.