Jess Colwill, October 26, 2016

MLG Announce eSports Festival in Las Vegas

Major League Gaming have announced they will be holding an esports and digital culture festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

MLG Vegas will run for three days beginning on December 16th at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. The festival will feature the first NA regional of the Call of Duty World League (CWL) and an Overwatch invitational. It will also feature an event called End Game, which MLG describes as “a lifestyle event celebrating digital culture.”

“End Game is going to be the biggest celebration of esports culture in MLG’s history,” stated MLG’s VP of Brands and Content, Sundance DiGiovanni. “Video games are a dominant force in pop culture and have as much mindshare with this audience as music, art, or movies. When we looked at other festivals, we saw a huge hole in their programming, and Vegas presented an opportunity for us to celebrate these content creators, esports pros, and digital influencers."

“To put it simply, if you’re neglecting esports at your events, you are missing out on a huge passion point for a highly-engaged and creative audience.”

MLG Vegas

To start the CWL 2017, twelve teams will compete in pool play with 96 more competing in a double elimination bracket; they will all be competing for a slice of the $100,000 prize pool. This year, the teams will be playing Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

The Overwatch invitational will feature eight top-tier teams going head-to-head for the chance to win a prize pool also set at $100,000.

General admission for the event is $49.99, which gets you seats at the tournaments and access to all End Game events and activities. For something a little fancier, there’s a VIP admission for $149.99 which gets you VIP seating, VIP check-in, early access to the venue, and a sweet hoodie. Teams looking to compete at the event will need to purchase a Team Pass for $299.99.

Finally, if you can’t make it to Las Vegas in person, the event will be broadcast in HD on MLG.tv. The broadcast will feature their new Enhanced Viewing Experience (EVE), which shows the viewer game stats and player information during the broadcast.

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.