IT’S SHOWTIME!If you haven’t heard already, then it’s time to come out from under that rock. MLG is hosting a Call of Duty tournament at the X Games Austin in June. It may have taken 12 years, but MLG is finally getting some recognition for what it promotes.
High quality competitive gaming!
GAMING HAS EVOLVED
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But not once did I ever think that I could have made a living playing that game.
Over thirty years later and gaming is now considered a sport. And the cash to be won is in the tens of thousands of dollars. Some of the most skilled players earn six digit incomes.
THE TIMING IS RIGHT
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So, why now? What makes 2014 the year that professional gaming is set to break into the mainstream. For that we have to look at where it started. Major League Gaming was founded in 2002. Its goal has always been to create competitive spectator events out of gaming. Of course there were naysayers, but MLG persisted, and it seems to be paying off. With technology improving, it is even easier to broadcast games to the masses.
And the choice of the X Games as a partner? Tim Reed , senior director of content strategy for the X Games, commented , “It made sense from X Games’ perspective. The audiences are similar: youth, fun to play with, and they like music, sports and gaming. So it all kind of lines up with [the X Games] audience.”
WHERE DOES IT GO NEXT?
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If all goes well at X Games Austin, expect to see gaming join the other X Games around the country. And then it’s just a small step to seeing it regularly televised on ESPN.
Or who knows, maybe a brand new cable channel will emerge, like ESPN did in 1979 for sports programming.
For now, only time will tell.