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Major League Gaming Announces New 2012 Pro Circuit Seasonal Structure and First Live Championship Competition

Winter Season to Feature Blizzard Entertainment's StarCraft(R) II:
Wings of Liberty(TM)

Includes MLG Winter Regional Online Qualifiers, January 31-February 8;
MLG Winter Arena in New York City, February 24-26; MLG Winter
Championship in Columbus, Ohio, March 23-25

NEW YORK, Jan. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After closing out the most
successful Pro Circuit season in its history, Major League Gaming
(MLG), the world's largest competitive video game league, today
unveiled a new Pro Circuit structure for 2012 providing even more
competition online and in person with the best players from around the
globe. The ninth annual 2012 Pro Circuit will be divided into four
seasons -- Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Each season will feature
online regional qualifiers and a LIVE-streamed Arena event that will
impact seeding and culminate with a final LIVE in-person Championship
competition. The first title to be confirmed for 2012 is Blizzard
Entertainment's blockbuster real-time strategy game StarCraft(R) II:
Wings of Liberty(TM). Additional details regarding the Winter season,
qualifiers, and Pro Circuit console titles will be released in the
coming weeks.

Winter Season Details - StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

The season kicks off January 31-February 8 with three invitation-only,
MLG Winter Regional Online Qualifiers featuring top StarCraft II
players from around the globe. Regions and online competition dates are
as follows: January 31-February 2 (Europe); February 3-5 (Korea/Taiwan)
and February 6-8 (North America).

The top eight finishers from the MLG Pro Circuit 2011 National
Championships held in Providence last November will be invited to join
the top eight finishers from each of the MLG Winter Regional Online
Qualifiers for the first ever MLG Winter Arena in New York City,
February 24-26. The 32 players will receive an all-expenses paid trip
to New York City where they will compete for more than $26,000 in
prizes and Pool Play placement at the MLG Winter Championship. The MLG
Winter Arena will be viewable via LIVE streaming.

The season will conclude with the MLG Winter Championship, a
large-scale, spectator event in Columbus, Ohio, from March 23-25 at the
SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center. The top 16 players from
the MLG Winter Arena will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Columbus
for the Winter Championship. The MLG Winter Championship will be
viewable in-person and via LIVE streaming.

"Our 2012 MLG Pro Circuit season is poised to be our most robust to
date -- with even more competition online and in person, more
broadcasts and more of the world's best players," said Sundance
DiGiovanni. "We listened to our community and players to update our Pro
Circuit format and ensure that placement in tournaments was a direct
result of player performance. Our new Pro Circuit structure is designed
to further the world of e-sports and take competitive gaming to a new

2011 Pro Circuit -- The Largest Viewership to Date

The 2011 MLG Pro Circuit season was the 8th and most successful to date
reaching more than 3.5 million unique stream viewers during combined
Pro Circuit weekends. The 2011 Pro Circuit National Championships held
in Providence, Rhode Island, November 18-20, drew an all-time high of
241,000 peak concurrent online viewers and more than 3.6 million hours
of video were consumed over the weekend. Viewers from 175 countries
tuned in to the final tournament, the highest number of countries to
date. The top five countries watching included USA, Germany, Canada,
Sweden and United Kingdom. Over the 2011 season, more than 15 million
hours of video were consumed during Pro Circuit weekends.


Founded in 2002, Major League Gaming (MLG) (
is the dominant media property exclusively targeting tens of millions
of consumers worldwide who have a passion for playing video games as a
competitive social activity. The company gives aspiring gamers around
the world an opportunity to compete, improve their skills, and
socialize through a thriving competitive community with more than
750,000 matches each month online and LIVE in-person Pro Circuit
tournaments in cities nationwide. MLG broadcasts all Pro Circuit play
via LIVE streaming online to hundreds of thousands of fans from more
than 170 countries.


Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft(R) and the
Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), and Diablo(R) franchises, Blizzard
Entertainment, Inc. (, a division of Activision
Blizzard (Nasdaq:ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of
entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's
most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's track record
includes thirteen #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year
awards. The company's online-gaming service,, is one of
the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

For more information:

Katie Goldberg - VP Communications and PRMajor League GamingP:

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  [Image]       MLG Pro Circuit Logo               
  [Image]       MLG Pro Circuit 2011 Columbus