Major League Gaming, one of the biggest backers of eSports and competitive gaming in the world, has teamed up with broadcasting giant ESPN to bring gaming to the X Games, a competition better known for hosting such sports as motocross and skateboarding. As a part of this partnership, MLG will stream a tournament of Counter Strike: Global Offensive during the games on their website at MLG.tv, while highlights of the competition will air in between other coverage of the X games on ESPN, ABC, and on the X Games digital streams.
“2014 was a breakout year for eSports with the first ever MLG tournament at X Games Austin, millions watching competition on MLG.tv, and more than 71 million people competing in or watching eSports events around the globe,” said Sundance DiGiovanni, co-founder and CEO, MLG. “Our X Games debut was such a success we knew we had to continue the tradition. The MLG X Games Aspen Invitational will further elevate eSports placing our top competitors amongst the best winter athletes in the world and continues to solidify MLG.tv as the leading destination for premium eSports programming.”
During the tournament, which will run from January 23-25th, the top 8 CS: GO teams in the world, as determined by regional qualifier events held across North America and Europe, will go head to head with the ultimate winner of the competition’s gold medal being determined on the 25th. For more information on the event, you can visit mlg.tv, where you can also buy passes to the event and other MLG related goods, and xgames.com.
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