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MLG franchising reaches brasil

Today MLG revealed its partnership with brazillian company Grupo Águia. This is the latest in a series of partnerships by MLG with companies based globally. The latest being the canadian UGC and British based Gfinity.

Quote from MLG's announcement page
NEW YORK, February 13, 2014 – Major League Gaming (MLG), the global leader in eSports, today announced a partnership with Grupo Águia, Brazil’s largest and most established sports entertainment and hospitality company, to launch MLG’s first international franchise – MLG Brasil. After 11 years of continued growth in North America and successful partnerships with international leagues in Europe and Asia, MLG is expanding to the largest market in Latin America to debut its first franchise. Leveraging decades of expertise working with global sports and tourism initiatives like the World Cup, Grupo Águia will further MLG’s global presence by building an extensive competitive gaming platform in South America. The collaboration kicks off with support for the Call of Duty Championship Brazilian Online Qualifiers on February 16 and 23. MLG Brasil will coordinate with MLG in the US to facilitate the online qualifiers as teams aim to advance to the Call of Duty Championship in Los Angeles from March 28-30. The Call of Duty Championship will feature the top 32 teams from around the globe and will be broadcast exclusively on www.MLG.tv. In the coming months, MLG Brasil will roll out in person competitions and online tournaments leveraging the MLG rules and ranking system, broadcasts via MLG.TV and more.
— Paulo Castello Branco Filho, MLG Brasil CEO


CoD Ghosts eSports season 1

Second piece of news is the announcement of a Ghosts season featuring the top 10 teams in a 180 match league rounding off at PAX east with the Top Six facing off in the turtlebeach booth for a top prize of $7000. Each team will play 36 matches over the six weeks of play, playing up to 12 per weekend day

Teams attending are:

  • Complexity Gaming
  • Team KaLiBeR
  • Curse LV/Curse NY and Curse Youth
  • Team EnVyUS
  • OpTic Gaming
  • FaZe Competitive
  • Strictly Business
  • JusTus Pro


The "OpTic blacklist"

It was leaked late tuesday that Top 8 MLG teams were to blacklist OpTic gaming by refusing to scrim them between tournaments. The blacklist was created into what was reasoned as "To grow the each team's fanbases through twitter shoutouts and scrims against them." due to OpTic's large fanbase.

Update

Activision has released all rules and regulations for the upcoming Call of Duty Championsip finals. Find them here

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