GameSpot's complete coverage of MLG Anaheim

Check out 37 interviews from last weekend's record-setting gaming event.

The GameSpot eSports team was on-hand at last weekend's record-setting MLG Anaheim event, featuring Blizzard's StarCraft II, Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Riot Games' League of Legends.

Rod "Slasher" Breslau and Travis Gafford conducted 37 interviews with professional players, casters, developers, and community figures about their experience at the event.

This includes StarCraft II champion Choi "Polt" Seong Hoon, Call of Duty champions Complexity, League of Legends champions FXOpen eSports, and Counter Logic Gaming's run through the League Championship Series over Team SoloMid.

GameSpot also spoke to Infinite Crisis creative director Cardell Kerr about the game's aspiration for eSports in the future, and an unexpected wedding proposal (she said yes!).

Head over to the GameSpot eSports home page for all the interviews and recaps of the event.

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Ofthingsmanmade
Ofthingsmanmade

I think it's awesome that gaming is finally getting into the professional picture. People are finally able to make a living doing something they're really good at. I love watching the LoL matches. I wonder how long it will be before LoL teams begin selling "jerseys" lol

Jonathan Howard
Author of Of Things Man Made

Dasim64
Dasim64

I watched nearly all of the CoD tournament and it was really fun to watch. Obviously you have to like the game to some degree to get into these events. The tournament itself had some really excellent, hard fought matches. Looking forward to the next one.

dummpymonkey123
dummpymonkey123

They are technically considered athletes and the reason I say this is it uses a high amount of concentration and dexterity  to preform at that type of level same with Golfers and other sports like archery 

_yuriy_
_yuriy_

that WAS the best mlg. the finals for sc2 were amazing!!!

killman961
killman961

Wow. I consider COD a non-professional game compared to something like CS:GO. Also, the cod tourneys are on console. That means there is auto-aim assist so basically the game is helping you aim which is not professional at all.... I like MLG and I like to watch SC2 and LoL tourneys. I dont like the console tournaments.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Baseball is really taking off.

Wait, what do you mean this isn't about baseball?

MLG? Not, MLB? You mean virtual games for people to watch?

hahahahahahahahhahahhahsahahahahha

nate1222
nate1222

As much as I enjoy gaming, I wouldn't call it a sport.

It's reached a point to where they're trying too hard to sell gaming as a total lifestyle. Basically to...sell us shit. The over-commercialization has reached a pretty crass level. Gaming is an entertainment medium, not a culture.

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

@gatsbythepig Because watching sweaty, overpaid men run around a pitch is fun, right? (Oh, oh inb4 OMG WATCHING OVERWEIGHT DISGUSTING MEN CLICKING IS FUN RITE)

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

Yeah, making a living off somthing you enjoy deserves to be laughed at.

SciFiRPGfan
SciFiRPGfan

@nate1222Actually, the commercialization in competitive gaming isn't that bad. 

Absolutely wast majority of events (such as tournaments, e-sports themed podcasts and shows, streams from individual players) are available to the viewers on various streaming sites (such as twitch.tv) for FREE. Not to mention that some of the most popular competitive games (League of Legends, Dota 2, World of Tanks) are free to play as well.

XxTheEvilxX
XxTheEvilxX

@nate1222 It's not a sport. And well said. Seriously.. I love games, but sitting on your fat ass playing games competitively is not a sport. That is why athletes not gamers, get paid hundreds of millions of dollars.

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

@the_big_doggg MLG had 21,000 attending and nearly 200k watching on twitch (on the league channel) yeah no shits given. But then again, sitting on a sofa scoffing your face and watching overpaid subhumans kick/throw a ball about while getting drunk is fine.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

@Hayasmez @gatsbythepig I think watching baseball is a waste of time too.  Do it yourself, or enjoy your kids' having fun, but watching other grown-ups playing childrens' games is offensively stupid.

Fitcherman
Fitcherman

@XxTheEvilxX @nate1222 Out of ignorance you are stereotyping competitive gamers as fat.  If you paid any attention to the eSports scene, you would find that most of these gamers are normal/slim weight, because they game so much that they don't just sit around eating.  And if you knew anything about MLG's past, you would know that the top gamers have been given huge contracts that allow them to be rich playing a video game.  Don't insult just because you're envious.

Dasim64
Dasim64

@XxTheEvilxX No he's right and if you knew anything at all about the guy's playing at these events you would already know they are not at all like you described. Some are overweight, some are not, some work out, some are single, some have girlfriends. They are pretty much like anyone else their age except they make money playing a game they enjoy. That doesn't have to mean all they do is sit on their fat asses all day. You can be good at a game and still have a good life away from it. 

SciFiRPGfan
SciFiRPGfan

@XxTheEvilxXI don't think he is offended.

He just pointed out how unsubstantiated are your claims. If correcting someone who is obviously posting false information and asking them to stop doing so means "being offended" to you how would you call your own overreaction? 

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

@XxTheEvilxX Well, with that attitude i'm guessing you'll be stuck in a basement all your life acting like a manchild.