MLG Columbus "not planning" to feature StarCraft II

"Folks who love SC2 have tons to watch," says MLG CEO on Twitter, confirming that Blizzard's StarCraft II is not currently planned to feature in upcoming eSports tournament.

eSports organiser Major League Gaming has announced it is not currently planning to feature Blizzard's StarCraft II at its upcoming MLG Columbus event.

The Columbus, Ohio event is scheduled to run from November 22 through November 24.

"Just so folks know--we are currently not planning to run SC2 at [Columbus]," said MLG CEO Sundance DiGiovanni on Twitter. "Should that change we'll let you know via official channels."

DiGiovanni told GameSpot, "no comment."

The most recent MLG event, which took place in June, featured tournaments in StarCraft II, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and League of Legends.

"Folks who love SC2 have tons to watch," added DiGiovanni. "[North American Star League] is still there + [Blizzard's World Championship Series] isn't going anywhere. Game just doesn't fit into our [Columbus] plans."

MLG announced in June that it would stop working with Blizzard to produce the North American qualifiers for this year's second StarCraft II World Championship Series. “After coordinating on WCS America Season 1 and careful consideration, we have decided to transition away from operation of WCS America and refocus efforts on producing our own eSports competitions,” said DiGiovanni in a statement at the time.

Blizzard's own finals for the 2013 StarCraft II World Championship Series will take place on November 8 and 9 during Blizzcon 2013 in Anaheim, California.

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35 comments
mazedicer
mazedicer

SC2 Should be made multiplayer at tournaments. Multiple players can control different units or tasks in the game just like DOTA, LOL, Planetside, and COD. 1v1 is cool for an egotistical ladder player.

T00MuchRazMataz
T00MuchRazMataz

Sad to hear. Hopefully it will come back eventually to other venues. I understand it's business though.

Might as well get rid of CoD too and just call the whole thing Major League MOBA...

Even MORE so once Blizzard DOTA releases. Then the whole line up can be LoL, Infinite Crisis, DOTA 2, and Blizz-DotA.

Sigh.

Anigmar
Anigmar

And with this my interest in MLG goes to zero. Leaving SC2 is dumb but given how poorly their last events went (stream laggin, shuttin down...) I'm ok. Axslav will be missed though.

jansdman
jansdman

Maybe SC2 and dota2 will do a collab tournament, sup!

yourdem1ze
yourdem1ze

So they show a game that requires basically no skill. Fuck league of legends and riot. 

TheLeftHandDoom
TheLeftHandDoom

Hey Gamespot,


are you aware that Tychus Findlay was a character from WOL, which is now obsolete since the release of LS?

Love, 

Nerds everywhere


Sardinar
Sardinar

I partly blame Blizzard, they've made many mistakes, and held many things in back in regards to Starcraft 2 E-Sports. LAN, forcing other companies to host WCS under blizzard's conditions, etc.

Jek0
Jek0

I was supper stoked to finally be able to go watch a live starcraft but MLG is being stupid and taking it out. Its hard for people from the midwest to be able to attend live events because they are usually not hosted in the midwest. sad day for all sc2 fans.

fool_man_dude
fool_man_dude

I know Starcraft isn't #1 at MLG, but it always pulls in solid viewership. I don't get this.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

anytime someone does this:>:>  DiGiovanni told GameSpot, "no comment."

I know something is up. We should get Jesse Ventura on this ASAP. I smell a conspiracy theory.

Accuracy158
Accuracy158

Wow really ditch starcraft and keep the FPS games?  LoL ...MLG isn't really one of my preferred tournaments anyway.   They also have a reputation for giving players a hard time and using crappy PCs that can hardly run StarCraft.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Folks who love SC2 have tons to watch," Just not SC2 :P. Yeah, that sounds great, because I love not being able to watch the game I love.

nurnberg
nurnberg

So they decide to get rid of their main attraction...  Dumb choice.

S0loMANgrundy
S0loMANgrundy

doesn't even matter anyway the pro scene is trash globally compared to korea

hector530
hector530

shows shiity COD but takes SC2


fuck you MLG

Catz_03
Catz_03

This just seems dumb.

neroist
neroist

Blizz booking the SC WCS finals the same time as The International 3 really hurt the SC teams and sponsors. All so that Blizz try to dampen Valve really has the sponsors not wanting to get involved with Blizz. As Blizz seems to not do what gets the sponsors the most exposure.

Krauklis
Krauklis

Isn't MLG about console games? Do they even have one actually competitive game? 

enoslives7
enoslives7

I wonder if Acti-Blizzard is asking for too much money to use Greedcraft, um...I mean Starcraft.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@yourdem1ze if you're a bad player then League of Legends requires no skill. I can guarantee you there's a huge different between players with skills and players without skills.

TheLeftHandDoom
TheLeftHandDoom

@nyran125tk my favorite conspiracy theory involves Barack Osama, two dozen boiled eggs, the corpse of a Beta Reticulon and $10,000 in M&Ms. 

TIGERPOKEMON
TIGERPOKEMON

@nurnberg What? At MLG the main attraction in the last year has been LoL, and I imagine now that DotA will be a big one too

Accuracy158
Accuracy158

@WICGuardian NASL is doing WSC round of 16 right now... love them ... oh and TerryTheIntern FTW.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@WICGuardianIf you compare it to LoL & Dota 2 numbers, sure... but unless MLG is going to be a single-game type of event... I don't see many better options for them out there for additional games at their events other than Starcraft.

TIGERPOKEMON
TIGERPOKEMON

@Krauklis They only big console game they still do is CoD, for the most part everything else has been LoL and SC2

WICGuardian
WICGuardian

I figured COD and Halo were there cash cow

WICGuardian
WICGuardian

k I just checked there site no Halo dErP, as long as they got LOL, 400k views automatically