Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm hands-on at MLG event

Pro gaming league adding League of Legends to tournament slate, giving attendees a chance to try Blizzard's next sci-fi strategy game at Spring Championship in June.

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Major League Gaming dropped a pair of announcements for its Pro Circuit Spring Championship today, announcing that the June event will give attendees a chance to play the next Starcraft II installment and see the MLG debut of competitive League of Legends play.

Fun fact: This is not the silhouette of NBA legend Jerry West.
Fun fact: This is not the silhouette of NBA legend Jerry West.

The Spring Championship will be held June 8-10 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Organizers have said that "a large number" of demo stations at the event will be running multiplayer betas of Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, the follow-up to Blizzard's 2010 sci-fi real-time strategy game Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. The event will also host a pair of Starcraft II tournaments with more than $100,000 in prize money at stake. One of the tournaments will be MLG's own competition, while the other will be Blizzard's own North America continental finals, with the winners going on to the Battle.net World Championships in Asia later this year.

As for League of Legends, MLG said it will feature the Riot Games multiplayer online battle arena title for the rest of its 2012 pro circuit, starting with the Spring Championship. The tournament should feature 20 teams competing for $40,000 in prizes.

For more on MLG, check out GameSpot's streaming coverage of this weekend's MLG Spring Arena.

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