Major League Gaming Announces MLG VEGAS, a Multi-Day Esports and Digital Culture Festival in Las Vegas on December 16-18 Featuring Call of Duty World League and Overwatch

Three-day event to feature the first competition of the Call of Duty
World League 2017* and an Overwatch Invitational, both with a prize pool
of $100,000

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Major League Gaming Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision
Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), presents MLG VEGAS, a festival and fan
experience taking place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas,
on December 16-18. The three-day event will play host to the first North
American Regional of the Call of Duty World League (CWL), as well as an
Overwatch® invitational, and End Game—a special lifestyle event
celebrating digital culture.

As the kick-off to the first event of CWL 2017, twelve North American
teams will begin in pool play. An additional 96 teams will also compete
in a double elimination open bracket for a spot on Championship Sunday
with $100,000 prize pool. Eight of the top twelve pool play teams will
be chosen based on placings of the top North American teams from the
Call of Duty Championship. The remaining four teams will be awarded
spots based on GameBattles tournament finishes. More information about
the CWL 2017 season will be coming in the next few weeks. All players
will be able to earn CWL Pro Points as part of the weekend’s competition.

The event will also play host to a $100,000 invitational tournament
featuring Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch. Eight top teams will do
battle in the blockbuster new team-based shooter over the course of the
weekend, pitting their diverse rosters of heroes armed with
extraordinary weapons and incredible abilities against each other in
pursuit of the crown. Fans around the world can watch the excitement via on the web and mobile devices, where the proprietary EVE
(Enhanced Viewing Experience) technology will allow them to dive deeper
into the stats, players, and teams during the broadcast for the first
time in Overwatch competition.

Standing at the intersection of esports, music, and digital culture, End
Game will bring together thousands of eager esports fans under one roof
for a huge celebration featuring interactive experiences, surprise
musical performances and unique opportunities for content creators
throughout the weekend.

“End Game is going to be the biggest celebration of esports culture in
MLG’s history,” said Sundance DiGiovanni, VP of Brands and Content for
Major League Gaming. “Video games are a dominant force in pop culture
and have as much mindshare with this audience as music, art, or movies.
When we looked at other festivals, we saw a huge hole in their
programming, and Vegas presented an opportunity for us to celebrate
these content creators, esports pros, and digital influencers. To put it
simply, if you’re neglecting esports at your events, you are missing out
on a huge passion point for a highly-engaged and creative audience.”

“The debut season of the CWL was a huge success thanks to our great fans
around the world. We’re excited to begin the new competitive year live
in Las Vegas,” said Rob Kostich, General Manager and Executive Vice
President of Call of Duty, Activision. “This is just the first step in
what’s going to be a great season. We look forward to seeing everyone in
Las Vegas.”

Tickets for MLG Vegas are available now at two price levels:

  • General Admission: $49.99 – General Admission seating for all three
    days and access to all End Game performances and activities
  • VIP Admission: $149.99 – VIP Admission seating for all three days and
    access to all End Game performances and activities, VIP hoodie, VIP
    seating, Early Access to Venue, and VIP Check-In
  • Team Pass: $299.99 – Compete in the Call of Duty World League North
    American Regional, presented by PlayStation 4

For fans who can’t attend MLG Vegas in person, the weekend will be
livestreamed in HD on
featuring our Enhanced Viewing Experience (EVE)

For more information about MLG Vegas, please visit
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*CWL 2017 will be played with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

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Major League Gaming
Bruce Dugan
Communications Director