Major League Gaming has announced a few details for those of you excited to watch their Spring Season events. Thanks to the success of MLG's Winter Arena event, MLG is holding two Arena Events this Spring which will culminate at the Spring Championship in Anaheim, California on June 8-10, 2012. Not only will players compete in Blizzard's eSports juggernaut StarCraft 2, but MLG has also promised additional games will be showcased. Unfortunately they haven't announced what those games are yet.
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Here's a quick breakdown of how the Spring Season will work:
- Open Online Qualifiers – March 30-April 15 – Online Only, Not Broadcast
- Spring Arena 1 – April 20-22 – NYC – LIVE Broadcast
- Invite-Only Online Qualifiers – April 27-30 – Online Broadcast
- Spring Arena 2 – May 18-20 – NYC – LIVE Broadcast
- Spring Championship – June 8-10 – Anaheim, CA – LIVE Broadcast and in-person spectators
For more information about MLG's Spring Season check after the break.
The Open Online Qualifiers from March 30, 2012 through April 15, 2012 will be online only and not broadcasted for the public. In this qualifier, 128 players will compete in each region (NA/KR/EU). The top 8 players from each qualifier will then go on to compete in the invite-only online qualifier later in the season.
The first Spring Arena event, held April 20-22, 2012, will be broadcasted live from NYC. It will feature the top 8 players from MLG's Winter Championship and the top 4 finishers will get seeded into Arena 2, as well as chance at $10,900 in prizes. They'll also get entered in to pool play at the Spring Championship, giving them a much easier chance to take the tournament since they won't have to play through an entire open bracket.
On April 27-30, 2012, MLG will be broadcasting an invite-only online qualifier. The 9th - 80th place finishers from the Winter Championship, the top 8 from the open qualifiers, and the bottom 4 from the first Spring Arena event will be invited. Whichever players finish top 8 in this qualifier will get an all-expense paid trip to the second Spring Arena event later in May.
Spring Arena 2 will take place May 18-20, 2012 in New York City. The event will be streamed live and 32 players will compete for $26,400 in prize money. It breaks down to the top 4 player from Arena 1, the top 8 from each region in the invite-only qualifiers, and 4 more players who've yet to be announced.
All of these tournaments lead up to the Spring Championship, taking place June 8-10, 2012 in Anaheim, CA. This is the event that spectators can attend, but it will be broadcasted live as well. The championship events feel much like the MLG events of previous years, where fans can meet the players and visit sponsor booths. 12 players from Arena 2 and the top 4 players from Arena 1 will start in Pool Play and the bottom 16 from Arena 2 will start in the open bracket in round five. MLG hasn't said how much money the players will be competing for yet.
So how will you watch everything that MLG has to offer in its Spring Season? With a Season Pass, of course. "We listened to your feedback, and you now have a variety of viewing options," said MLG. Here's a nifty table they've provided so you can view all the info at a glance.
Basically, there will still be a free SD stream only during the qualifiers and Spring Championship. But if you want to watch MLG in style, you should consider the Spring Season Pass. It's $30 and gets you full HD access to every Spring Season event.
If you're already a MLG Gold Mmember you'll get a discount on full HD streams. It'll cost you $15 for full HD access to all of the streams, half of what it'll cost non-Gold members. If you are interested in picking up a MLG Gold Membership you can do so at GameStop and Toys "R" Us locations.
Let's say you just want to watch one event for whatever reason. MLG is also offering HD streaming a la carte for all the events. It will cost $10 for Arena 1, $20 for the invite-only qualifiers and Arena 2, and $20 for the Spring Championship.
Clearly the Spring Season Pass is the best option if you really want to get your eSports fix. You can buy one over at MLG's website.
As we learn more about the players and other games that will be in attendance during MLG's Spring Season we'll let you know.