Sony Online Entertainment and Major League Gaming (the world’s largest eSports league) announced today a partnership to introduce Planetside 2 to MLG’s gaming audience. The year-long agreement will span all of MLG’s properties: original broadcast programming, online competitions, and the presence at MLG events.
Over the next few months, the Planetside 2 and MLG teams will work together to develop special competitive gameplay features and settings to show off Planetside 2. With the MLG and vast community involvement, SOE has commited to create a long-term eSports initiative inside of Planetside 2 what will feature a special experience.
SOE and MLG will work together to create original programming to air on the MLG Network and on MLG’s Twitch.tv. Planetside 2 players around the world will be able to compete through MLG’s GameBattles online competition site. Also, Planetside 2 gaming stations will be featured at MLG’s Pro Circuit event of 2013 (the Winter Championship in Dallas, Texas from March 15-17th).
“PlanetSide 2 players are extremely loyal to their chosen Empires and when it comes to battling, they are beyond competitive and truly enjoy the in-game rivalries, so it was the natural next step for us to bring PlanetSide 2 to the most competitive eSports organization. We’re excited for this opportunity to work with MLG and are confident that their competitive gaming expertise can turn PlanetSide 2 into a premiere eSports platform, allowing us to extend the game experience and deliver new ways for players to interact with other players and the broader community, while helping to further diversify and grow our audience.” – John Smedly, President of Sony Online Entertainment
“From the first time I played PlanetSide 2, I knew that it made sense for the MLG community. I am excited to introduce the game to our audience and to see how it evolves along with the growing and evolving eSports landscape.” – Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO and Co-founder of MLG