The lights are on
Thousands are set to descend on Raleigh, North Carolina for the biggest North American eSports event of the summer. The Championship will feature a total prize pool of nearly $215,000.
MLG expects thousands to flock to their summer championship at the Greater Raleigh Convention Center and millions more to watch the online streams. From the amount of content they are putting out for the Summer Championship, I wouldn't be surprised if they shattered their previous attendance/viewership records. The main events will be the StarCraft II, Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur V, and League of Legends tournaments.
StarCraft II fans can expect to see previous champions Taeja, Marine King, and Violet going up against hundreds of prospective summer champions for the $25,000 first place prize. There will be four streams for StarCraft II matches cast by Day, Apollo, djWheat, TotalBiscuit, Mr Bitter, Rotterdam, Rob Simpson, Tim Frazier (Robin), Axeltoss, Kibbelz, Clutch, and Adebisi (observer).
Mortal Kombat and Soul Calibur V each have a first place prize of $16,700 and will feature the likes of DetroitBalln, CDjr, Keev_, Kayane, LostProvidence, Pig of the Hut, among others. Each fighting game will have one dedicated stream cast by Tom Brady for Mortal Kombat, Bibulus for Soul Calibur V, and hosted by Juicebox Abel.
League of Legends will have the largest prize money with $40,000 given to the winning team. Twelve teams will be competing for honor and riches including Curse and Dignitas. Two streams of the competition will be cast by Dan Dinh, Optimus Tom, Deman, Monte Cristo, Jaws, and Jatt.
In addition to all of that eSports goodness, there will also be several other awesome events occurring. Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft II World Championship Series North American Finals will have a separate stage and competition area. Players will be competing for $60,000 and the chance to represent their countries at the Battle.net World Championship in Shanghai November 17-18. Some of the players to watch will be Scarlett, ViBE, and MajOr, winners of the Canada, US, and Mexico Finals, respectively.
There will be two exhibition tournaments of Virtua Fighter 5 and Skullgirls each with $2,000 prize pools. The exhibitions will be held Friday through Saturday.
For more information on attending or viewing the MLG Summer Championship, click here.
Also, MLG has been kind enough to provide me with a few HD codes that can be used to view the event in HD without ads and with full access to all streams. Tweet at me, @Riverboatjack, with #MLGRaleigh for a chance to win one of the codes!
Tune in August 24-26 to watch the action go down in Raleigh.