Activision Purchases Major League Gaming, Hoping To Bring ESports To TV
Over the weekend, rumors started spreading that Call of Duty and Skylanders publisher Activision had purchased Major League Gaming (or MLG for short), arguably the biggest eSports organization out there. Well, it’s no longer a rumor, as Activision has officially bought MLG for $46 million, and according to Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, there are big plans in store for MLG going forward.
“I have a simple vision for this”, Kotick says in a recent interview with the New York Times. “I want to build the ESPN of video games.” This isn’t the first major step toward broadcasting eSports; many big name business men such as Ted Turner have made it a point to broadcast eSports on his network TBS starting this year, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has gone on record defending eSports, calling them a “real sport”.
It’s still too early to tell what will ultimately come from this deal. But for now, it’s safe to assume that the eSports scene just got a whole lot bigger, and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.