From MLG to CEO: how to catch all the best eSports action this weekend
This is one of the best weekends in a while for watching eSports. Not only are we going to be treated to the latest seasonal Major League Gaming championship, but the fighting game circuit is also hosting CEO 2013 in Florida. Here's what you can expect from both events, and how you can follow along.
The MLG Spring Championship will be hosting three different game tournaments at this event with League of Legends, StarCraft 2, and Black Ops 2.
There are actually two events happening for LoL this weekend as the final four teams from an online qualifier event will be competing for a $20,000 top prize which comes with a highly coveted spot in the League Championship Series Season 4 Spring Promotion Tournament. The event will also feature official LCS teams duking it out in three matches each.
In StarCraft 2, the event will be a little bit different than usual, and it could result in a much more volatile and surprising tournament. Previous MLGs have often been divided between an open bracket and a group stage with top-tier players being seeded into the later rounds of the tournament. This year, all 128 competitors will compete in a single, massive double-elimination bracket vying for a $10,000 top prize. It's also a World Championship Series Tier-1 tournament so the top players will be awarded points toward gaining entry into Blizzard's end-of-year mega tournament.
In Call of Duty, 128 teams will fight it out in a huge open bracket with the top 12 teams moving on to fight the top 8 teams from the previous MLG championship and four teams from the online qualifier with a $20,000 top prize on the line.
In the world of fighting games, the last Road to EVO 2013 event will be taking place this weekend in Orlando, Florida. CEO 2013 is a major tournament running all weekend and is organized by Alex Jebailey, who you might better know as the parody character Jefailey in Divekick.
CEO is a unique tournament, as main stage matches take place in a giant replica wrestling ring, and there's even an “Elimination Chamber” modeled after the steel cage match in professional wrestling that will be used in a 3v3 Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 tournament.
CEO will feature tournaments in Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken: v 2013, Injustice: Gods Among Us, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Persona 4: Arena, Divekick, Soul Calibur V, and Skullgirls.
CEO will also be attracting a number of top-talent fighters including Chris G, Justin Wong, Filipino Champ, Mike Ross, Ryan Hart, Mago, and Xian. There will also be a series of high profile exhibition matches dubbed, Fightermania.
And if steel cages and wrestling rings haven't convinced you to tune into this then maybe Street Fighter 4 producer Yoshinori Ono and Blanka will do the trick…