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MLG drops StarCraft 2 from upcoming MLG Columbus tournament

MLG drops StarCraft 2 from upcoming MLG Columbus tournament

Major League Gaming, a company that runs a popular series of seasonal eSports tournaments, announced today that they will not be including StarCraft 2 in its line-up of games at the next MLG event in Columbus, Ohio.

“Just so folks know - we are currently not planning to run SC2 at Cbus,” wrote MLG CEO Sundance DiGiovanni on Twitter this morning. “Should that change we'll let you know via official channels.”

We reached out to MLG to clarify the situation, but they declined to offer any additional comment or information.

The decision may not be come as a surprise to many in the StarCraft 2 community. At the latest MLG tournament in Anaheim, the StarCraft 2 tournament featured a vastly smaller prize pool than previous tournaments, from a $75,000 prize pool at the tournament in March to $25,000 for the next event in June. The StarCraft 2 tournament attracted fewer top-level players as a result.

The move seemed to signify that StarCraft 2 was taking a diminished role in MLG's line-up of games that are featured at its events, with more focus being placed on mega-hit eSports title, League of Legends, and the booming popularity of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

The move from MLG to stop carrying StarCraft 2 entirely comes a month and a half after Blizzard and MLG stopped working together to produce Blizzard's ongoing StarCraft 2 World Championship Series. At the time, a source familiar with the situation said that the format of the WCS was too big of a resource drain for a company like MLG to continue regular production.

We will update the story if any additional information becomes available, or if MLG offers additional insight into the decision.