Back before eSports was really a thing, Major League Gaming (MLG) was trying to make it a thing. Unfortunately, a series of poor marketing decision, making enemies with game communities and publishers, and trying to compete with the likes of Twitch have made the company into a fraction of what its head start in the market gave it the potential to be. Activision handing control of the Call of Duty World League, which was MLG’s bread and butter, to the Electronic Sports League was basically the same as signing the company’s death certificate. Oddly enough, Activision is also the one that’s scooping up the remains of MLG, as eSports Observer is reporting that the company has acquired “substantially all” of MLG’s assets.
Things could be shaking up in the world of eSports if recent rumors prove to be true. According to a report on New Year’s Day, Activision Blizzard may be finalizing the purchase of Major League Gaming. According to eSports Observer, Activision Blizzard is looking to purchase Major League Gaming (MLG) for $46 million. Since neither MLG nor Activision Blizzard have released official word on the matter, we’re chalking this one up as a rumor for the time being. It’s certainly a convincing rumor, though, as eSports Observer supplies bits and pieces of the agreement in the original report, as well as one quote from an individual who wished to remain anonymous. But, again, nothing has been stated by either of the parties potentially involved.This also seems like a pretty plausible rumor due to recent history. MLG has had some debt issues in the past and, earlier this year, Activision Blizzard partnered with another eSports organization, ESL, for the Call of Duty World League. Until then, MLG handled big tournaments for the Call of Duty games, as well as StarCraft and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. If the sale is legitimate, that would leave the question of what is to happen to remaining events scheduled by the MLG, including the upcoming Counter-Strike tournament.
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