YouTube Lands Deal to Live-Stream MLG Vegas eSports Tourney; Won’t Appear on Twitch
Major League Gaming, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, has partnered with YouTube for MLG Vegas to distribute live match broadcasts, news and analysis from the event on MLG’s YouTube channel in addition to MLG’s proprietary EVE player on MLG.tv.
MLG Vegas is a festival and fan experience taking place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, on December 16-18. The three-day event will play host to the first open event of the Call of Duty World League (CWL), as well as an Overwatch invitational, and End Game – a special lifestyle event celebrating digital culture. Friday will serve as the kickoff to the first CWL event of 2017, pitting 160 teams from around the globe in competition over 3 days for a share of the $100,000 prize pool. The event will also play host to a $100,000 invitational tournament featuring Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch. Eight of the world’s best teams will do battle, pitting their diverse rosters of heroes armed with extraordinary weapons and incredible abilities against each other in pursuit of the crown.
YouTube will deliver a premium viewing experience to compliment MLG.tv’s premium fan viewing experience enabled via MLG’s proprietary EVE player.
Not mentioned in MLG’s announcement was live streaming gaming behemoth Twitch. MLG Vegas will apparently not be available on the platform.