One of gaming’s biggest competitive leagues is dropping one of the marquee games in e-sports.
Major League Gaming revealed today that it has no plans to include StarCraft II at its fall championship event this November in Columbus, Ohio. MLG chief executive Sundance DiGiovanni broke the news on Twitter:
Developer Blizzard’s real-time-strategy game played a prominent role in nearly every MLG event since the title launched in 2010. Blizzard will continue to run its World Championship Series for StarCraft II, which features 30 events officially organized by the developer.
“Folks who love [StarCraft II] have tons to watch. North American Star League is still there, [and the] WCS isn’t going anywhere,” said DiGiovanni. “[The game] just doesn’t fit into our Columbus plans.”
We’ve reached out to the MLG and Blizzard to determine why this decision was made.
At the recent MLG Summer Championship in Dallas, the league featured competitions in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, League of Legends, and StarCraft II. MLG has not announced the lineup for its fall show.
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