We recently heard that EA had set up its own eSports division internally to break into the pro gaming scene and get more involved with tournaments. Now, it looks like Activision is doing a similar thing, as the publisher has apparently bought Major League Gaming for $46 million. Activision has plenty of big tournament games under its belt, including StarCraft 2, Hearthstone and Call of Duty.
This deal essentially dissolves MLG as we know it, with MLG CEO Sundance DiGiovanni leaving his role and being replaced with the CFO, Greg Chisholm.
Right now, this information is based on unconfirmed reports. Neither MLG or Activision have officially confirmed this just yet though we can probably expect to hear something in the next couple of weeks. According to news outlet, eSports Observer, MLG made this deal without consulting its investors, which has left some of them pretty upset.
MLG has been around since 2002 and has been at the forefront of eSports over the years. Back in 2014, the company opened up an eSports arena in Ohio and planned to open another arena in China by 2017, though that plan may now be up in the air. Right now, we don't know what Activision intends to do with MLG's assets.
KitGuru Says: eSports has grown a lot over the last few years so it is not surprising to see more games publishers try to break into the scene.