Dallas, Texas, will once again be host to Major League Gaming‘s Winter Championship. This weekend from March 15 to March 17 at the Dallas Convention Center, almost 1,000 competitors will vie for $170,000 in prizes. The headlining bits will be a Call of Duty: Black Ops II 200-team, open bracket tournament where the winner will get a chance to compete in the championship tournament for $50,000 ($20,000 of which goes to first place). The top eight teams will also win a trip to the $1 million Call of Duty Championship on April 5 in California.
League of Legends will have a sizable presence as well. One tournament will take place between four teams that qualified online for $30,000. Another tournament will feature teams KT Rolster B, Gambit Gaming, Dignitas and Curse for $15,000. The last tournament will showcase all eight teams from the North American LCS playing three matches each over the course of the weekend.
And perhaps most interesting is the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm 32-player exhibition tournament for $75,000. Some big names include Stephano, Mvp, MKP, MC, Taeja as well as Life, Leenock, Flash, Bomber. Heart of the Swarm unlocked just yesterday to a rather warm, albeit nascent critical reaction. The beta has been going for quite some time, but this will basically be a tectonic shift in standings, expectations, and understanding of how the professional StarCraft II circuit will go from here on out.
If you’re in North Texas or feel like traveling, tickets are on sale now ($35 in advance, $50 at the door, and $250 for VIP access). You’ll get to watch all the matches, explore the various booths and showcases, and maybe bump into a pro gamer or two. Also, I’ll be there, so you can tell me how much you hate my writing in person!
Of course, if none of that warrants a physical actuation on your behalf, you can always just watch it online. Streaming will start at http://www.majorleaguegaming.com/live this Friday at 5:00 p.m. CST. You can dole out money there, too, for a 1080p stream upgrade (the free version is 720p).
Friday goes from 2:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Saturday goes from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Sunday goes from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., so gird your loins, boys and girls, because this weekend is going to be full of yelling, gaming, and more yelling.