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$46 million deal for esports: MLG taken over by Activision Blizzard

The name behind the release of major games such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and StarCraft, is taking the world of Esports by the storm -Activision Blizzard Inc. has recently sealed the deal in obtaining Major League Gaming (MLG) as one of is assets. To be accurate: a total of $46 million was spent for the purchase.

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It is no surprise to many people that the competitive scene of Esports is ever growing in numbers. Throughout Esports history, the largest recorded prize pool was during The International 2015 -Dota II, where players are pitted against one another for a total of roughly $18 million. With this recent expansion of Activision Blizzard, esports fans can anticipate larger events and an increase of viewers for tournaments in 2016 and beyond. 

According to sources, MLG has been said to attract 2 million viewers each month on electronic devices just from live streaming events and matches. Mike Sepso, who was the co-founder of MLG recently joined Activision Blizzard and has future plans to boost the exposure of Esports to possibly a larger crowd. Fans may be asking what is the company's main goal for the future; to build the next ESPN of esports! 

  “If you’re trying to build the ESPN of e-sports, you have to have the best ability to produce content and the best ability to broadcast content,”  
                                                                                                                          - Mike Sepso

The International DOTA 2 Championships @ Key Arena, Seattle, WA

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