Sony Online Entertainment and Major League Gaming Partner to Bring
PlanetSide®2 to Competitive Gaming
SAN DIEGO and NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2013
SAN DIEGO and NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Online
Entertainment LLC (SOE), and Major League Gaming(MLG), the world's largest
eSports league, today announced a robust partnership to introduce PlanetSide®2
to MLG's burgeoning competitive gaming audience. The year-long collaboration
will span all of MLG's properties including original broadcast programming,
online competition and presence at MLG events.
Over the next few months, the PlanetSide 2 and MLG teams will work closely to
develop ideal competitive gameplay features and settings to showcase the
massively multiplayer online first-person shooter (MMOFPS). With MLG's consult
and significant community involvement, SOE has committed to creating a
long-term eSports initiative within PlanetSide 2 that will highlight an
exceptional massively multiplayer competitive gaming experience.
Additionally, SOE and MLG will collaborate to create original programming to
air on the MLG network at www.majorleaguegaming.comand
www.Twitch.tv/Team/MLG.Detailsand a complete broadcast schedule will be
released in the coming weeks. PlanetSide 2 players around the globe will soon
after be able to compete via MLG's GameBattles online competition site.
Additionally, PlanetSide 2gaming stations will be featured at MLG's first Pro
Circuit event of 2013 – the Winter Championship in Dallas, Texas, from March
"PlanetSide 2 players are extremely loyal to their chosen Empires and when it
comes to battling, they are beyond competitive and truly enjoy the in-game
rivalries, so it was the natural next step for us to bring PlanetSide 2 to the
most competitive eSports organization," said John Smedley, President, Sony
Online Entertainment. "We're excited for this opportunity to work with MLG and
are confident that their competitive gaming expertise can turn PlanetSide
2into a premiere eSports platform, allowing us to extend the game experience
and deliver new ways for players to interact with other players and the
broader community, while helping to further diversify and grow our audience."
"From the first time I played PlanetSide 2, I knew that it made sense for the
MLG community," said Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO and co-founder of Major League
Gaming."I am excited to introduce the game to our audience and to see how it
evolves along with the growing and evolving eSports landscape."
Through the partnership, MLG and PlanetSide 2 fans will have greater access to
the game through the community-driven programming, GameBattles and Pro Circuit
event presence. Launched in November 2012, PlanetSide 2 is a free-to-play
title that has set the new standard for first-person shooters. PlanetSide 2
offers an unparalleled gaming experience where players battle in massive
environments alongside and against thousands of others engaging in intense air
and ground combat that spans the alien planet of Auraxis. Players join one of
three Empires – Terran Republic, New Conglomerate or Vanu Sovereignty – to
fight in an epic war for ultimate control and territory domination. To play
PlanetSide 2 now, visit: http://www.PlanetSide2.com.
ABOUT SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT:
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in
massively multiplayer online games. Best known for its blockbuster hits and
franchises, including EverQuest^®, EverQuest^®II, Champions of Norrath^®,
PlanetSide^®, Free Realms^®,Star Wars®: Clone Wars Adventures™, DC
Universe™Online, and the recently launched PlanetSide^®2, SOE creates,
develops and provides compelling online entertainment for a variety of
platforms. SOE is building on its proven legacy and pioneering the future of
online worlds through creative development and inspired gameplay design for
audiences of all ages.To learn more, visit www.soe.com.
SOE, the SOE logo,EverQuest, Champions of Norrath,PlanetSide, andFree
Realmsare registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other
trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.
ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE GAMING:
Major League Gaming (MLG) (www.majorleaguegaming.com)is the world's largest
eSports organization with millions of LIVE viewers, fans and competitors
around the globe. MLG enables gamers to compete, improve their skills, and
socialize via the largest online destination for competitive console and PC
gaming featuring more than 8 million registered gamers, and the annual MLG Pro
Circuit featuring LIVE, in-person tournaments in cities nationwide. MLG
broadcasts competitive play, analysis and more via online streaming to
hundreds of thousands of fans in an average of more than 170 countries.
SOURCE Sony Online Entertainment LLC; Major League Gaming
Contact: Taina Rodriguez, Sony Online Entertainment, Sr. Public Relations
Manager, +1-858-577-3033, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Katie Goldberg, Major
League Gaming, SVP Communications, +21917-338-2391, email@example.com
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