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Major League Gaming announces StarCraft II and streaming plans

Posted by: Russell at 7/12/2012 9:56 AM
Major League Gaming has released some new info about the summer StarCraft II Arena and streaming options for the summer season.  StarCraft II will kick off the season from July 20th - 22nd where 32 of the world's best players will battle it out in New York City for a share of $26,400 in prize money.  On top of that, the top eight will get an all-expenses paid trip to Raleigh, NC. to compete in the Summer Championship.  The competition will be streamed live via three streams: the Main stream (free in standard definition), the Premium stream (HD and ad-free), and the Dr. Pepper stream (which I have no idea what that means).  Fans who upgrade to the Premium HD stream can also utilize DVR-playback throughout the event.

On top of that, the Summer League of Legends Arena from August 3rd - 5th will also feature three streams: the Main gameplay stream and two Dr. Pepper streams.  All three streams will be free in standard definition with the option to upgrade to HD to watch in 1080p.  The Summer Fighter Arena (featuring Mortal Kombat and Soul Calibur V) on August 10th will feature two streams: the Main stream and a Dr. Pepper stream.  Again, both streams in standard definition with the option to upgrade to HD.


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Summer Events to Feature Free Standard Definition Viewing and Ability to Upgrade for HD, DVR Functionality and Additional Streams

Major League Gaming (MLG), today released details for the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Summer Arena and online viewing options for the MLG Summer Season including free standard definition streams for all events and the ability to upgrade to watch gameplay in up to 1080p, view additional streams and utilize DVR functionality.

The Summer Season kicks off with the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Arena from July 20-22. 32 of the world’s best players will battle in New York City for a share of $26,400 in prize money, and the top eight will receive all-expenses paid trips to compete at the Summer Championship in Raleigh, NC, from August 24-26. Arena players include Alicia, SaSe, Stephano, Puma, Leenock, Oz, Ganzi, Alive, Violet and Grubby to name a few.  The complete list of players and additional information is available online. The three-day StarCraft II Arena will be commentated by some of the top casters in the world including Artosis, djWHEAT, Day9, Apollo and Mr. Bitter. MLG will be broadcasting the competition LIVE via three streams - the Main stream, Premium stream, and Dr Pepper stream.  For the first time, thanks to Full Sail University, MLG will be offering the Main StarCraft II Arena stream free in standard definition.  Fans can upgrade to HD to view ad-free gameplay streams in 1080p, watch the additional StarCraft II Arena Premium stream and utilize DVR-playback throughout the event.  HD passes are available now.

The Summer League of Legends Arena from August 3-5 will feature three streams - the Main gameplay stream and two Dr Pepper streams and all three streams will be free in standard definition. Those that purchase an HD upgrade can watch in 1080p and utilize DVR-playback to customize the viewing experience.

The Summer Fighter Arena featuring Mortal Kombat and Soul Calibur V on PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system on August 10 will include two streams - the Main gameplay stream and the Dr Pepper stream and both will be free in standard definition. An HD upgrade is available to watch in 720p and utilize DVR.

The season will conclude with the Summer Championship from August 24-26 in Raleigh, NC. As always, the basic broadcast for each game will be free in standard definition. Fans can purchase an HD pass to watch gameplay streams in up to 1080p, watch an additional StarCraft II Summer Championship stream, and have access to DVR to rewind, watch matches that may have been missed, or watch straight through from start to finish.

Gold Members receive a discount on StarCraft II and League of Legends Arena passes and already have Premium HD access to the Summer Championship. Passes are now available online.

Additional viewing options are available at select GameStop, Toys “R” Us and Best Buy stores.  Fans can purchase an by an MLG Gold membership at select GameStop and Toys "R" Us stores for a range of discounts or buy the Pro Pack for $9.99 to secure three months of GameBattles Premium membership, plus full HD access to any one Arena or Championship event.

More information about the MLG Summer Season is available at www.majorleaguegaming.com.