Following it’s acquisition of MLG, Activision have layed out their plans for MLG in the future. In a statement, Activision Blizzard claimed that the take over will allow Activison Blizzard to make it’s own efforts in the world of eSports.
At the end of 2015, Activision Blizzard started their own eSports division which is being led by former ESPN CEO Steve Bornstein and MLG co-founder Mike Sepso. Previous reports claimed that MLG founder Sundance DiGiovanni would be leaving the company, but we now know that DiGiovanni and the rest of MLG will in fact be staying.
Mike Sepso told GameSpot “The basic idea here is the MLG team has unparalleled experience and expertise in producing premium esports content, all the way from creating leagues and structures and operating events and producing the best content out there,” Sepso told GameSpot in a phone interview today. What we think is missing is a really premium channel, similar to ESPN, that services the esports community with the best content available,” he added.
“Our mission for over 12 years has been to promote and expand the growth of competitive gaming worldwide,” DiGiovanni said in a statement. “And today the industry is at a key inflection point as its popularity soars and rivals that of many traditional professional sports. This acquisition and Activision Blizzard’s commitment to competitive gaming will expand the opportunities for gamers to be recognized and celebrated for their competitive excellence.”
Fans of MLG though need not worry about major changes to MLG. It has come to light that MLG will still run MLG.tv as well as the MLG Pro Circuit and the online tournament system GameBattles. Activision Blizzard will not limit future competitions to only Activision Blizzard games, something that was a key concern of fans who heard news of the buyout.
Only time will tell how well this buyout works, but assuming there are no major changes to MLG I can’t personally see this buyout being an issue.