eSports are what Blizzard Entertainment calls the various tournament events focused around their computer games. Since 2009, the championship events usually occur at BlizzCon, but in 2012 the World Championship Event will take place instead.[1]

Blizzard Entertainment eSports events

Electronic Sports League

ESL (Electronic Sports League) became involved with the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship in 2015 by hosting the World of Warcraft Arena European Qualifiers and Championship. They will continue to host European tournaments in 2016.[2]

Major League Gaming

Major League Gaming was the biggest non-company-affiliated eSports gaming league, but due to a problem with Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm compatibility with their spectating client at launch, MLG could not include World of Warcraft in its tournament circuit after the end of the 2010 season.[3]

Unfortunately due to mounting debts, MLG has basically been dissolved by Activision-Blizzard in a buyout at the end of 2015.[4]

So far Blizzard appears to have a low priority for spectating client compatibility support in-game.

North American Online Invitationals

Starting in 2011, ArenaJunkies, Curse Gaming, and Skill-Capped teamed up to present the NAO Invitationals to fill the gap left by MLG. The 2011 prize pool was only $1000, but was increased to $4000 in 2012.


See also

External links

BlizzCon WoW eSports
Earnings info
ESL World of Warcraft Arena Europe
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