This Week in eSports

This weekend marks what may be a game changer in the eSports industry. If Major League Gaming’s pay-per-view tournament is a success, it has the potential to permanently change the revenue method and business models for organizations worldwide. Also this week, the North American Star League is looking for new employees, allowing more people to find a job in eSports. Amateur competitors will also be excited to see the restructuring of Major League Gaming’s GameBattles website.

Major League Gaming Winter Arena this Weekend:

Major League Gaming’s pay-per-view Winter Arena begins today, featuring some of the biggest names in the Starcraft II scene.  The Winter Arena will be advertised all throughout New York City, with video streaming on some of the city’s giant outdoor screens. Regardless of the controversy surrounding the new pay-per-view method, this tournament will undoubtedly be one of the most heated competitions of the year with 32 players invited by MLG playing over the course of three days for a $26,000 prize pool. The games begin at 4:30 CST today and a $20 ticket will get you access to all of the footage through the weekend.

North American Star League Job Openings:

If you have ever considered working in eSports, look no further than the North American Star League (NASL). NASL is currently looking to fill a variety of positions including administrators, video switchers, video editors, camera operators, and eSports writers.  Individuals interested in a job with NASL are asked to email a cover letter and resume (and demo reel, if necessary) to Jobs@NASL.tv. Be sure to check out their job offerings page here: http://nasl.tv/p/jobs

GameBattles Returns:

In their effort to bring more attention to console-based eSports, Major League Gaming has restructured its GameGattles website as well as membership options. For those who are currently unaware of the GameBattles scene: the website functions as a hub for online tournaments. Players can register as free agents and be recruited into teams, or form their own. In order to join tournaments that feature a cash payout, players must buy in with GameBattles credits, available in denominations of 10, 25, 50, and 100. Tournament payouts can reach as high as $1,000, so competition can be fierce. GameBattles features tournaments for games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, League of Legends, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and  Halo: Reach.  You can check out all of the tournaments at http://gamebattles.majorleaguegaming.com/.

Jon Barajas

Jon Barajas is NextLevel's eSports expert. With a history of work with both Platform Nation and MMORPG.com, Jon is no stranger to giving his (usually controversial) opinion on various topics in gaming. Jon is currently playing Starcraft II and Minecraft with the NextLevel staff. Jon's personal website is jonbarajas.com and can always be contacted at jon@jonbarajas.com.

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