Activision Blizzard acquired the North American eSports league, MLG in January this year. Now they have made an esports division in the company, so the Major League Gaming will be in charge of Overwatch and Call of Duty leagues.
Back in January, Activision Blizzard acquired the most visible North American eSports league, MLG. CEO Bobby Kotick said: “MLG will continue to operate MLG.tv, MLG Pro Circuit and GameBattles platforms, and will continue to work with its partners and other publishers across the industry.”
During the course of last year, Blizzard's Overwatch has grown in every way imaginable, and its ranked scene has followed suit. Even with an enviable ranked play scene, the game's esports side is missing a couple of features needed to really take off. Overwatch League, the "professional esports ecosystem that embraces passion and rewards excellence." is not coming together that well, so Blizzard decided to take action.
MLG could have walked right past Blizzard's shooter and go straight for Activision's Call of Duty to become the foundation for the company's esports division. But no, it became a division of Blizzard, with its focus on the Overwatch esports. Activision’s Call of Duty World League won't be forgotten, however, as the division will also be tasked with taking care of that as well.
Activision Blizzard stated in the press release that the new Blizzard division will “handle management, operation, sales, and distribution for Overwatch esports programs, including the Overwatch League and Overwatch World Cup”.
Here's a part of the press release:
“In addition to bringing together some of the most talented people from across the entire organization, this effort includes the full integration of Major League Gaming, acquired in 2015, into Blizzard and also leverages some of the best and brightest from traditional sports, esports, and entertainment,”
“The new division, which will retain the MLG name, will build on Blizzard’s nearly 20-year history as a leader in esports and leverage MLG’s extensive experience with live events and content distribution. It will also operate the MLG-branded media network, which will broadcast both Blizzard and Activision esports content as well as other premium gaming programming.”
Sounds good, can't wait to see what happens next.