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Major League Gaming 2013 Pro Circuit to feature $50,000 in competition prizes

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This year's 10th annual Major League Gaming Pro Circuit will culminate with the Winter Championship from March 15 to March 17, offering players the opportunity to compete for $50,000 in prizes.

The 2013 Winter Championship pits players against each other in a competition that features eSports titles League of Legends, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on Xbox 360 and an additional game that has yet to be announced.

As of today, only details regarding the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 competition is available. Hopeful competitors can attempt to join the ranks and reach the Winter Championship throughout North America and Europe in the Black Ops 2 North American Online Tournament and the Black Ops 2 Europe Team Ladder on GameBattles. The latter is currently underway and continues until March 10th, while North American teams will compete from Feb. 12 to March 8. Competitor passes will be available starting Jan. 29.

During the Winter Championship in Dallas, Texas, 128 teams will compete in an Open Bracket. The top four teams will move on to the Championship Bracket where they will compete against 12 teams that qualified through the Online Tournament. These teams will compete for $50,000, with the winners taking home $20,000.

Most of the competitions during the Championship will be streamed online through MajorLeagueGaming.com and Twitch.tv.

"The global phenomenon of competitive gaming has reached a tipping point and I believe 2013 is going to be the most pivotal time for eSports," said Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO and co-founder, MLG. "The Winter Season includes games built for competitive play, an event format and production level unparalleled in the industry and a passionate global fan base that continues to grow. Combine that with our TV-esque online broadcast, and we have everything needed for MLG and eSports to dominate the entertainment industry and appeal to an even broader audience."