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MLG's StarCraft 2 WCS America Qualifying Tournament begins this weekend

A series of broadcasts on Twitch.tv for Major League Gaming's StarCraft 2 World Championship Series America Qualifying Tournament will kick off this weekend and continue through next week, according to a press release from MLG.

The broadcasts begin Saturday, April 20, at 1 p.m. ET and will proceed with winners and losers rounds through 10:30 p.m. ET. Sunday's matches focus on the losers brackets, beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET and ending after the final round which begins at 6 p.m. ET. MLG will also broadcast four qualifying matches beginning at 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. You can watch all of this week's matches at MLG's WCS America page on Twitch.tv.

The 2013 World Championship series ranks players from WCS's American, European and Korean divisions through three seasons. These broadcasts represent this year's first season. Toward the end of the year, the top 16 players will advance to the global finals at Blizzcon. Earlier this week, StarCraft 2 developer Blizzard announced that the 2013 World Championship Series will feature a $1.6 million prize pool.