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Infinite Crisis dev Turbine partners with MLG for eSports push

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Infinite Crisis developer Turbine Inc. has signed with Major League Gaming to bring the upcoming multiplayer online battle arena title into the eSports limelight, the companies announced today.

Turbine and MLG will bring Infinite Crisis, which is currently in closed beta, to upcoming eSports tournaments and gaming events like E3 2013. MLG will eventually include the free-to-play title in its Pro Circuit. At E3, the eSports teams Curse Academy and Complexity will compete in a tournament that will be livestreamed from the Warner Bros. Games booth on the show floor. The tournament will begin June 12 at 3 p.m. ET.

"Partnering with MLG is an important step in introducing Infinite Crisis to the competitive gaming community," said Jeffrey Steefel, the game's executive producer, in a press release today. MLG co-founder and CEO Sundance DiGiovanni added, "Our new collaboration with Turbine is a great example of how we can work with top game developers to introduce their games to the robust MLG audience and grow the eSports community worldwide."

MLG has formed similar partnerships with studios like Treyarch for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for features such as an enhanced interface designed to convey vital information to livestream viewers on a real-time basis. Infinite Crisis is set for release on Windows PC later this year.