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MLG's future involves working with developers 'hand-in-hand'

MLG's future

Major League Gaming's president and co-founder, Mike Sepso, has big plans for the future of the competitive gaming league, and it involves seeing the MLG as a place where games start.

Speaking to Digital Trends, Sepso said that the league already works extensively with developers of the titles it features in its tournaments like League of Legends, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and StarCraft 2. It helps those developers with built-in streaming and integration of other MLG features that are necessary for competitive games. Sepso told Digital Trends that the future of the MLG will feature more direct involvement with developers.

"That's the future of MLG ... closed beta games debuting at our events so that the top 20,000 people in the core competitive community get their hands on it, working with our league operations and MLG Play people, integrating directly with MLG Play through our API and our developer competition platform," Sepso said. "The future is: games start there, they integrate with us online, we work with the developers hand-in-hand to realy fine-tune the mechanics for competition, then we start building content around it."

Sepso continues to talk about the MLG's plans for growth and its goal to make Major League Gaming oen of the top five sports in North America in the full interview with Digital Trends. Polygon spoke to MLG co-founder Sundance DiGiovanni earlier this year about the growth of eSports in North America and Europe.