Sony Online Entertainment has just announced a new partnership with Major League Gaming (MLG) which will bring PlanetSide 2 to the competitive gaming audience. Currently both parties have agreed to a year-long partnership that will cover all of the services offered by MLGC, including online competition, entry to MLG events and original broadcasting.
"PlanetSide 2 players are extremely loyal to their chosen Empires and when it comes to battling, they are beyond competitive and truly enjoy the in-game rivalries, so it was the natural next step for us to bring PlanetSide 2 to the most competitive eSports organization," said John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment. "We're excited for this opportunity to work with MLG and are confident that their competitive gaming expertise can turn PlanetSide 2 into a premiere eSports platform, allowing us to extend the game experience and deliver new ways for players to interact with other players and the broader community, while helping to further diversify and grow our audience."
"From the first time I played PlanetSide 2, I knew that it made sense for the MLG community," said Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO and co-founder of Major League Gaming. "I am excited to introduce the game to our audience and to see how it evolves along with the growing and evolving eSports landscape."
In addition to the introduction to competitive gaming SOE and MLG have also announced that they will be collaborating to bring original programming on the air via the MLG networks on the official website and TwitchTV account.
Competitive gaming has exploded over recent years thanks to the introduction of hugely popular titles such as League of Legends, Starcraft II and now PlanetSide 2. Widely hailed as the greatest MMOFPS experience available to online players, PlanetSide 2 is shaping up to become one of SOE's leading titles.