It's all go on the pro gaming scene this
week, with two announcements from different leagues revealing what's in store for professional gamers
Firstly, the company behind the MLG console league, Major League Gaming, Inc., announced it
had secured first-round venture capital
to the tune of $10 million--the console side of pro gaming sees fewer competitors than PC gaming, and this
funding will help MLG's goal of becoming a serious sports circuit.
Over at the Cyberathlete Professional
League (CPL), however, a partnership is on the cards
This year's CPL World Tour has been cancelled; instead, MLG are teaming up with Games Media Properties to offer a World
Series of Video Games. The prize money for the CPL Summer tournament has been halved as a result, and CPL's Angel Munoz
hints at a stronger console focus than we've previously seen.
The common thread behind both of these
announcements is a shift towards more credibility, more television focus and more console gaming--pro gaming is
maturing into a sport in its own right.