eSports organisation Major League Gaming has announced that it will no longer host Blizzard’s World StarCraft Championship.
Major League Gaming (MLG) operates the American division of the World StarCraft Championship (WSC), but is moving on to focus on its own tournaments.
“We have decided to transition away from operation of WCS America and refocus efforts on producing our own eSports competitions,” the company said.
“It was a pleasure working with Blizzard on the inaugural season, however given the structure of the relationship and the impact on the organization, players and community, we feel that it will better serve the eSports ecosystem to run tournaments independently.”
MLG will produce the current WCS America competition through the end of Challenger League and Up/Down matches, which conclude on June 22.
It will then run its own StarCraft II event – the Spring Championship in Anaheim – from June 28-30.
“We thank the community for participating in and watching Season 1, look forward to showcasing StarCraft II at the MLG Spring Championship, and wish the players participating in WCS Season 2 the best of luck,” it said.
Former professional StarCraft shoutcaster John Bain (TotalBiscuit) said the split was great for MLG.
“WCS is a massive resource drain on any organization that hosts it,” said Bain.
“Blizzard do not in fact give you all the money you could ever need to run the event and MLG was put in a ridiculously difficult position to recoup costs because they had to host at an EU-unfriendly time. So you lock out your biggest audience by default and are then expected to recoup via sponsorship and ad revenue? What?”
“The amount of money MLG had to spend with no possibility of return to run WCS was outrageous.”
The tournament had been an albatross around the neck of MLG and caused disruptions within the Pro Circuit, said Bain.
“NASL is in a better position to produce the kind of format that WCS demands,” he said.
“They have more experience, two casting teams, the production crew and the facilities to do that daily content.”