Major League Gaming just opened the doors to…well, everyone.
One of the world’s largest professional gaming organizations, MLG just added a new chapter to its 11-year history. Instead of its former system of selling participation passes and rolling rank points, MLG now tracks players with Pro Points. And anyone who’s created an account on MLG’s website and plays in its events, tournaments, and online ladders will earn them.
As reported by GamesBeat, it’s an entirely new way for MLG to seed its tournaments, up to and including the upcoming Pro Circuit Championship in November. The top 2-percent of players are automatically promoted to MLG pro status.
It’s unclear as yet how Pro Points will be awarded, or how they might be delineated between games, solo and team play, or or if they’ll appear publicly on the participants’ MLG profile page. It certainly offers interesting opportunities for sabremetric-style statistics (a la Major League Baseball), though most serious MLG players already have enough basic stats on their profiles for enterprising mathematicians to calculate a few odds
More interesting is how this move opens up the field to wild cards to appear out of nowhere. Instead of issuing a limited number of passes for teams and soloists to compete, now everyone with an MLG profile is in the pool. Professional gamers still have an advantage, but it’s entirely possible an unknown who never had the opportunity before to step onto the international stage and make a name for themselves.
Major League Gaming has just essentially become the MLG Open.
Players can earn Pro Points in all the games MLG currently supports, including Gears of War: Judgment, NBA 2K13, FIFA Soccer 13, Dota 2, Madden NFL 25, and the most recent addition, Call of Duty: Black Ops II.