Although for many sports fans this weekend was filled with the best of the NFL and NBA around the country, eSports fans were likely focusing on Columbus, Ohio, the site of the Major League Gaming Championships. After a full weekend of play, two winners emerged: compLexity Gaming walked away with $20,000 for winning the Call of Duty: Ghosts tournament, while Speed Gaming won the $68,381 purse for Dota 2.
This tournament marks the first time Call of Duty: Ghosts has been used by the MLG for tournament play, but it was still the third consecutive Call of Duty win at an MLG event for compLexity. To walk away with the prize, compLexity defeated the underdog, 21st seeded JusTus Pro, while sixth seeded Team KaLiBeR defeated second seed 8-12 Unite. CompLexity then narrowly beat Team KaLiBeR in the final 4-3.
The Dota 2 tournament began with a purse of $50,000, but fans had the options to purchase the “MLG Dota 2 bundle” and in doing so increased the pot. The $10 bundle featured in-game rewards for players, and $2.50 of each purchase went directly to the total prize money, raising it from $50,000 to $136,000. In what was considered by most to be an upset, third seeded Speed Gaming defeated top seed Team DK to take home $68, 381.
Call of Duty: Ghosts – $50,000 in Prizes
- 1st = $20,000: compLexity Gaming
- 2nd = $12,000: Team KaLiBeR
- 3rd = $6,000: 8-12 Unite
- 3rd = $6,000: Justus
- 5th = $2,000: Kelevra Fuse
- 5th = $2,000: EnVy
- 7th = $1,000: Strictly Business
- 7th = $1,000: Vanquish
Dota 2 – More Than $136,000 in Prizes
- 1st (50%) = $68,381: Speed Gaming
- 2nd (20%) = $27,352: Team DK
- 3rd (10%) =$13,676: Na’Vi
- 3rd (10%) = $13,676: Sigma Int.
- 5th (2%): = $2,735: Fnatic
- 6th (2%) = $2,735: Alliance
- 7th (2%) = $2,735: Team Liquid
- 8th (2%) = $2,735: Evil Geniuses
- 9th (2%) = $2,735: Pretty Boy Swag