Sony Online Entertainment is diving head first into eSports by partnering with Major League Gaming. They have plans to bring PlanetSide 2 into GameBattles, MLG's upcoming Pro Circuit in March, and more to make its presence known. The event being held later today, the Ultimate Empire Showdown is one way to show that it can succeed in eSports, but this still should be interested in how it'll play out.
PlanetSide 2 is all about its massive battles with up to 2,000 people at times on a continent. We're talking pretty big teams, from 100 to maybe even 500. These are teams that get together and practice for hours, these are huge clans that have some sort of system maybe. Getting that many people at an MLG event or even just having everyone ready for a online tournament sounds tough. Who knows though, anything is possible!
"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."