NEW YORK—September 6, 2011— Major League Gaming (MLG), the world's largest professional video game league, today announced an all-time high 138,000 peak concurrent online stream viewers watched the Raleigh Pro Circuit competition held August 26-28, breaking previous MLG records. Viewers from 173 countries watched the LIVE streams and more than 3 million hours of video were consumed throughout the weekend. Working with Streamworks, the global, end-to-end streaming company that delivers a superior video experience across any network to any device, MLG was able to deliver uninterrupted 720p high definition, high-quality video streams of the competition despite Hurricane Irene. Streamworks will continue to work with MLG to deliver live and on-demand coverage of all 2011 and 2012 Pro Circuit competitions and rebroadcasts of all Raleigh Pro Circuit matches are available on MLG.tv.
“The 2011 Pro Circuit season is proving to be our most successful to date with record breaking online viewer numbers for the past three competitions held in Raleigh, Anaheim and Columbus,” said Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO, Major League Gaming. “Our goal this year was to expand our global footprint and we have succeeded by reaching millions of new fans around the world. Viewers can expect more high-quality streaming of our upcoming events in Orlando and Providence.”
Gamers and fans from around the globe battled the storm to attend the Raleigh competition, the fourth stop on the six-city 2011 MLG Pro Circuit which places the most talented video game players alongside their toughest opponents as they battle for more than $1 million in prizes throughout the year. The season continues in Orlando, FL, October 14-16 and culminates with the national championship in Providence, RI, November 18-20. Competitor and spectator passes for upcoming competitions are available online.
To receive discounts and added benefits, fans can take advantage of the MLG League Membership Program. Memberships are available at www.majorleaguegaming.com/membership . Gold MLG League members ($29.99-12 months) receive $10 off competitor passes and $5 off spectator passes at Pro Circuit competitions, early entry into the events, high definition ad-free live video streams for home viewing, discounts on MLG apparel and partner products and more. Silver MLG League members ($9.99-3 months) receive access to high definition, ad-free streams of Pro Circuit competitions, premium VoD, access to member only forums and more.
About Major League Gaming:
Founded in 2002, Major League Gaming (MLG) is the dominant media property exclusively targeting the approximately 40 million consumers in North America who have a passion for playing video games as a competitive social activity. The company exclusively represents the best professional gamers and gives millions of aspiring gamers around the world an opportunity to compete, improve their skills, and socialize through a thriving online competitive community and live Pro Circuit competitions. For more information: www.majorleaguegaming.com.
Streamworks is a global, end-to-end streaming company that delivers superior live and on-demand video experiences across any network to any device. Through its patented technology, Streamworks provides a managed service to brands, sports leagues and media agencies, saving its customers an average 30 percent bandwidth and substantially increasing picture quality. As a one-stop solution for vCommerce – from video acquisition, encoding and content distribution to embedded players, live ad serving and full data analytics – Streamworks applies a broadcast approach to streaming media, redefining the way in which consumers and brands interact, increasing overall video consumption and driving monetization of video content.