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Major League Gaming, often abbreviated as MLG, is a New York-based professional electronic sports organization which holds video game tournaments at various locations in the United States and Canada. In addition, the company operates the online broadcast network for professional competitive gaming


MLG was founded on September 30th, 2002 by Sundance DiGiovanni and Mike Sepso. In 2006, the MLG Halo 2 Pro Series became the first televised gaming league in the United States. In February 2009, MLG changed the format for the 2009 pro circuit to allow semi-pro teams to gain pro status in the leagues. In March 2010, fighting games were reintroduced to the pro circuit with Tekken 6 and the return of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The 2011 circuit featured competitions for the games Halo: Reach, Starcraft 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops and League of Legends. In 2012, Starcraft 2 became the league's main competition and seasonal events were introduced. That year, MLG partnered with the Korean eSports Association and CBSi to broadcast on In 2013, both Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Call of Duty: Ghost were added to the league.

PewDiePie Partnership

In September 2014, MLG announced that YouTuber PewDiePie would be airing his "BroKen" podcast exclusively on

Online Presence

On June 19th, 2005, Urban Dictionary[3] user Host3ntropy submitted an entry for "MLG." On December 13th, 2006, the "Major League Gaming" YouTube[4] channel was launched, garnering more than 36.8 million video views and 259,000 subscribers in the next eight years. On December 10th, 2007, a Facebook[1] page titled "Major League Gaming" was created, receiving over 700,000 likes in the first seven years. In August 2008, the @MLG[2] Twitter feed was launched, gathering upwards of 638,000 likes over the next six years.

420 MLG Montages

420 MLG Montages are a series of remix videos parodying the “video game montage” subgenre on YouTube, which is characterized by quick-paced edits and looped footage, as well as heavy use of loud dubstep music and squeaker sounds in the background. This style of editing initially rose to popularity through highlight reels of impressive gameplay released by e-sport teams in the MLG.

360 No Scope

360 No Scope is a trick shot used in first-person shooter games that involves spinning around 360-degrees and shooting an opponent without the aid of a telescopic sight, often associated with MLG Call of Duty players.

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[1] Facebook – Major League Gaming

[2] Twitter – @MLG

[3] Urban Dictionary – MLG

[4] YouTube – Major League Gaming

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