The Doritos MLG Pro-Gaming Combine Heads to Mile High City as Denver Plays Host to the Next Stop in the Series on July 23-25
NEW YORK, July 14 /PRNewswire/ — Aspiring professional video gamers from the Denver area and across the country will now have the opportunity to make their dreams a reality at the Doritos MLG Pro-Gaming Combine on July 23-25 at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Convention Center.
The 2010 Doritos MLG Pro-Gaming Combine is a four-city tour across the nation on a quest to uncover the next league of talented video gamers. Following two successful events in Nashville and Chicago, Denver marks the third stop on the tour. This will also be the first time MLG has hosted an event in Denver since the league began in 2003 and it plans to tap into the wealth of undiscovered gamer talent in Colorado and neighboring regions. Key MLG Pros are scheduled to attend the Denver event, including some of the biggest talent in the league:
- 24-year-old Tom “Ogre 2″ Ryan is one of the renowned Ogre Twins, two of the original stars of Major League Gaming. They blazed the trail for competitive gaming and were some of the first players in the league to be awarded major brand sponsorships. The twins have won more Halo National Championships than any other player, excluding former teammate Walshy.
- 22-year-old Kyle “ElamiteWarrior” Elam from Florence, Ky. is a member of Team Instinct, which recently won its second consecutive Pro Circuit competition of the 2010 season in Columbus, OH.
- 22-year-old Ben “Karma” Jackson from Murrieta, Calif. is a member of Team Illuminati. One of the original founders of Team Carbon in 2006, Karma was deemed the most successful MLG Pro, winning every FFA tournament during 2006 and helping Carbon become the 4v4 National Champions of Halo 2.
- 21-year-old Carlos “Cpt Anarchy” Morales from Oakland, Calif. is currently a member of Darkest Hour. Cpt Anarchy is a veteran player on the MLG Pro Circuit, and is ranked one of the top 10 pros in the Halo 2 FFA.
Predicted to be a highly competitive event based on the untapped talent pool from Colorado, the eight winners from the Denver Combine will advance to play at the next MLG Pro Circuit event in Raleigh, NC August 27-29.
Players can visit www.doritoscombine.com daily for information about where they can hone their skills online and get a first-hand taste of the level of competition they will see in person at the Doritos MLG Pro-Gaming Combine. More than 1,000 individual players and close to 200 teams of four competing in the 4X4 bracket have filled the playing field to date. Individuals competing in the Free-For-All (FFA) can sign up in-person on the first day of the event.
Spectators can attend free of charge to cheer on their friends and family members, or they can sign up to compete in one-off competitions against other spectators, and meet many of MLG’s Pros and personalities in person.
MLG Pros and personalities will be holding two “Q&A” sessions on Friday, July 23 beginning at 8:30 p.m., as well as four strategy seminars on Saturday, July 24 led by MLG Pros with topics including “Teamwork and Communication,” “Control” and “Tournament Play.” Full details about the event are available at www.doritoscombine.com, including specifics about the Combine format and other upcoming events.
Doritos MLG Pro-Gaming Combine
At each three-day Combine, more than 400 players will be selected and evaluated by MLG in key areas including: communication, accuracy, decision making and situational performance.
A total of eight Combine winners will be chosen, which will consist of the top four-person team and four individual players. Each winner will receive:
- $500 in prize money.
- Round Trip Airfare ($500 limit) to the upcoming Pro Circuit Competition and a three night stay in the Pro Circuit Competition Hotel booked by Major League Gaming. MLG will have the option of either booking the airfare for winner or providing winner with a $500 airfare stipend (or cash) at the upcoming Pro Circuit Competition.
- An invitation to compete for Pro Status in the Finals Event.
- Round Trip Airfare ($500 Limit) to the Pro Circuit National Championship Competition and a three night stay in the Pro Circuit National Championship Competition Hotel booked by Major League Gaming (provided that winner maintains his or her eligibility status for the Finals Event).
- Free Entry into the upcoming Halo 3 Pro Circuit Event and the opportunity to purchase a Reserved Team Pass for that Event.
- A profile page on the Doritos Pro-Gaming Combine website.
- The ability to play on a Feature Station, at the upcoming Pro Circuit Competition, dedicated to Matches featuring Combine Winners.
The series of nationwide Combine competitions will culminate with a Finals Event, where four players will receive MLG Pro status.
The Doritos MLG Pro-Gaming Combine is a first-of-its-kind initiative, bringing together thousands of amateurs with MLG Pros and League officials across America. The partnership provides aspiring gamers with a rigorous testing ground that showcases their skills and an opportunity to further gain exposure through MLG’s thriving community of players.
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