Pro esports business move: when your Call of Duty team wins the game’s biggest tournament, sell them immediately.

Does “the players and the organization felt it was time for a fresh start” mean anything other than Complexity couldn’t pay them enough? Evil Geniuses bought out a team contract for a record amount?

Feature Image - esports codIt’d be one thing to think that this was a lose-lose move for everyone involved, but it’s not. The players are definitely stepping up from nearly falling off the radar to winning the game’s most prestigious competition. It’s definitely a win-lose situation, though. Complexity has to start all over again finding a team that can compete on the COD franchise’s stage while generating a fraction of the hype that their championship-caliber team had.

I’m sure the real reasons behind the deal haven’t been disclosed, but I just can’t see how Complexity thought it was a benefit to let a good thing go. I suppose they just have to double down on their LCS-bound League of Legends team, instead.

MLG’s backup plan for StarCraft 2.

How weird is it that MLG is looking to get back into the SC2 scene? I guess it was going to happen at some point or another, but I would have thought the search wouldn’t have taken such a public angle.

Then again, with his heart-on-his-sleeve history of interacting with the game’s community, I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised at all.

MLG has a fond place in my esports heart because it was the first real event that I made an effort to attend. SC2 was important to it over the last couple of years and being the only real American event series that makes an effort to survive has a lot to do with it. It wasn’t as important as the Korean league or the Dreamhack series, but being all things to nearly all of the English speaking community raised it up to the level of the other international successes.

This afternoon, Sundance briefly clarified his original tweet:

Now the original call makes more sense. MLG certainly has the reach and the reputation that could make it an appealing venue for an up-and-coming SC2 league based in the North American region, or even one-off events that fail to realize being able to hold multiple events.

Here’s hoping that one of the two people that actually asked Sundance for contact information over Twitter (or anyone that has his info, really) can give MLG something to put on stage that it can be proud of.