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eSports are what Blizzard Entertainment calls the various tournament events focused around their computer games. Since 2009, the championship events usually occur at BlizzCon, but in 2012 the Battle.net World Championship Event will take place instead.
Blizzard Entertainment eSports events
- Battle.net World Championship Event
- Warcraft III Tournament
- Warcraft Regional Finals
- World of Warcraft Arena Tournament
- Worldwide Invitational
Major League Gaming
Major League Gaming is the biggest non-company-affiliated eSports gaming league, but due to a problem with Cataclysm compatibility with their spectating client at launch, MLG could not include World of Warcraft in its tournament circuit after the end of the 2010 season. Since then, there has been basically no news from either Blizzard or MLG about World of Warcraft coming back to the MLG circuit. Since it has been over a year, it is likely Blizzard chose not to make spectating client compatibility a priority to support in-game.
North American Online Invitationals
Starting in 2011, ArenaJunkies, Curse Gaming, and Skill-Capped teamed up to present the NAO Invitationals to fill the gap left by MLG. The 2011 prize pool was only $1000, but was increased to $4000 in 2012.