Major League Gaming Crowns 2011 National Champions

Winners Take Home More Than $600,000 at 2011 Major League Gaming Pro Circuit National Championships

Champions Include Lee Dong Nyung -FXOLeenock (StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty),  Team Instinct (Halo: Reach), Team Quantic Next Threat (Call of Duty: Black Ops) and Team SoloMid  (League of Legends)

 Full details after the jump.

 

Major League Gaming (MLG), the world’s largest competitive video game league, concluded a record-breaking 2011 season tonight at the Pro Circuit National Championships in Providence, Rhode Island. The best players from around the globe squared off in a three-day, double-elimination video game tournament  from November 18 – 20th competing for championship glory and more than $600,000 in prizes and stipends.  At the end of the intense competition, the following players and teams proved victorious:

StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ on PC – played on Alienware computers, The Official Gaming Desktop of MLG

Lee Dong Nyung (FXOLeenock), a 16 year old Code S player from Korea, emerged from a field of hundreds of top players from around the globe to capture the 1st Place spot and prize of $50,000 in the StarCraft II tournament. Naniwa from Sweden secured 2nd place and DongRaeGu from Korea secured 3rd place.

Call of Duty®: Black Ops on PlayStation 3 system

Team Quantic Next Threat including players Vengeance, Mutation, Virus and Censor took home the 1st Place prize of $50,000. 2nd place went to Team Eon Envy and 3rd place went to Optic Gaming.

Halo: Reach on Xbox 360

Taking home $100,000, the largest 1st Place prize of the weekend, was Team Instinct including players Roy, Lunchbox, Pistola and Ogre 2 (who secured a record 5th National Championship). 2nd place went to Team Warriors and 3rd place went to Believe the Hype.

League of Legends on PC – played on Alienware computers, The Official Gaming Desktop of MLG

Team SoloMid comprised of players ReginaId, TheOddOne, TheRainMan, Xpecial, and Chaox secured  the 1st Place prize of $15,000 and the title of League of Legends champions.

The Championship tournament closed out MLG’s 8th and most successful Pro Circuit season to date with the largest prize purse – more than $1million awarded over the year – the most epic crowds, and millions tuning in from around the globe to watch the competition LIVE on www.majorleaguegaming.com making it the most watched season in MLG history.

Additional information about the Providence Pro Circuit, 2011 Pro Circuit season and upcoming 2012 Pro Circuit Season will be released in the coming weeks and video is accessible at MLG.tv.

About Major League Gaming:

Founded in 2002, Major League Gaming (MLG) (www.majorleaguegaming.com) is the dominant media property exclusively targeting tens of millions of consumers worldwide who have a passion for playing video games as a competitive social activity. The company gives aspiring gamers around the world an opportunity to compete, improve their skills, and socialize through a thriving competitive community with more than 750,000 matches each month online and LIVE in-person Pro Circuit tournaments in cities nationwide. MLG broadcasts all Pro Circuit play via LIVE streaming online to hundreds of thousands of fans from more than 170 countries.  MLG also provides extensive online editorial and video contentto more than 8 million unique fans each month, including LIVE and on-demand original programming related to games, technology and more at MLG.tv and MLG Live.

 

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