It has been announced that Major League Gaming will be
running the Overwatch League after months of
MLG was bought by Activision Blizzard in late 2015 and
subsequently took over all tournament operations for the CoD
World League, including running major open events.
That expertise is now being utilised for the upcoming Overwatch
League, a franchise-based concept that will see a permanent set
of teams compete in regional and international competition via
major cities worldwide.
Alongside the OWL, MLG will also be running the Overwatch
Worldcup, alongside maintaining their duties for Call of Duty
and other games such as Gears of War.
The transition will be done by fully integrating MLG into
Blizzard, but they will maintain their unique branding, with
plans to turn it into the “ESPN” of esports.
The announcement was made via the Blizzard website, including a
link for an application if you’re looking for a new role.
“Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. has formed a dedicated division
within the company that will handle management, operation,
sales, and distribution for Overwatch® esports
programs, including the Overwatch League™ and
Overwatch World Cup. In addition to bringing together some of
the most talented people from across the entire organization,
this effort includes the full integration of Major League
Gaming, acquired in 2015, into Blizzard and also leverages
some of the best and brightest from traditional sports,
esports, and entertainment.
The new division, which will retain the MLG name, will build
on Blizzard’s nearly 20-year history as a leader in esports
and leverage MLG’s extensive experience with live events and
content distribution. It will also operate the MLG-branded
media network, which will broadcast both Blizzard and
Activision esports content as well as other premium gaming
In addition, the associated teams and technologies will serve
as the operational foundation, partnership hub, and
media-production network for the Overwatch League as well as
Activision’s Call of Duty® World League. This
includes league management; team, media, advertising, and
sponsorship sales; content development; and event production.
Blizzard’s separate esports team will continue to directly
manage and operate the global esports programs for Heroes of
the Storm®, Hearthstone®,
StarCraft®, and World of Warcraft®, but
will begin leveraging the new division’s capabilities for
media production, sales, and distribution.
With these initiatives underway, Blizzard currently has
multiple open esports positions, with more on the way. Apply
now at jobs.blizzard.com, and stay
tuned there for more esports openings in the weeks ahead.”
Source – Blizzard