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PlanetSide 2 preps for full-scale eSports this year

By Michael Jamias
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PlanetSide 2 developer Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) has enlisted the help of eSports league Major League Gaming (MLG) to make it happen.

“Over the next few months, the PlanetSide 2 and MLG teams will work closely to develop ideal competitive gameplay features and settings to showcase the massively multiplayer online first-person shooter (MMOFPS),” said SOE in a release.

With MLG’s consult and significant community involvement, SOE has committed to creating a long-term eSports initiative within PlanetSide 2 that will highlight an exceptional massively multiplayer competitive gaming experience.”

Under the partnership, MLG network will broadcast PlanetSide 2 online competitions hosted via MLG’s GameBattles site. PlanetSide 2 will also begin appearing in MLG’s Pro Circuit events for 2013 in a bid to raise its visibility among mmo games eSports fans.

“PlanetSide 2 players are extremely loyal to their chosen Empires and when it comes to battling, they are beyond competitive and truly enjoy the in-game rivalries, so it was the natural next step for us to bring PlanetSide 2 to the most competitive eSports organization,” said John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment.

We’re excited for this opportunity to work with MLG and are confident that their competitive gaming expertise can turn PlanetSide 2  into a premiere eSports platform, allowing us to extend the game experience and deliver new ways for players to interact with other players and the broader community, while  helping to further diversify and grow our audience.”

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