SOE and MLG announce partnership for PlanetSide 2
Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) and Major League Gaming (MLG) have announced a partnership that will introduce PlanetSide 2 to MLG's large competitive gaming audience. The year-long collaboration will span all of MLG's properties including original broadcast programming and presence at MLG events.
PlanetSide 2, which released in 2012, is primarily viewed as a massively multiplayer online first-person shooter; however, the two companies will work closely to develop "ideal competitive gameplay features and settings", as well as original programming to air on the MLG network. Details will be announced at a later date.
"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 SOE President John Smedley. "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."
MLG CEO and co-founder Sundance DiGiovanni added: "From the first time I played PlanetSide 2, I knew that it made sense for the MLG community. I am excited to introduce the game to our audience and to see how it evolves along with the growing and evolving eSports landscape."
PlanetSide 2 is entirely free-to-play and can be downloaded here.