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Published on December 18th, 2006 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

Major League Gaming Spends $1.75 Mil to Snag Pro Gamers

In one fell swoop, Major Leage Gaming buys up a four-man Pro Gaming team and three free agents for it’s gaming league.

Major League Gaming MLG, the worlds first professional video game league, announced today that it has signed a $1 million dollar team contract with team Carbon, the new National Champion four- man Halo 2 team, as well as $250,000 deals with three members of team Str8 Rippin. With these contracts, MLG now has an unprecedented three teams each signed to million dollar contracts.

I don’t know about anyone else, but that sounds like a pretty awesome job. Smash people in a game of Halo and make $250k doing it? Sign me up!

Some people are a little confused with the situation, though, considering the fact that MLG is signing contracts to it’s own athletes – therefore controlling the talent/refs/tournaments and having a nice little conflict of interest…

Personally, I think it’ll bring notice to the league moreso than if someone else hired them up, but it would be awesome to see another league open only to start challenging MLG leagues. That would make for even better TV than the current MLG reality gaming show.

Major League Gaming Awards $1.75 Million in Contracts for Top Pro Video Gamers [via Yahoo! Finance]

About the Author

Deejay has been a gamer since the Atari 2600, has wrestled–and defeated–alligators with only his toes, and once aligned all the planets in the Solar System by uttering the words "Coo Coo Ka-Choo". In his sleep. He currently bides his time behind the scenes here at, streaming at and teaching.

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