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" link="lightbox" size="xlarge" align="center" nocrop="true" clear="true"] Video gaming's not a sport? Don't tell that to MLG.TV — an Internet-broadcast network that'll showcase the league's major events and, yes, broadcast a studio show with highlights and news, akin to the coverage that, yes, real sports get.


Over the weekend, many professional League of Legends, StarCraft II and Call of Duty players convened in Anaheim, California, to compete in Major League Gaming's Spring Championship. But one of the most riveting battles involved American pro XpecĂ­al's incredible, 40-minute play displaying some of the most impressive unit-control and micro-management I've seen.


You press play. A homemade logo or two pop up — maybe a clan or a made-up studio. You notice the name of the player — lots of X's, maybe a 420 reference, and the rest seems incomprehensible. That's when the top 40 song begins. Then it happens: a man dies. Cause of death? Headshot, intentionally timed to connect when the bass dropped (if the song happens to be dubstep.) We're watching an earnest kill montage video of a popular shooter, likely from an MLG hopeful.


Australia's top pro Halo squad Team Immunity headed over the to world's first major Halo 4 tournament at MLG this weekend. 260 of the world's best teams attended and, despite the fact some of the top seeds had two weeks to practice the game, Team Immunity still managed to place 9th. Such an incredible result guys — very well done.


As we are all aware, Halo 4 is out this coming week, and the thing I'm most looking forward to is getting involved in multiplayer again. In preparation I've been watching MLG over the weekend, since they've been running a series of pro matches using the game. It's been pretty insightful in terms of learning the basics of the game, and getting an idea of some of the maps.


There aren't many video game series where I care more about the multiplayer than the main campaign, but Halo is one of them, and that's partly because I love Halo multi, but also because I'm pretty engaged with the Halo competitive scene. This video shows off multiple new features destined for Halo 4, including promothean vision, and it's played by one of the best Halo pros to ever pick up a controller, Neighbour.


I'm a fan of MLG, I love pro gaming, and I'm excited about Max Payne 3. Turns out that right this second MLG pros are currently playing Max Payne's multiplayer for a grand prize of $30,000, and you can watch right here!


I know! I couldn't believe it myself. Most mainstream coverage of e-sports tends to be negative, or done from that patronising 'you thought e-sports was completely meaningless, but it's actually a pretty big deal' angle. So to see Reuters actually do a good job of covering e-sports in a positive, fair light is quite encouraging.