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Here's What to Expect from the Major League Gaming Championships This Weekend

We've got four major league sports teams in the metroplex, but have you ever wondered what there is for the gamers? You know, the types who'd rather point and click rather than pass and shoot? Never fear, my geeky brethren, Major League Gaming is here.

The Major League Gaming Winter Championships come to the Dallas Convention Center this weekend, Friday through Sunday, and with that we'll play host to one of the biggest events in competitive gaming.

Here are some of the biggest highlights:

The Pro Tour Tournament The MLG Winter Tournament is the first professional gaming tournament of the 2013 season. Over 1,000 of the world's best in video gaming will converge on Dallas for three days of frags and headshots. The centerpiece event attracts gamers from across the world to its three major tournaments: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, League of Legends, and Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm. With total prizes of about $175,000 the grudge match between the U.S. and the South Korean teams is going to be brutal.

A Weekend of Firsts- With the release of Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm just this week, this will be one of the first times that it will see play on the professional circuit outside of the beta. For those on a budget or who hate getting stomped by the South Koreans at Starcraft, MLG will also be covering Planetside II, a free-to-play shooter, for the first time on Sunday for spectators and pros alike. This will be a part of their live broadcast from Dallas.

Balancing the Playing Field- Admit it, you probably aren't the best at gaming. If you were, you'd be the one on stage competing for the big bucks. Don't worry, the MLG tournament will also host booths for venders for gear to help level the playing field with the newest accessories, gamepads, and equipment, and drinks to help you play at your best. Sadly, skill is already sold out.

Weekend spectator passes start at $35 in advance and $50 at the door. Doors open at 2 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Dallas Convention Center is located at 650 W. Griffin Street in Dallas.

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Michael Hutchins
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