I originally wasn't going to do this but I decided to go the extra mile and start writing today. The other thing I want to say now is that I'll also be posting some bits about MLG Anaheim since I got my Media Badge confirmed today. It will mostly be about Heart of the Swarm and the Brood War Pros playing in the SC2 exhibition tournament rather than the Spring Championship.
Interesting news came out today about MLG and Turtle Beach so looking at it further I realized it was a partnership and this was what the press release said: (open spoiler)
Turtle Beach and Major League Gaming Partner to Introduce Advanced Pro Series Tournament Headsets and Mixer
Products to Be Previewed at E3 and Slated For Release Later This Year
VALHALLA, NY – May 31, 2012 – Turtle Beach, pioneers and market-leaders of the gaming headset category, and Major League Gaming (MLG), the world's largest competitive video game league, today announce a multi-year product and marketing partnership under which Turtle Beach will develop the official headsets and audio equipment of Major League Gaming. The first official products offered under this partnership will be MLG versions of the all-new Ear Force XP7 and Z7 MLG Pro Circuit Programmable Surround Sound Headsets for console and PC play, along with the Ear Force TM1 Tournament Audio Mixer. Slated for release in Fall 2012, working prototypes of these exciting new game audio products and others from the Turtle Beach line will be available for preview in Turtle Beach’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) booth; Los Angeles Convention Center South Hall #2447, from June 5 – 7, 2012. MLG Pro Players will be on hand to help introduce the new products, with appearances in the Turtle Beach booth daily from 2-3 p.m. PT.
Developed specifically for console and PC tournament use, the XP7 and Z7 headsets significantly raise the bar for tournament and competitive online multi-player performance. The most technologically advanced headsets on the market; they are part of the new SEVEN Series line of high-performance gaming lifestyle audio products offered by Turtle Beach. Working in partnership with MLG, Turtle Beach plans to release final versions of the XP7 and Z7 headsets and TM1 audio mixer at MLG Pro Circuit competitions later this year. Complete details regarding Turtle Beach’s line of official MLG Pro Circuit Products will be issued in the coming months.
XP7 and Z7 headsets will feature Turtle Beach’s acclaimed Programmable DSP Technology for the ultimate in customized immersion and competitive advantage, making the XP7 and Z7 some of the most precise and powerful tournament headsets on the planet. Ongoing collaboration by Turtle Beach and MLG will deliver unique audio presets customized for specific tournament games, maps and levels that can be loaded onto the XP7 and Z7. These and many others will be available for download via Turtle Beach’s Preset Community Portal.
The SEVEN Series is the ultimate “Swiss Army knife” of headsets for passionate gamers on the move. Using a variety of unique cables and connectors, the SEVEN allows gamers to effortlessly move from console or PC to smartphones, tablets or portable gaming devices. A removable boom microphone, optional in-line mic with multi-function controls, lay-flat ear cups and much more, combine with a dramatic new design and stellar audio performance to offer the features that avid gamers demand.
Turtle Beach will also preview working prototypes of its new TM1 Tournament Mixer. Developed as the ultimate audio mixer for console and PC LAN tournaments, game centers or home use, the TM1 enables crystal clear communication for up to six individual players. Additional options allow a single unit to deliver three versus three team play, the chaining of units for up to 12 audio channels, a broadcast feed and numerous other competition features. Combined with the XP7 and Controller, the TM1 represents the single most powerful revolution in game tournament audio.
“At Major League Gaming, our mission is to create the most competitive environment in e-Sports,” said Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO of MLG. “We look forward to working with Turtle Beach and to utilizing the XP7 and Z7 headsets and TM1 mixer at our Pro Circuit events and offering exciting new audio products to our fans.”
“Quality audio is a competitive advantage whether you play at home or in a tournament,” said Bob Picunko, Turtle Beach’s Chief Marketing Officer. “This partnership allows our audio engineers and MLG’s tournament experts to work closely to deliver the best possible, high performance tournament equipment for professional competitors and gamers at all levels.”
The marketing and product partnership between Turtle Beach and MLG intends to deliver more unique and exciting game audio products, new technologies and lifestyle excitement in the coming years.
About Major League Gaming
Founded in 2002, Major League Gaming (MLG) (www.majorleaguegaming.com) is the dominant media property exclusively targeting tens of millions of consumers worldwide who have a passion for playing video games as a competitive social activity. The company gives aspiring gamers around the world an opportunity to compete, improve their skills, and socialize through a thriving competitive community with more than 750,000 matches each month online and LIVE in-person Pro Circuit tournaments in cities nationwide. MLG broadcasts all Pro Circuit play via LIVE streaming online to hundreds of thousands of fans from more than 170 countries.
About Turtle Beach
Turtle Beach (www.turtlebeach.com) designs and markets premium audio peripherals for video game, personal computer, and mobile platforms, including its acclaimed line of Ear Force gaming headphones and headsets crafted for Xbox 360 and PS3 game consoles and PC games. Turtle Beach’s Ear Force XP400 wireless headset was named IGN’s “Best Gaming Hardware” as part of its Best of CES 2012 Awards. Based on year-ending NPD data for 2011, Turtle Beach was the number one gaming headsets/headphones company based on market share for the year and the number one third party console video gaming accessories company, based on 2011 dollar volume.
Turtle Beach, headquartered in Valhalla, New York, is a brand of Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc., which has been at the forefront of music and audio technology for more than three decades and is recognized as a pioneer of today’s PC audio industry.
Turtle Beach and Ear Force are registered trademarks of Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc. XBOX 360 is a registered trademark of Microsoft, Corp. PlayStation 3 is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.
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Konami is also going to have a Pre-E3 show at 10:30 PM PST to show off some newer titles. If all of you remember the game Zone of the Enders, the third one might show up on the stream so if you are interested go ahead and check that out. Another game of interest that might be there is Metal Gear: Rising. The link is www.konami.com/e3
Tecmo Koei has partnered with the IGN Pro League to bring the "I'm a Fighter" world championship tournament. E3 will be hosting the first qualifier that will take place all three days and the finalists will qualify for the world championships. I'll update with the link when it goes live.
THQ has also released the trailer to their Metro 2033 sequel called Metro: Last Light. Here is the trailer for that http://youtu.be/mON5WmA5REk
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