MLG Anaheim crowd

Call of Duty: Ghosts drew a packed house in the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday.

The MLG Championship kicked off competition on Friday from the Anaheim Convention Center. The support for eSports in Southern California has made Anaheim a highlight of the MLG Pro Circuit, and this year is certainly no different. Just before the action started, MLG announced that Call of Duty had set the record for the highest single-game attendance of any game ever operated at an MLG event. Thank you to all of the fans attending MLG Anaheim, as well as the thousands more watching online this weekend!


With two separate tournaments, over 200 teams, and a total of $80,000 at stake, there was plenty of action on Day 1. Here are some of the top stories:




James "Clayster" Eubanks and Optic Gaming won their Day 1 matchup "3-0." (MLG/Enrique Espinoza)


X Games Medalists Open Strong

Looking to build on their performances at the MLG X Games Invitational, all three of the X Games medal-winning teams came out of Day 1 with a series win.


Optic Gaming took care of business against an upstart Denial Gaming squad, with Seth "Scumpii" Abner leading his team to a 3-0 sweep. Team Kaliber would match the result against Epsilon, in a 3-0 series that was much closer than the final score suggests. Evil Geniuses also started strong, opening their campaign back to the top with a 3-1 win over FaZe Red.




Epsilon and the rest of the international teams all dropped to the Losers Bracket. (MLG/Enrique Espinoza)

Tough Start for International Teams

The same could not be said for the teams from overseas, as all three in the International Playoffs would fall in their opening series. Epsilon, TCM Gaming, and Curse AU will need to regroup immediately if they are to make it through Day 2 in the Losers Bracket.



Optic Nation

Optic Nation advanced to Round 3 of the League Play-In Tournament. (MLG/Enrique Espinoza)


Favorites Continue Towards League Placements

There were no major surprises in the League Play In tournament on Day 1, as all of the big names advanced into Round 3. Saturday will be the real test though, as another four rounds of action whittle the Winners Bracket down to six teams.


The intensity builds on Day 2, as we see our first eliminations from both tournaments. Which teams will fall out of contention, and which ones will advance to Championship Sunday? Make sure to tune in to Call of Duty action all day on both and!


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