The first Call of Duty®: Ghosts tournament begins this Friday, as the Major League Gaming Championship kicks off in Columbus, Ohio. 108 teams will vie for their share of a $50,000 prize pool and the title of MLG Champion! MLG Columbus will also see the debut of the brand new Broadcaster Mode and eSports in-game settings.


Watch the tournament at, where two streams will carry all of the action live in HD. 2013 has been an amazing year for competitive Call of Duty, with record numbers in both attendance and viewership. As we enter a new season of competition with Call of Duty: Ghosts, there's never been a better time to join the growing movement.


To prepare for the event, here are five stories to watch for heading into MLG Columbus:


compLexity Gaming have emerged as the clear powerhouse in competitive Call of Duty, with an impressive string of tournament victories in both North America and Europe. As the scene shifts to a new game, can compLexity adapt and maintain its hold on the top spot?


Join the #CurseMob

An established name in the eSports world, Team Curse made some major moves heading into the Call of Duty: Ghosts season. Now sporting two teams of experienced and proven players (Las Vegas and New York), look for big things to come out of this organization.


It’s Blitz!

Both Domination and Search & Destroy have previously been featured in competitive play, but the Blitz game mode will introduce a new challenge for the pro players. Requiring constant adjustments in offensive and defensive roles, Blitz will test teams on their coordination and playmaking ability.


New game, new names

Every year, new players arrive and establish themselves in the competitive scene. In a tournament filled with talented rosters, which individuals will break out from the pack in Columbus?


Stars Align

Before the teams hunker down and begin tournament play, a select group of pro players will participate in the first ever Call of Duty: Ghosts All-Star Game. Taking place Friday at 2:30pm PST, you don’t want to miss this unique showcase featuring some of the very best.