Professional gaming league Major League Gaming said this week that it acquired online gaming community developer Agora Games, as MLG moves to "partner more deeply" with video game publishers.
Located in Troy, New York, Agora Games is the company behind community-based websites based on well-known video game properties including Guitar Hero, Transformers, Call of Duty World at War
, and Dance Dance Revolution
MLG said the acquisition will help expand the league's online offerings, and also claimed that Agora's online expertise "presents significant opportunities for game publishers. ... Together, Agora and MLG will partner more deeply with publishers and developers looking for deeper engagement, more ever-green experiences, and greater unit volume."
In a statement, MLG CEO Matthew Bromberg said, "We already operate the largest online competitive gaming property in the world. Agora is the leading developer of multi-player communities in the world. Coming together with Agora allows us to double-down on our biggest strength."
MLG was founded in 2002, and has professional gamers competing in games such as Halo 3, Gears of War 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
, and others.