The MLG Summer Championship, to be held in Raleigh, NC on August 24-26, will feature the North American Finals of the StarCraft II World Championship Series, in addition to the MLG Pro Circuit StarCraft II Summer Championship. The top finishers from the North American Continentals will be representing their countries later this year at the World Championship in Asia; this is huge event with a great deal at stake. We know that both the North American Finals and the Pro Circuit Summer Championship are incredibly important to the StarCraft II community. Our goal, when determining how these two events would work together in Raleigh, was to ensure the best possible tournament experience for all players in both tournaments. Blizzard was not party to the original schedule release.

After listening to extensive community feedback, MLG worked closely with Blizzard to ensure that the participants in the WCS NA Finals would not be forced to choose between participating in that event and the MLG Pro Circuit Summer Championship. It is critically important to both Blizzard and MLG that players be able to compete as they choose. Schedules will now be staggered so that players can compete in both events. North American Finals competitors; you can now participate in all aspects of the MLG Summer Season, including the Open and Invite-Only Online Qualifiers, the Arena, and the Summer Championship. Registration for the Open Online Qualifiers is open now.

Detailed schedules for both of Raleigh’s StarCraft II events will be released in the coming weeks.