Mark your calendars now, folks: 2016 is going to be a big year for professional gaming.

The rising groundswell of esports activity just got a little more exciting, with Activision Blizzard announcing a new division focused on high-level tournament play.

It’s not yet clear what that means for you, the spectator. But Activision has secured top-flight talents to oversee this new direction: former ESPN CEO Steve Bornstein and Major League Gaming co-founder Mike Sepso.

Here’s what we do know: Activision already has a rich portfolio of major esports titles. Call of Duty should be a big focus, but there’s also everything under the Blizzard umbrella, including Hearthstone, StarCraft, Heroes of the Storm and (soon enough) Overwatch. It’s also not unreasonable to think that the newly released Guitar Hero Live could get a pro gaming push on this new platform. Read more…

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Activision hires key ESPN and MLG execs for new esports push