Rockstar Games has announced that The Max Payne 3 Pro Exhibition held in association with Major League Gaming (MLG) on May 5, 2012 in New York City will be broadcast online at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012 from the Major League Gaming and Rockstar Games web sites. For the first time ever, Rockstar Games has teamed up with MLG’s elite professional players for an exhibition tournament hosted by MLG and featuring the competitive debut of Max Payne 3 multiplayer.
“We designed Max Payne 3 multiplayer to be easily accessible, yet deep and sophisticated enough for competitive players to enjoy,” said Jeronimo Barrera, VP of Product Development of Rockstar Games. “Now we’re teaming up with MLG to let the best players in the world attack it.”
MLG teams and pros fought it out in 4 vs. 4 Team Matches and Deathmatch tournaments, with Rockstar’s development team on-hand to coach and strategize with teams. The 16 selected players were competing for a total cash prize purse of $30,000. Featured players include:
- Strongside – Mike Cavanaugh
- Nadeshot – Matt Haag
- Walshy – David Walsh
- Gandhi – Scott Lussier
- Tsquared – Tom Taylor
- Scump – Seth Abner
- Hastro – Mike Rufail
- CDNthe3rd – Caeser Noriega
- Nickmercs – Nicholas Kolcheff
- Cream – Ken Lawson
- MrsViolence – Kelly Ristigian
- xJawz – Samuel Joseph Betesh
- Predator – Gabriel Figueroa
- CDjr – Emmanuel Brito
- Stainville – Tosh-Mcgruder-Cummings
- Aches – Patrick Price
The original Max Payne game released to critical acclaim in 2001 for its groundbreaking Bullet Time-based shooting mechanics, dark atmosphere and complex story about a cop on the edge, fighting for justice and his own survival on the streets of New York. Its sequel, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne was released to further critical acclaim in 2003.
The series returns in 2012 with the launch of Max Payne 3 on May 15 for the Xbox 360® and the PlayStation® 3, and for the first time in the series will feature a highly customizable, competitive multiplayer component, including the ability to use Bullet Time in multiplayer matches. Max Payne 3 will also be available for PC on May 29.