Sony Ericsson and Major League Gaming (MLG) today announced a partnership making Xperia PLAY the official mobile handset of Major League Gaming. For those of you that aren’t aware, this is the phone that has been dubbed the PlayStation Phone or at least the first PlayStation Phone.
MLG is the premier property for video gaming competition and is the exclusive sanctioning body for both competitive professional and amateur gaming competition. It operates a rapidly growing digital platform with a community of approximately 8 million, as well as the multi-city Pro-Circuit tour. The 8th season of the Pro Circuit will include competitions in six major U.S. cities and will be streamed live online. With more than $1 million in prizes and player stipends, this will be the largest season in MLG history.
Xperia PLAY is powered by the latest version of the Android platform (Gingerbread version 2.3) and will also be the first PlayStation® Certified smartphone. In addition to the PlayStation content from the PlayStation suite framework there will be more than 50 games from various Android publishers optimized for Xperia PLAY available at launch. Users will have a best-in-class gaming experience with many popular titles, including Asphalt™ Adrenaline 6, Bruce Lee, Star Battalion, The Sims 3 and Tetris. Other leading franchises available at launch include, Guitar Hero™, Assassin’s Creed, and Splinter Cell.
A pre-loaded application will enable users to easily discover and download titles that have been optimized for game play on the Xperia PLAY, access recently played games and see information about the games they have downloaded.