Posted by: kurtsh | April 21, 2012

NEWS: Microsoft falls to EA/Facebook in the After Hours Gaming League (QQ!)


UPDATE 4/21/12 4:40PM:
Amazon defeats EA to wins the AHGL League of Legends Championship, playing for Child’s PlayGG Amazon.


I’ve been dreading having to write this post but I think it has to be done now that the finals are taking place today.

Put simply, season 2 of AHGL has not been kind to Microsoft:

For background on the AHGL:

imageThe After Hours Gaming League is a fun, modern twist to the traditional corporate sports league. Instead of softball or basketball, the AHGL offers corporate teams the chance for some friendly competition on the virtual battlefields of top strategy games. The AHGL is also a fundraiser for charity: corporate teams compete for the chance to donate the $5,000 top cash prize to the charity of their choice.

Season One of the AHGL saw eight high-tech giants—Amazon, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Yelp and Zynga—duke it out on the battlefields of StarCraft II. The tournament Grand Finals were held on the Facebook campus in Palo Alto, California, and broadcast live over Day[9]TV to an audience of over 100,000 live viewers. In an exciting victory, Microsoft won the day for its charity, Amnesty International.

A *certain arch-competitor* of ours didn’t fare as well as us, but at the end of the day, neither of us are in the finals so I guess in the end it doesn’t matter… best of luck to the finals competitors:

Starcraft 2 Finals:
IBM (Youth Service America)
Epic Systems (Doctors Without Borders)

League of Legends Finals:
Electronics Arts (Make-A-Wish Foundation®
Amazon (Child’s Play)


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