See What Happens When Major League Gaming Flies In The World's Best Starcraft Players To Battle It Out In NYC

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Competitive gaming has gotten really, really serious.

Major League Gaming, the largest competitive video game league in the world, flew in 32 of the best Starcraft 2 players from all around the world to its headquarters in New York City.

They duked it out for $26,000 in prizes, along with pool placement and travel to the Winter Championships in Columbus, Ohio later this month, where a $76,000 prize pool will be up for grabs.

It was an exclusive, private event with no live audience, but the matches were streamed online (pay-per-view for $20).

MLG allowed us behind-the-scenes to see all the fun—and work—that goes into a gaming event like this.

MLG hosted the tournament at its offices at 3 Park Ave, up on the 32nd floor of this building

We met MLG greeter Laura Kramer upstairs, with her iPad in hand, along with a security guard

The folks at MLG converted the bulk of their office into gaming-mode. This area was for people to hang out, mess around and warm up for games

And that's why we're here. This wallpaper for the MLG Pro Circuit was on all of the computers

Nos is the official energy drink of MLG, and it's cans (and logo) were everywhere

The other side of the room had all the cameras and the desks where they played all the official matches. That's two of the semi-finalists going at it

Oh, and the view from the 32nd floor of a building in Midtown is spectacular

Swag bags! Adam Apicella was handing them out to the players—everyone loves free t-shirts

The tourney's participants were flown in from around the world. Here are IdrA (middle), who's from the US, and DeMusliM from the UK (right)

Most of the eyes in the room were glued to this giant LCD screen, as Huk and MarineKing duked it out in a semifinal match

Here's the bracket that they used to keep track of all the happenings. It was double elimination, so there was a loser's bracket too

All the pros and commentators signed a mousepad. A really, really, big mousepad

In another room, we ran into a couple guys from fansite Team Liquid interviewing MLG CEO Sundance DiGiovanni

This is the control room where they handled the stream. Director Ryan Thompson is on the left along with engineer Kieran Phillips

These two guys, director Adam Contini and Amen Obasuyi, were running the Dr. Pepper stream

MLG staff members were packed into a few offices. Here are Camber Weiss, Patrick O'Neill, Chris Puckett, David Cooper and Kyle Magee

There were a bunch of photos of pro gamers on the wall. They'll all be at the next big event in Columbus

Then, we headed over to the BarCraft event—it's where a ton of people get together at a bar to watch the big Starcraft 2 matches

This was the place for this NYC meetup—Legends Bar on 33rd St.

Pretty much every screen inside had the Starcraft 2 action playing

And it was packed in there. Remember, this was a Sunday night

These two were watching intently, eyes glued to the screen

And so were these guys upstairs. This is serious business

Legends even had Starcraft-themed drinks

It was dark by the time we got back to the HQ, and the final match was about to start. MLG commissioner and VP of league operations John Nelson (left) and translator Sung Whan Kim (right) looked on with one of the referees

While production manager Mark Brown kept everything looking good on camera

The finals! DongRaeGu (left) faced off against MarineKing (right), and the set looked absolutely gorgeous at night

Seriously, look at that view

MarineKing (left) came out the victor. He went home with a cool $10,000—not a bad haul for the 18-year-old South Korean

It's almost time to go, so we say goodbye to our guide, VP of communications Katie Goldberg

And there went the stream's end credits

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