Today Blizzard confirmed that they has purchased IGNPro League technology and assets form IGN, This purchased including all the equipment, technology and 23 employees. Along with purchase, Blizzard is bringing onboard members of the IPL staff as the foundation for a new team based in San Francisco，whose primary focus will be on creating high-quality web and mobile content in support of Blizzard games, this team first job may be is 2013 World Championship project.
Regarding the transaction, Peer Schneider, executive vice president of IGN, stated, “With the continuing evolution of the eSports space and the renewed focus on our core media brand, we made the decision to sell the IGN Pro League technology and assets and become agnostic in our competitive gaming coverage. Following Blizzard’s acquisition of IPL assets, IGN will partner with multiple organizations and cover their events.” All the IPL brand will become past, the main items of IPL before including“Starcraft II”and “Heroes Union” and “Shoot Mania Storm”, with the disappearance of the IPL, this events will cease to exist.
According to GameSpot reported that 23 members of the IPL team including IPL general manager David Ting, he will responsible for the selection of his execution, a member of the creative core in the Blizzard team, departments of Marketing Manager Kevin Knocke will joined the new team as Manager of Online Broadcasting.
Itzik Ben-Bassat, Blizzard’s executive vice president of publishing said“This new team will help us to further develop the rich media experiences that extend the fun and engagement of our games online, we’re looking forward to now leveraging their expertise and technology to support a variety of online efforts.”