After Hours Gaming League: Microsoft Leads in Tech Companies Online Starcraft 2 Tournament

Started at the end of last month, the "After Hours Gaming League" is an eSports spin on the traditional inter-corporate sports competitions with a focus specifically on top technology gaint's duking it out on the virtual battlefields of the real time strategy game, StarCraft 2.In its first season, eight teams representing Amazon, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, […]

Started at the end of last month, the "After Hours Gaming League" is an eSports spin on the traditional inter-corporate sports competitions with a focus specifically on top technology gaint's duking it out on the virtual battlefields of the real time strategy game, StarCraft 2.

In its first season, eight teams representing Amazon, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Yelp and Zynga have signed up to compete in Starcraft 2.

Each week, the corporate teams will present their named employees to battle against the contending technology firms. The tournament will culminate in an exciting final playoff round to be broadcast live on August 19 from the Facebook campus in Palo Alto, CA.

Organized and hosted by Sean "Day[9]" Plott, co-founder of Day9.TV, popular internet television host and PC Gamer's "2010 Gamer of the Year," this event is part of a push to introduce "eSports" or competitive gaming into mainstream culture. "We're talking about one of the hardest computer games in the world being played by some of the smartest people in the world," said Plott. "I can't think of a more exciting combination to watch."

The Microsoft team is made up of ten employees including those who work on Windows, Internet Explorer, Bing and Windows Azure. So far they've competed against Google, Yelp, Zynga and Amazon with a flawless 4 wins to 0 losses to take the first place rank in the league. With just three matches to go, they are in pretty good shape to win their charity, Amnesty International, the $5,000 prize pool.

With a witty team slogan of "Macrohard, Microsoft", it's hard not to cheer for these guys.

If interested in watching people play games competitive, you can watch the week 4 (embedded below), week 3, week 2 and week 1 Microsoft matches respectively using the link at the end of this post.

Fans can catch all the action on the After Hours Gaming League, with play by play analysis by Plott, at www.day9.tv or afterhoursgaming.tv every Thursday. With, previously aired shows will be available on demand at day9tv.blip.tv. Or, watch the all weeks' videos here.