MLG has announced that Columbus, Ohio, will kick off the ninth annual Pro Circuit season with the MLG Winter Championship from March 23-25. Over 1,500 will compete for over $200,000 in prizes, including StarCraft II players competing for a $25,000 grand prize; other games include Halo: Reach, and the fighting Games – Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur and King of Fighters.

Spectators can experience the games via large video screens, listen to live commentary and visit an array of booths featuring meet and greets with Pro Players for $35, available now. Online viewing is free in SD via, while HD passes will be available for purchase online beginning Thursday.  MLG Gold Members to receive discounts on competitor and spectator passes, and HD ad-free live video streams.