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Major League Gaming (abbreviated as MLG) is a meme aesthetic that was popular roughly from 2013 to 2017. The term originated from the Esports organization of the same name and it used to be a way to refer to professional video game players, although later it was used to represent someone being very awesome, specifically in a video game.

In the 2010s, it was shortened to MLG and began to be associated with a genre of internet memes that were based around video games. It usually is an video-based aesthetic, and the videos feature compilations of various Esports memes and flashing rainbows.

During the early 2020s, MLG saw some resurgence because some Gen Z teenagers found comfort on it due to the nostalgia or the colorfulness of its aesthetic. In meme generationology, MLG is included as part of the "Dank Meme Era", and its sucessor is considered to be Surreal Memes and Deep Fried Memes, which together make up the "Surreal Era".


MLG memes started out as a parody of professional gaming montages, incorporating clips of Call of Duty, Esports teams such as FaZe Clan, and Dubstep music. Doritos and Mountain Dew were also associated with MLG due to often collaborating with Call of Duty. As MLG evolved, it incorporated more random references to popular media and memes at the time, such as Doge and the Illuminati.

  • Air Horns
  • Caillou
  • Call of Duty
  • Crosshairs and shot sound effects
  • Dat Boi
  • Doge
  • Doritos and Mountain Dew
  • Dubstep music
  • Esports
  • Eddy Wally (also called "Wow Guy" in the meme community)
  • Epic Sax Guy
  • FaZe Clan
  • Hit Markers
  • Illuminati
  • John Cena
  • Kermit the Frog
  • Lennyface
  • Noscope
  • OpTic Gaming
  • People screaming
  • Pepe the Frog
  • Peppa Pig
  • Pixel sunglasses
  • Rainbow Frog
  • Sanic
  • Senor Chang's "Ha, Gayyy!" phrase
  • Shrek
  • Smoking and/or doing drugs
  • Sniper Rifles
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Tesco
  • Wally
  • Weed
  • 20th Century Fox


MLG fashion is usually based on the memes that make up the pictures, and pictures of these apparel are sometimes even used as the memes.

MLG clothing may include:

  • Big gold chains
  • OBEY caps
  • Outfits by the clothing brand Supreme
  • Outfits with pictures of video game controllers or characters on them
  • Pixel sunglasses (as well as normal sunglasses)
  • Prints with nostalgic memes on them


  • Being a YouTuber or watching YouTube
  • Dabbing
  • Doing epic gaming plays
  • Drinking Mountain Dew
  • Eating Doritos
  • Parodying pre-existing videos
  • Referencing old memes
  • Singing rap songs used in memes



Some songs associated with MLG memes include: