CeBIT 2013: Gaming superstars fight for 250,000 US Dollars at the World Championship

Cologne, February 26th 2013 – From March 5th to 9th, the Intel Extreme Masters ends its seven-month 2012/2013 season with a bang at CeBIT 2013 in hanover, Germany. In the Intel Extreme Masters Hall (hall 23, 10,000m²) Turtle Entertainment GmbH, the leading eSports company in Europe, will bring together the world’s best gamers to compete in League of Legends and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm for a prize pool of a quarter million US Dollars.

The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will host the first ever Heart of the Swarm tournament, just days before the March 12 launch of StarCraft II's latest installment. All the action from this event will be broadcast live to 180 countries by ESL TV via Twitch.tv the leading global video streaming platform for gamers. The stream has an expected audience of 5 million unique viewers worldwide.

The Intel Extreme Masters Championship trophy is one of the most prestigious awards in the gaming world. It stands for seven months of hard work and demonstration of excellent gaming skills at five events across three continents. Throughout the entire season. The best gamers from all over the world have been competing for their share of 700,000 US Dollars and the title of World Champion. The participants at CeBIT include such StarCraft II celebrities such as Manuel 'Grubby' Schenkhuizen (NL), Ilyes 'Stephano' Satouri (FR), Jung 'Mvp' Jong Hyun (KR) and Jang 'MC' Min Chul (KR), as well as League of Legends powerhouses like Gambit Gaming (RU), Evil Geniuses (EU) and both CJ Entus Frost & Blaze teams (KR). 

The League of Legends tournament will feature two groups of six teams each, whereas the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm tournament will include four groups of six players each. Once the group stages have been completed, the best teams and players will move on to the playoff phase.

League of Legends
Group A   Group B  
  Gambit Gaming (RUS)   MeetYourMakers (POL)
  Fnatic (EUR)   SK Telecom T1 (KOR)
  LG-IM (KOR)   SK Gaming (EUR)
  CJ Entus Blaze (KOR)   Evil Geniuses (EUR)
  Millenium (EUR)   Anexis eSports (POL)
  paiN Gaming (BRA)   CJ Entus Frost (KOR)
 
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
Group A   Group B  
  Nerchio (POL)   MC (KOR)
  sLivko (RUS)   First (KOR)
  YongHwa (KOR)   YoDa (KOR)
  PartinG (KOR)   Ret (NED)
  HasuObs (GER)   XlorD (GER)
  LucifroN (SPA)   KAS (UKR)
       
Group C   Group D  
  Snute (NOR)   Mvp (KOR)
  VortiX (SPA)   Grubby (NED)
  StinG (KOR)   Dream (KOR)
  Socke (GER)   TheLittleOne (GER)
  MaNa (POL)   Stephano (FRA)
  viOLet (KOR)   Golden (KOR)
More information on the groups can be found at:

League of Legends - esl.gg/151ssTL

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - esl.gg/W1uPWb

Invitation

Turtle Entertainment would like to invite you to join us in the Intel Extreme Masters Hall (hall 23) to follow this exciting event live in front of one of the two stages each with their own 7-meter-wide screen to follow the games from any point in the hall. Hundreds of thousands of visitors will be able to cheer for 84 professional gamers competing in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and League of Legends for a share of 250,000 US Dollars and the title of World Champion. More than 1,200 seats set up in the Intel Extreme Masters Hall at CeBIT for fanatic fans of eSports. 

We would also like to offer you a guided tour around our exhibition hall to explain the phenomenon of competitive gaming. Turtle Entertainment's representatives and professional players will be available for interviews upon request. For an appointment, please contact us by e-mail at presse@turtle-entertainment.com  

Intel Extreme Masters  

Intel® Extreme Masters is the elite global pro gaming tour since 2006 with over 2,8 million USD given out in prize money in six seasons. The league arranges the hardestand most popular competitions. eSports champions from Europe, Asia and America struggle for one of the most lucrative prize purses globally. Live tournaments at the world's largest IT and gaming conventions feature the top performers of the season - global stars in eSports. The seventh season will have its exciting final in Germany in 2013, during the CeBIT trade fair in Hanover with the top teams and players in the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. ESL TV, ESL's web-TV service, presents the best games of the season live and reports directly from the offline events. Intel Extreme Masters sponsors include Intel, BenQ and Patriot Memory. Further information available at: www.intelextrememasters.com  

Turtle Entertainment GmbH

Turtle Entertainment is a leading company in the field of competitive gaming and electronic sports. Founded in the year 2000 the company is currently offering its services in more than 46 countries including the USA and China. Core of Turtle's services is its online portal called Electronic Sports League (ESL), which became a highly popular destination site for competitive computer gamers around the world. The portal reaches up to ten million visits a month (IVW) generated by more than 4 million registered users. Turtle Entertainment broadcasts ESL events via ESL TV, ESL's web TV service, since  2007. The headquarter has more than 115 employees and is located in Cologne, Germany. Important business partners of Turtle Entertainment are global corporations such as Intel, Deutsche Post - DHL, BenQ, Razer, TwitchTV, Sennheiser, ASUS, Red Bull, RaidCall, TrendMicro, SteelSeries, Supermicro, gamed!de, Riot Games and Blizzard Entertainment. Further information is available at www.turtle-entertainment.com

Blizzard Entertainment

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. ( www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes fifteen #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

Intel Corporation

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom and blogs.intel.com


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