Cologne, June 29, 2011– The sixth season of the Intel Extreme Masters, the global league of the video game champions, will take off with its first Global Challenge at gamescom 2011 in Cologne (August 17 - 21). The event will host the world's best gamers fighting for a share of 53,000 US Dollar and a slot in the World Championship competition, the grand finale of each season of the league. The competition will be played in two disciplines. One of them is StarCraft II– a well established eSports title and an Intel Extreme Masters discipline in season 5. The second discipline is League of Legends, a blockbuster free-to-play game published and developed by Riot Games. The separate disciplines will feature 21,000 US Dollar and 32,000 US Dollar for StarCraft II and League of Legends, respectively. The total prize money of the Intel Extreme Masters in the sixth season is 635,000 US Dollar.
"Last year's Intel Extreme Masters at gamescom was one of the best events we have ever had," says Michal Blicharz, the Director of Pro Leagues at Turtle Entertainment. "We are thrilled to be coming back and we have every intention of making this year's event even better for the swarm of fans in the hall and on the streams," he adds.
“Intel is thrilled to continue the success of the Intel Extreme Masters and to further take the program to new heights in season six,” said George Woo, Marketing Manager of Intel Corporation.
Intel Extreme Masters is a series of competitions for eSports champions from over 35 countries organised by Turtle Entertainment GmbH in cooperation with Intel. Live events are held in some of the world's major cities like Kiev or New York. Throughout the entire season the best professional gamers compete for a share of 635,000 US Dollar and the title of the World Champion. ESL TV, ESL’s web-TV service, reports live from the Intel Extreme Masters live events throughout the entire season. At www.esl.tv all eSports fans can follow the action from home.
Further information about the Intel Extreme Masters is available at www.intelextrememasters.com
Intel Extreme Masters
The Intel® Extreme Masters is the global league of video game champions since 2006. The league arranges the hardest and most popular competitions in Counter-Strike 1.6, StarCraft II and League of Legends. eSports champions from Europe, Asia and America struggle for $635,000 in prize money - the most lucrative prize purse globally. Live tournaments at the world's largest IT and gaming conventions feature the top performers of the season - global stars in eSports. The sixth season will have its exciting final in Germany in 2012, finding 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.
Further information available at: www.intelextrememasters.com
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.
Turtle Entertainment GmbH
Turtle Entertainment is a leading gaming company in the field of competitive gaming and electronic sports. Founded in the year 2000 the company is currently offering it's services in more then 37 countries including the US and China. Core of Turtle's services is it's 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 3 million registered users. Turtle Entertainment broadcasts ESL events via ESL TV, ESL's web-TV service, since 2007. The headquarter has 135 employees and is located in Cologne, Germany. Important business partners of Turtle Entertainment are global corporations such as Intel, Dell, Volkswagen, Microsoft, adidas and Deutsche Post.
Further information is available at www.turtle-entertainment.com
Online resources at a glance:
- This press release as PDF: www.turtle-entertainment.com/Dateien/PM_IEM6_gamescom_EN.pdf
- Photos from the Intel Extreme Masters Events at: www.flickr.com/photos/eslphotos/collections/72157621757398398
- Electronic Sports League (ESL): www.esl.eu
- Turtle Entertainment: www.turtle-entertainment.com
- Company Trailer Turtle Entertainment GmbH (browser flash movie): http://files.turtle-entertainment.de/video/eslpromo.html
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