gamescom 2012: eSports tournaments in the ESL CM Storm Arena fascinate millions of gaming fans across the globe

The start of the Intel Extreme Masters season 2012/2013 with surprising results for League of Legends and Starcraft 2 - Series champion Giacomo 'Socke' Thüs secures the last ticket of ESL Pro Series to the BenQ Finals - Kai 'deto' Wollin is "Germany's best gamer"

Cologne, August 20, 2012 – The conditions couldn't have been better: at summerlike temperature, hundreds of thousands of gaming fans went on a pilgrimage to the European video- and computer games trade fair gamescom, in Cologne. A special highlight awaited the visitors of the ESL CM Storm Arena in hall 8: high-level eSport tournaments such as the beginning of the world championship of gaming Intel Extreme Masters Season 2012/2013 as well as the last matches in StarCraft 2 before the BenQ finals in the ESL Pro Series promised exciting matches and fantastic atmosphere before the huge League of Legends and StarCraft 2 stages. On the eSports Stage One, ComputerBildSpiele sought for "Germany's Best Gamer". The web broadcaster ESL TV covered live at www.esl.tv all games in the ESL CM Storm Arena and transmitted over 100 hours of live content in over 10 languages for millions of spectators worldwide.

A printable panorama picture of the crowd at the League of Legends and StarCraft 2 stages: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eslphotos/7795733146/sizes/o/in/photostream/

Further information about the ESL CM Storm Arena: www.esl.eu/de/gamescom

Start of the Intel Extreme Masters Saison 2012/2013: Surprising results at League of Legends and StarCraft 2

The gaming world championship Intel Extreme Masters started its new season 2012/2013 during the gamescom trade fair. The 64 best gamers in the strategic game StarCraft 2 and in the MOBA League of Legends fought over a huge prize and tickets to the great finals of the World Championship at the CeBIT 2013 trade fair.

League of Legends

For League of Legends, experts were expecting another duel between the current Masters champions Moscow 5 and the team CLG.eu. Even though the title bearers proved their sovereignty and entered the finals, CLG.eu was surprisingly defeated during the semi-finals by the strong plays of the team SK Gaming. At least CLG.eu managed to win the third place in the match against Fnatic, getting their ticket to the LOL season 2 World Championship. As for the finals, Moscow 5 and SK Gaming fought very close matches, but the happy end was achieved by moscow 5, who were glad to receive a prize of over 40.000 US dollars. The second place, SK Gaming, received instead a check of 30.000 US dollars and just like the first place, they also have a ticket to the LOL Season 2 World Championship in their possession.

The standings of the Intel Extreme Masters in Cologne in the discipline League of Legends

1st place: Moscow 5 (40.000 US dollars and a position at the LOL Season 2 World Championship)

2nd place: SK Gaming (30.000 US dollars and a position at the LOL Season 2 World Championship)

3rd place: CLG.eu (25.000 US dollars and a position at the LOL Season 2 World Championship)

4th place: Fnatic (15.000 US dollars)

A printable photo of the winners in the discipline League of Legends: www.flickr.com/photos/eslphotos/7816517578/sizes/o/in/photostream/

A video with the highlights of the League of Legends finals: www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_Z-YMfT9D0

StarCraft 2

For the first time in the history of Intel Extreme Masters, StarCraft 2 players could qualify themselves through the back door for the starting area of the Intel Extreme Masters with an open brackets system. The best eight qualified players received their last-minute ticket and completed the 24 slots of the discipline. With MVP, Nasty and MC on the field of honour, three of the most successful Korean players took part on the competition, but only two Koreans could make the jump to the last four slots. The favorite of the tournament, MC had to leave during the quarter finals after a convincing defeat against the might of Nerchio, from Poland; Supernova also lost in a spectacular match against VortiX from Spain during the rounds of the last eight slots. In this surprising manner, only two Koreans stood against two "foreigners" in the semi-finals. The finals happened between Nerchio and MVP, the latter being victorious and securing the prize of over 6.500 US dollars.

The standings of the Intel Extreme Masters in Cologne in the discipline StarCraft 2:

1st place: MVP (6.500 US dollars)

2nd place: Nerchio (3.300 US dollars)

3rd place: viOLet (1.700 US dollars)

4th place: VortiX (1.700 US dollars)

A printable photo of the winner in the discipline StarCraft 2: www.flickr.com/photos/eslphotos/7816511836/sizes/o/in/photostream/

Further information about the Intel Extreme Masters: www. intelextrememasters.com

ESL Pro Series StarCraft 2-Cup #6 with a deciding match: German master will not take part on the BenQ finals

It cannot get more exciting: During the last cup of the ESL Pro Series in StarCraft 2 it was decided who would receive the last ticket for the BenQ finals from the 31st of August to the 2nd of September at the IFA in Berlin. As for the reigning master Dennis 'HasuObs' Schneider, it was a bitter gamescom: after a quick loss in the group phase of the Intel Extreme Masters, the man from Cologne had to taste defeat yet again during the German national league of gaming ESL Pro Series. His rival Giacomo 'Socke' Thüs denied Real HasuObs from getting the third place and consequently the last ticket to the BenQ Finals, having his title of StarCraft 2 King taken from him. The victory was secured by Korean Jonghyeok 'Daisy' Lee, who also lives in Germany and belongs to the eSport clan ESC ICY Box. Second place was awarded to his clan colleague Sascha 'Goody' Lupp.

Further information about the ESL Pro Series: www.eslproseries.de

The standings for the ESL Pro Series StarCraft 2 Cups #6

1st place: Daisy

2nd place: GoOdy

3rd place: Socke

4th place: ReaL

ComputerBildSpiele searches for "Germany's Best Gamer"

Who is the best gamer in Germany? ComputerBildSpiele has been searching since May for the German all-rounder in the disciplines FIFA 12 (PC), Need for Speed: World (PC) and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (Xbox 360). The man who made the breakthrough was Kai 'deto' Wollin, from Monheim am Rhein. His speciality, FIFA 12, helped him find his way to the Finals where he also reigned champion in the other two disciplines. He will be glad to receive a Volkswagen up! as the main prize.

Photos of the event (ZIP-file): http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7420986/Sammlungen/Deutschlands_Bester_Gamer_WEB.zip (Photo credit: Roman Hallier)

Further information about "Germany's Best Gamer": www.esl.eu/de/dbg

Intel Extreme Masters

Intel® Extreme Masters is the elite global pro gaming tour since 2006 organized by the ESL (Electronic Sports League). Gaming superstars from all corners of the world compete for one of the most lucrative prize purses in StarCraft II and League of Legends. Live tournaments take place at the world's largest technological and gaming conventions and every step of the action is covered live by ESL TV, ESL’s web-TV service. The final of the seventh season will bring the best players of the globe to CeBIT 2013 in Hanover, Germany, where they will clash Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. Across six years, the tour has given out over 2,800,000 USD in prize money at 37 live events on four different continents. Further information is available at: www.intelextrememasters.com.

Electronic Sports League

The Electronic Sports League (ESL) is the largest and most important league for gamers in Europe consisting of more than 3,8 million registered members and more than 740,000 registered teams. ESL is operated by the company Turtle Entertainment GmbH since 2000 and offers more than 3,500 professional leagues and amateur ladders from a variety of games. More than 400.000 matches per month are being played worldwide using the ESL technology. The ESL website currently reaches above 2,5 million unique visitors a month and about 35.000 new players register every month. Further information: www.esl.eu

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All links at one glance:

- This press release online: www.turtle-entertainment.de/?press¤t_press_release&1587

- Further information about the Intel Extreme Masters: www.intelextrememasters.com

- Further information about the ESL Pro Series: www.eslproseries .de

- Further information about "Germany's Best Gamer": www.esl.eu/de/d bg

- Photos from the ESL CM Storm Arena: www.flickr.com/photos/eslpho tos

- All videos concerning the Intel Extreme Masters (YouTube): http://www.youtube.com/user/IntelExtremeMasters

- Photos from "Germany's Best Gamer": http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7420986/Sammlungen/Deutschlands_Bester_Gamer_WEB.zip

- All videos of the event (YouTube): www.youtube.com/ESLT V

- Further information about the Electronic Sports League (ESL): www.esl. eu  


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