Intel Extreme Masters breaks the all-time record with 247,000 concurrent viewers

Global Challenge Kiev as the most successful eSports event in history – Online viewership record broken – 93,000 US Dollar in prize money and slots in the World Championship 2012 at stake – A total of 643,000 US Dollar in prize purse of the league

Cologne, January 23, 2012 – The Electronic Sports League (ESL) has organised another excellent stop of the Intel Extreme Masters season 2011/12, the global league of the video game champions. The event took place on January 19 - 22, 2012 at the Cyber Sport Arena in Kiev, Ukraine, and was held in three disciplines: Counter-Strike 1.6, StarCraft 2 and League of Legends. The best players from Europe, Asia and America competed for the slots in the upcoming World Championship event and their share of 93,000 US Dollar in prize money, a piece of 643,000 US Dollar - the total prize purse of the league in the 2011/12 season. The grand final of the Intel Extreme Masters, the World Championship, will take place in March at CeBIT 2012 in Hanover, Germany.

The Global Challenge Kiev was broadcasted live by ESL TV, the ESL's web TV service, and reached 247,000 concurrent viewers making it thus the most successful event in the eSports history. The audience gathered in front of the screens around the world could enjoy the tournament via 13 ESL TV streams shoutcasted live in five languages (English, German, French, Russian and Polish). With the number of visitors attending live events and the number of viewers on the streams Intel Extreme Masters is now the leading international eSports league in the world.

The overall standings are as follows:

Counter-Strike 1.6 ($40,000):

1. Place: Natus Vincere ($16,000 and a slot in the World Championship)

2. Place: SK Gaming ($8,000 and a slot in the World Championship)

3. Place: Moscow Five ($4,500)

League of Legends ($32,000):

1. Place: Moscow Five ($12,000 and a slot in the World Championship)

2. Place: Team SoloMid ($6,000 and a slot in the World Championship)

3. Place: Team Dignitas ($3,400)

StarCraft 2 ($21,000):

1. Place: Moon 'MMA' Sung Won ($6,500 and a slot in the World Championship)

2. Place: Dmytro 'DIMAGA' Filipchuk ($3,300 and a slot in the World Championship)

3. Place: Mihaylo 'Kas' Hayda ($1,750)

"Our Global Challenge in Kiev was a huge success," said Michal Blicharz, the Director of Pro Gaming at Turtle Entertainment. "The positive feedback from the community as well as the number of viewers on the stream are the best reward for all the people involved in the Intel Extreme Masters. Now, with the bar raised so high, we intend to work even harder and look forward to our upcoming events in Sao Paulo and the World Championship in March," he added.

After the events in Cologne, Guangzhou, New York and Kiev the Intel Extreme Masters season 2011/12 will continue with competition in Sao Paulo (Brazil) on the way to the World Championship at CeBIT 2012 in Hanover, Germany. World's best professional gamers will compete with each other for high prize money and the World Champion title. The total prize money in this season of the league is 643,000 US Dollar.

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 643,000 US Dollar 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, the World Championship, in March at CeBIT 2012, Germany, 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 about the Intel Extreme Masters at www.intelextrememasters.com

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All links at a glance:

- Further information about the Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge Kiev at: www.esl-world.net/masters/season6/kiev/

- Photos from the event at www.esl-world.net/masters/season6/kiev/gallery/?event=681

- Video highlights of the Global Challenge Kiev at www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPAkAmvwJvM

- All videos from the event at www.youtube.com/IntelExtremeMasters

- Replays and VODs of the Global Challenge Kiev matches at http://tv.esl.eu/de/vod/ and www.esl-world.net/masters/season6/kiev/news/182859/ (SCII replays)

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

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


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