Cologne, 26th of June, 2009– The end of the regular season approaches and with it the finals of the second Electronic Sports League Pro Series UK Season, the premier league of competitive played computer games. The event takes place at the Congress Centre based in Londons West End, just a minute walk from Tottenham Court Road Underground Station. On July the 4th from 10am, the eight best teams in the disciplines Counter-Strike: Source and Call of Duty 4 and the best eight gamers in Quake3 Arena and Trackmania Nations: Forever will compete for the championship title and a total prize money of£30.000.
After ten match weeks, a total of four teams and gamers per discipline have managed to qualify for the grand finals of the second Season of the ESL Pro Series UK. Qualified are, among others, the traditional british clans of Dignitas in Counter-Strike: Source and Reason Gaming in Call of Duty as well as the famous gamers Jonathan "darkY" Holmes in Trackmania Nations: Forever and Aaron-Anton "HELL" Jones in Quake 3 Arena. The games will be played in front of fanatic eSports fans.
The IPTV channel ESL TV will broadcast the matches live on www.esl.eu/uk/pro-series/season2/finals
"This year we bring the second edition of the inaugural ESL Pro Series Final to the United Kingdom. With the Congress Centre in London we have chosen again the perfect location for this event. "We expect an intense and exciting event for all who attend to see the first battle of the brits at this Pro Series",says Manuel Hoedemakers, Senior Management of International Partners from the German league operator Turtle Entertainment in Cologne.
Beside the matches all visitors can experience the ESL Pro Series games at first hand in a Call of Duty 4 and Counter-Strike: Source match in the free gaming area. Furthermore Blizzard's world class Role-Play-Game World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King will be playable for all fans.
The ESL Pro Series in United Kingdom are sponsored by Intel.
Location of the ESL Pro Series Finals
o Congress Centre London
28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
Highlights of the ESL Pro Series Finals
o Four disciplines
o Over 50 pro gamers
o Great stage perfomances
o Live TV production
o Free gaming area
o Multiple raffles and prize give-aways
Timetable of the ESL Pro Series Finals
Saturday 4th of July 2009: 10am to 12pm
o Quake III Arena: Overall Final
1:30pm to 2:30pm
o Trackmania Nations: Forever: Overall Final
12:30pm to 1:30pm
o Call of Duty 4: Overall Final
5:15pm to 7:30pm
o Counter-Strike: Source: Overall Final
8:00pm to 10:15pm
o ESL Pro Series Award: Ceremony
10:15pm to 12:00pm
Entrance over 15 only
Background information to the teams of the ESL Pro Series Finals and a detailed timetable: www.turtle-entertainment.com/Dateien/Agenda_Finals2_UK.pdf
Further information about the ESL Pro Series Finals including interviews with Clans and preview news: www.esl.eu/uk/pro-series/season2/finals
Information to the league operator Turtle Entertainmentare available at: www.turtle-entertainment.com
Various pictures of the ESL Pro Series Finals UK are available at www.esl.eu/uk/pro-series/season1/finals/gallery/event/?event=420 such as high resolution pictures at www.turtle-entertainment.de/?press&hi-res&96.
Turtle Entertainment Ltd.
Turtle Entertainment was founded in 2000. The company quickly grew to be the European leader in the sector of electronic sports (eSports). The Electronic Sports League, operated by Turtle Entertainment, is active in 35 different countries worldwide. The league portal www.esl.eu reaches above ten million visits a month generated by more than two million registered users. Turtle Entertainment has over 170 employees and is located in Cologne, Germany. Twelve international license holders operate the ESL worldwide. Turtle Entertainment owns the majority of the Chinese eSports league PGL (Pro Gamer League) since 2007. Important business partners of Turtle Entertainment are global corporations such as Intel, adidas, Volkswagen, Dell, ASUS, BitDefender, Sennheiser, Windows Vista, Sidewinder, Razor, Alienware and gamed.de. Turtle Entertainment markets its products worldwide using these specific brands: Electronic Sports League (ESL), ESL Pro Series, ESL Major Series, ESL European Nations Championship (ENC), ESL WC3L Series, ESL TV, Intel Extreme Masters, Consoles Sport League, eSport Schulmeisterschaft, eSports Award and ESL Sports. Until December 2008 Turtle Entertainment has paid out more than three million Euro prize money.
Further information is available at www.turtle-entertainment.de
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All links at a glance:
- This press release as a PDF: www.turtle-entertainment.com/Dateien/PM_Finals2_UK.pdf
- Background information to the teams of the ESL Pro Series Finals: www.turtle-entertainment.com/Dateien/Agenda_Finals2_UK.pdf
- Definition of the term eSports: www.turtle-entertainment.de/Dateien/BI_eSports.pdf
- Turtle Entertainment (press sektion): www.turtle-entertainment.com/?press&lang=en
- Electronic Sports League (ESL): www.esl.eu/uk
- ESL Pro Series Finals Eventpage: www.esl.eu/uk/pro-series/season2/finals
Turtle Entertainment GmbH
Joe Fender, International Partners Management UK
Siegburger Str. 189
tel. +49 221 880449 482
fax. +49 221 880449 489