Cologne, June 29, 2012 – On June 30 and July 1, 16 of the best StarCraft® II players in the United Kingdom will compete in the World Championship Series UK Nationals in London. Part of a global campaign to find the best StarCraft II player in the world, the United Kingdom Nationals will see Britain’s best fight it out to be crowned the UK champion and earn the right to represent their country at the StarCraft II World Championship Series Europe Finals.
The 16 competitors have each earned an all-expenses-paid trip to the UK Nationals by winning open qualifiers hosted on the Electronic Sports League website. They will now be competing for a $15,000 prize fund provided by Blizzard Entertainment, as well as three coveted spots at the Europe Finals, which will be held in September.
Held at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, the event is expected to attract over 1,000 spectators and free tickets can be reserved for both days of the event from www.esl.eu/uk/.
The event will be broadcast live over the Internet on ESL TV with the world-famous casters Nick “Tasteless” Plott and Dan “Artosis” Stemkoski (GomTV) providing commentary. They will be joined at the event by Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner (Sky1, DirecTV), who will be the weekend’s host.
About 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 800,000 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. Nearly 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
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
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 fourteen #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.
All links at one glance:
- Press Release as PDF: http://www.turtle-entertainment.com/Dateien/PM_SC2WCS_UKnationals.pdf
- StarCraft II World Championship Series events: http://eu.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/4055892
- Blizzard Entertainment: www.blizzard.com
- Turtle Entertainment: www.turtle-entertainment.com
- Turtle Entertainment (Press): www.turtle-entertainment.com/?press
- Trailer Turtle Entertainment GmbH (Flashmovies): http://files.turtle-entertainment.de/videos/eslpromo.html