CeBIT 2011: World Championship in video games at the world’s largest IT trade fair

Cologne, February 23, 2011– Turtle Entertainment, the leading company in the field of competitive gaming, together with Intel, the world’s leader in silicon innovation, presents the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship– the grand finale of the most prominent international league in video games. The event will take place on March 1– 5, at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany the largest IT expo in the world. After seven months of rivalry and a series of live events around the globe the best professional gamers from Europe, Asia and America will clash for the title of the World Champion and a share of 130,000 US Dollars– a portion of 400,000 US Dollars, which is the total prize purse in this season of the league. All the matches of the tournament will be played on the Intel® Core™ i7 processor Extreme Edition-based PCs.

Intel Extreme Masters, a global league of the video game champions, is coming towards the end of its fifth season. After Global Challenges in Shanghai and Cologne, the American Championship in New York, the European Championship in Kiev and the Asian Championship played online, 84 of the world’s best gamers will meet in Hanover to determine the next World Champions in computer games. The list of participants includes such eSports celebrities like Jae Ho 'Moon' Jang, team Fnatic from Sweden or Gregory‚IdrA‘ Fields. The competition will be held in three disciplines: Counter-Strike 1.6, Quake Live and Starcraft 2, in which the players will fight in Hanover for the title, trophy, medals and high prize money.

Apart from the World Championship competition, the Intel Extreme Masters event at CeBIT will also hold an invitational tournament in League of Legends. Four world’s best teams will compete for their share of 13,500 US Dollars. All the matches of the first live international League of Legends tournament in Europe will be broadcasted on a dedicated stream of the ESL’s web-TV service, ESL TV. The event, next to the World Championship competition, will take place in the‘Intel Extreme Masters Hall‘ (hall 23) at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany.

CeBIT is the world's largest trade fair for digital IT and communication solutions. Last year it attracted over 330,000 visitors, 5,000 journalists and bloggers and over 4,100 exhibitors from 68 countries. The fair hosts the Intel Extreme Masters event for the fifth time.

ESL TV, ESL’s web-TV service, will report live from the venue throughout the entire event. For the first time the show will be produced in High Definition. At www.esl.tv all eSports fans can follow the action in Intel Extreme Masters Hall at CeBIT on at least eight different streams in English, German, Polish, Swedish, Russian and Chinese.

Intel Extreme Masters

Intel® Extreme Masters is the global league of eSports champions since 2006. The league arranges the hardest and most popular competitions in Counter-Strike, StarCraft 2 and QuakeLive. eSports champions from Europe, Asia and America struggle for $400,000 in prize money - the most lucrative prize purse globally. Live tournaments at the worlds largest IT- and Gaming conventions feature the top performers of the season - global stars in eSports. The fifth season will have its exciting final in Germany in 2011, finding the top teams and players in the Intel® Extreme Masters World Championship.ESL's web-TV service, ESL TV, presents the best games of the season live and reports directly from the offline events.

Further information is available at: www.intelextrememasters.com

Intel Corporation

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 was founded in 2000. The company quickly grew to be the European leader in the sector of electronic sports (eSports). The Electronic Sports League (ESL), operated by Turtle Entertainment, is active in 37 different countries worldwide. The league portal www.esl.eu reaches above ten million visits a month generated by more than 2,8 million registered users. Turtle Entertainment broadcasts ESL events via ESL TV, ESL's web-TV service, since 2007. The headquarter has 140 employees and is located in Cologne, Germany. 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, Alienware, ASUS, adidas, Volkswagen, Nokia, Trend Micro, Sennheiser, Windows 7, Sidewinder, SteelSeries and gamed.de.

Further information is available at www.turtle-entertainment.com

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All links at a glance:

- This Press Release as PDF at: www.turtle-entertainment.com/Dateien/PM_IEM_at_CeBIT2011_EN.pdf

- Schedule for the event available at: www.turtle-entertainment.com/Dateien/Schedule_IEM5_CeBIT.pdf

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

- Photos from the Intel Extreme Masters Events at: www.flickr.com/photos/eslphotos/collections/72157621757398398

- IntelExtreme Masters YouTube-Channel: www.youtube.com/IntelExtremeMasters

- Further information about Electronic Sports League at www.esl.eu

- Further information about Turtle Entertainment at: www.turtle-entertainment.com

- Company Trailer Turtle Entertainment GmbH (browser flash movie): http://files.turtle-entertainment.de/video/eslpromo.html

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Contact:

Turtle Entertainment GmbH

Press office

Ibrahim Mazari

Siegburger Straße 189

50679 Cologne

Tel. +49 221 880449-231

Cell +49 163 5196461

Fax. +49 221 880449-239

www.turtle-entertainment.com

presse@turtle-entertainment.com  


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