CeBIT 2012: Gaming highlights in the Intel Extreme Masters Hall

World’s best gamers compete in the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship – A match-day of the German ESL Pro Series live on stage – Video game blockbusters in the Free Gaming Area

Cologne, March 1, 2012 – The heart of the competitive gaming (eSports) will once again be at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany. In the Intel Extreme Masters Hall (hall 23, 10,000 square meters) the Electronic Sports League (ESL) will present the final event of one of the most prestigious eSports tournaments in the world – the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. 144 of the world’s best professional gamers will compete on three individual stages for high prize money and the title of the World Champion. Moreover, the visitors of the hall will be able to enjoy a match-day of the German national eSports league, the ESL Pro Series.

Those willing to play some games themselves will be given the chance to do so. In the Free Gaming Area a couple of the latest blockbusters will be available for the visitors to try out. In addition, ESL, in co-operation with Valve Software, will give away a total of 1,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive beta keys.

In the TwitchTV Champions Lounge, players of the Intel Extreme Masters competition will be gathering their strength between matches. Although the lounge will not be available for the regular visitors, the areas near the lounge will be a perfect place for the autograph hunters to meet some of their favorite teams and idols.

Intel Extreme Masters World Championship

Thousands of players from all over the world participated in the qualifiers for the Intel Extreme Masters season 2011/2012. After Global Challenges in Cologne (Germany), Guangzhou (China), New York (US), Kiev (Ukraine) and Sao Paulo (Brazil), the new World Champions will be determined at CeBIT 2012. In the disciplines of Counter-Strike 1.6, StarCraft II and League of Legends, 144 best gamers will compete for the title and their share of 283,000 US Dollar. The total prize purse of the 2011/2012 season of the league is 643,000 US Dollar – the world's highest prize money for an international eSports league.

ESL TV, the ESL’s web TV service, will broadcast the entire event live in eight different languages and in HD. The Intel Extreme Masters league is supported by the long-term partner Intel, BenQ, TwitchTV and Razer.

Schedule of the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship: www.esl-world.net/masters/season6/hanover/schedule/ and as PDF at www.turtle-entertainment.com/Dateien/The_Schedule.pdf

The participants of the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship:

Counter-Strike 1.6

Group A Group B
SK Gaming (SWE)

Natus Vincere (UKR)

mousesports (GER)

Anexis eSports (DEN)

TyLoo (CHN)

ESC Gaming (POL)

WinFakt (FIN)

fnatic (SWE)

Moscow 5 (RUS)

Lions (SWE)

semXorah (BRA)

eSahara (FRA)

StarCraft II
Gr ou p A Gr ou p B
Kim ‚ viOlet‘ Dong Hwan (KOR)

Moon ‚ MMA‘ Sung Won (KOR)

Park ‚ JYP‘ Jin Young (KOR)

Felipe ‚ KiLLeR‘ Zuñiga (CHL)

Giacomo ‚ Socke‘ Thüs (GER)

Eugin ‚ Strelok‘ Oparyshev (UKR)

Jang ‚ MC‘ Min Chul (KOR)

Samuli ‚ elfittaja‘ Sihvonen (FIN)

Bae ‚ Sound‘ Sang Hwan (KOR)

Joseph ‚ ret‘ de Kroon (HOL)

Dennis ‚ HasubObs‘ Schneider (GER)

Artur ‚ Nerchio‘ Bloch (POL)

Gr ou p C Gr ou p D
Lee ‚ PuMa‘ Ho Joon (KOR)

Dmytro ‚ DIMAGA‘ Filipchuk (UKR)

Kim ‚ FruitDealer‘ Won Ki (KOR)

Grzegorz ‚ MaNa‘ Komincz (POL)

Shin ‚Killer‘ Sang Ho (KOR)

Choi ‚ Zenio’ Jung Min (KOR)

Greg ‚ IdrA‘ Fields (USA)

Park ‚ DongRaeGu‘ Soo Ho (USA)

Kim ‚ SuperNova‘ Young Sin (USA)

Mihaylo ‚ Kas‘ Hayda (UKR)

Oh ‚ ReaL‘ Jin Sil (KOR)

Jérémy ‚ Feast‘ Vansick (BEL)

League of Legends
Group A Group B
CLG (USA)

fnatic (UE)

World Elite (CHN)

Team Dignitas

Millenium (FRA)

ALTERNATE (GER)

Team SoloMid (USA)

SK Gaming (UE)

Moscow 5 (RUS)

Sypher (FRA)

Curse (USA)

EHOME (CHN)

ESL Pro Series – The national gaming league

On Thursday, the German gaming elite will step up for a fight in the ESL Pro Series, the German national gaming league. Valuable points for the playoff stages are on the stake. The League of Legends and StarCraft 2 matches will take place at around 14:00 (CET) on Intel Extreme Masters World Championship Arena (the main stage). The participants are: ALTERNATE vs. Acer in League of Legends and Jonathan ‘DarKFoRcE‘ Belke vs. Carlo ‘ClouD’ Giannacco in StarCraft II.

Gaming highlights in the Free Gaming Area

In addition to the high class eSports action, the visitors will also have the chance to get hands on the latest blockbusters on the video games market.

eSports action on ESL TV and gaming stars on site in the TwitchTV Champions Lounge

The most successful professional gamers from all around the world will face each other in the Intel Extreme Masters Hall. During the breaks, the visitors will have the chance to meet their idols next to the TwitchTV Champions Lounge for a quick chat or for an autograph. The lounge will be a secluded area for the players to relax and prepare for the matches.

Everyone who will not be able to attend the event at CeBIT will be able to follow it on ESL TV, ESL’s web TV service. The tv will report live from the venue throughout the entire show in eight languages. At www.esl.tv all eSports fans can follow the action from the CeBIT 2012 in Hanover from home and in HD.

What: Intel Extreme Masters World Championship / ESL Pro Series

Where: CeBIT 2012, Hanover; Live stream at www.esl.tv

When: Intel Extreme Masters World Championship from Tuesday, March 6 until Saturday, March 10, 2012, 9:00 – 18:00 CET; ESL Pro Series on Thursday, March 8, 14:00 CET

Further information concerning the Intel Extreme Masters at www.intelextrememasters.com

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 USD 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 2011/12 season will have its exciting final at CeBIT 2012 in 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 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.

Electronic Sports League

The Electronic Sports League (ESL) is the largest and most important league for gamers in Europe consisting of more than 3,400,000 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 1,6 million unique visitors a month and about 35.000 new players register every month.

Further information: www.esl.eu

ESL TV

ESL TV is the major product of the Turtle Entertainment TV GmbH founded in Novem-ber 2007 in Cologne, Germany. The TV production company produces IPTV content for the growing eSports community. ESL TV covers all important national and international leagues and tournaments of the Electronic Sports League (ESL).

Two broadcasting options are available: a low quality free stream and a high quality Pay-TV stream for 3.00 Euro per month are available.

An international direction and a tight integration into the Electronic Sports League's website reaching it 3.4 million registered members are the core strategy of the company.

Further information is available at www.esl.tv

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All links at a glance:

- This press release as PDF at: www.turtle-entertainment.com/Dateien/PM_CeBIT12_Highlights_EN.pdf

- The schedule: online: www.esl-world.net/masters/season6/hanover/schedule/ and as PDF: www.turtle-entertainment.com/Dateien/The_Schedule.pdf

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

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

- Photos from the ESL events at: www.flickr.com/photos/eslphotos/

- 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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