gamescom 2012: Highest eSports level with mouse and keyboard in the ESL CM Storm Arena

ESL CM Storm Arena filled with eSports highlights for the gamescom – Begin of the elite pro gaming tour and the German national league of computer games – Further high-level tournaments and gaming blockbuster at Hall 8 – “The Party that Matters” by ESL, Red Bull & Twitch with 2.500 guests on Saturday – ESL TV expects new record for gamescom

Cologne, 8 th of August 2012 – The gamescom transforms Cologne into a worldwide metropolis of gaming for one week. Fans from all over the globe can personally check the newest and hottest upcoming games at the European trade fair (15th to 19th of august). The Electronic Sports League (ESL), Europe’s biggest league of computer games, has a first class program waiting for visitors at the 4.500m² big ESL CM Storm Arena. Along with tournaments of the highest level, such as the beginning of the elite pro gaming tour Intel Extreme Masters and the German national league of computer games ESL Pro Series, notable and promising publishers will be presenting their newest blockbuster for the eSports community.

eSports is one of the biggest online spectator sports!

Turtle Entertainment, operator and organizer of the ESL based in Cologne, expects this year be a record breaker. The company predicts more than 200.000 visitors at the ESL CM Storm Arena and millions more tuning in live via www.esl.tv. The company-owned web broadcaster ESL TV will produce and stream over 100 hours of live programs from the three immense stages in more than six languages to over 150 countries worldwide. Via "classic" TV ZDFkultur steps up to broadcast the breathtaking eSports events created by Turtle Entertainment. The German broadcasting station focused on cultural events has been covering matches from Intel Extreme Masters and ESL Pro Series for 2 years. This focus will continue for this year's eSports Shows as well. With the program "FTW - For The Win" ZDFkultur covers the finals at the ESL CM Storm Arena on Monday the 20th of August, starting 11:15pm.

Statement of Ralf Reichert: CEO of Turtle Entertainment GmbH

"This year's gamescom is set to better everything we did in 2011, and that is saying something! We will have more stages, more top notch tournaments and more new and exciting games. All this awaits the dedicated fans and supporters from all over the world. Thanks to our strategic partnership with the biggest network for video game streaming worldwide, Twitch, we are confident that we will be able to inspire, interact, and entertain even more spectators than our record-breaking numbers from gamescom 2011. We can't wait, see you there!"

The beginning of elite pro gaming tour – Intel Extreme Masters

The best computer players of the whole world will meet up during gamescom for the opening of the Intel Extreme Masters Season 2012/2013. The gaming elite will battle for fame, honor and the highly valued positions for the finals at the CeBIT 2013 in two different disciplines: StarCraft 2 and League of Legends. 64 players belonging to the highest level of skill from all across the world will clash at the Intel Extreme Masters during gamescom. The Intel Extreme Masters begins its seventh season and raises the bar further as one of the most important and remarkable leagues of the world. The Intel Extreme Masters has support from Intel, BenQ, Patriot Memory and Twitch.

When: Wednesday to Sunday, 15th to 19th of August

Where: gamescom, ESL CM Storm Arena (Hall 8) at the League of Legends and StarCraft 2 stages

Age restriction: 12 years old and up only

Infos: www.intelextrememasters.com

Photo: esl.gg/Mh4w9T

The web broadcaster ESL TV will transmit the coverage of the gaming world championship in several languages live at www.esl.tv together with the gaming program For the Win! at ZDFkultur.

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Matches of the German national gaming league ESL Pro Series Summer Season 2012

The top of the class of German players will battle for the last points possible on their wake to the BenQ finals in the German national gaming league ESL Pro Series. On stage at the ESL CM Storm Arena the best gamers will compare their skill in the strategy game StarCraft 2. For the winner of the last series Giacomo “Socke” Thüs the stakes are higher than most: if he loses his opening match, the showdown of the Summer Finals at the IFA in Berlin will take place without him.

The ESL Pro Series are supported by BenQ, the E-Postbrief, gamed! And Twitch.

When: Sunday, 19th of August

Where: gamescom, ESL CM Storm Arena (Hall 8) at the StarCraft 2 stage

Age restriction: 12 years old and up only

Infos: www.eslproseries.de

Photo: esl.gg/OjdLSI

The web broadcaster ESL TV will transmit the coverage of the German national gaming league ESL Pro Series live at www.esl.tv.

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Finals of the “Computer Bild Spiele” magazine tournament series “Germany’s Best Gamer”

Ever since May the German gaming magazine “Computer Bild Spiele” has been searching for “Germany’s Best Gamer”. During gamescom, visitors will be able to watch the final rounds in the disciplines FIFA 12 (PC), Need for Speed: World (PC) and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (Xbox 360) at the ESL CM Storm Stage. The person who can stand as the most flexible and capable gamer in all three games will be awarded a VW up! and will have all the bragging rights to be called “Germany’s Best Gamer”.

When: Thursday and Friday, 16th and 17th of August, both from 4 to 8 pm

Where: gamescom, ESL CM Storm Arena (Hall 8) at the ESL CM Storm Stage

Age restriction: 12 years old and up only (On Friday the 17th of August, 16 years old and up)

Infos: www.esl.eu/de/dbg

Photos: esl.gg/MX8Pp7

The web broadcaster ESL TV will transmit the coverage of the finals of “Germany’s Best Gamer” live at www.esl.tv

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Open European Firefall Beta tournament

The Free to Play online action shooter Firefall from Red 5 Studios invites all fans to the first European Beta tournament. 10.000 Euro awaits the winner of the competition. Anybody who registers themselves in time at the Firefall booth can participate. The last two starting positions will be given during Thursday and Friday at the free gaming area of Firefall. On that very space, ten high-quality computers with the Beta version of Firefall installed stand ready.

When: Thursday and Friday, 16th and 17th of August: Qualifiers at the free gaming area.

Saturday, 18th of August: Finals live at the ESL CM Storm Stage

Where: gamescom, ESL CM Storm Arena (Hall 8) at the ESL CM Storm Stage

Age restriction: 16 years old and up

Main Prize: 10.000 Euro

Infos: www.firefallthegame.com

The web broadcaster ESL TV will transmit the coverage of the European Firefall Beta tournament live at www.esl.tv

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A first in Europe: Op3n ShootMania gamescom tournament

Ubisoft and Nadeo have a treat for all lovers of tactic shooters in the ESL CM Storm Arena: The Op3n ShootMania gamescom tournament. Similar to their first blockbuster, the series of racing games TrackMania, players are able to make their imagination and creativity go wild. With the principle of building blocks, new environments are always available and leaving no chance to boredom. The tournament is in Elite mode (3vs3) and has a prize of 8.000 euro. The last four teams can qualify themselves directly at the booth of ShootMania during gamescom on Thursday of the trade fair.

When: Friday, 17th of August: Finals.

Where: gamescom, ESL CM Storm Arena (Hall 8)

Age restriction: 12 years old and up

Infos: www.shootmania.com/esl

The Op3n ShootMania gamescom tournament will be broadcasted on www.esl.tv

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Mecha shooter HAWKEN with European premiere

After eleven awards won at the E3 in Los Angeles, the new blockbuster mecha shooter from Meteor Entertainment and Adhesive Games comes to Europe and into the ESL CM Storm Arena. The eSports community will be able to test the game months before its release. During Thursday at the trade fair the creators of HAWKEN will present the game live at the ESL CM Storm Stage.

When: Thursday, 16th of August. Starting 11:25 am to noon and 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm

Where: gamescom, ESL CM Storm Arena (Hall 8) at the ESL CM Storm Stage

Infos: www.playhawken.com

The web broadcaster ESL TV will transmit the coverage of the presentations from HAWKEN live at www.esl.tv

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“The Party that Matters” by ESL, Red Bull & Twitch

The biggest party of gamescom will take place once again at the ESL CM Storm Arena in hall 8. 2.500 players, officials and guests will rock together with famous DJs until the next day!

When: Saturday, 18th of August. Starting 9:30 pm until 2:00 am

Where: gamescom, ESL CM Storm Arena (Hall 8)

Infos: www.facebook.com/events/464046683619114/

Photos: esl.gg/MZ6KH6

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Educators LAN

Parents LAN for education – an event for authorities and managers who would like to create a parents LAN at their school or children and youth centers.

When: Friday, 17th of August. Starting 2:00 pm until 7:00 am

Where: gamescom, Koelnmesse, Messeplatz 1, 50679 Cologne

Entrance: Free entrance for previously registered people

Infos and registration: www.eltern-lan.info

Photos: esl.gg/QV6Krv

 


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