Intel Extreme Masters adds League of Legends as a new discipline

Cologne, June 27, 2011– League of Legends, a blockbuster free-to-play game published and developed by Riot Games, will be the new discipline of the Intel Extreme Masters, the global league of the video game champions. The league, which will soon enter its sixth season with 635,000 US Dollar in the total prize purse, attracts the best gamers from all over the world competing at six events around the globe. The game will be one of the main titles of the league next to StarCraft II and Counter-Strike 1.6.

"The Intel Extreme Masters series is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world of eSports, and we can't wait to see the amazing competition from League of Legends players this year," said Marc Merrill, the President of Riot Games and the Executive Producer of League of Legends. "After the resounding success of our Season One Championship, we're flattered to see League of Legends alongside traditional eSports legends in the Intel Extreme Masters," he added.

„After the community's response to our League of Legends Hannover Invitational including this game as a main Intel Extreme Masters title was a simple choice,“ says Michal Blicharz, the Director of Pro Leagues at Turtle Entertainment.„The game has been breaking many records in eSports - I am hoping the servers of our IPTV broadcast partners will be ready for new ones,“ he adds.

The game was already a part of the Intel Extreme Masters competition at CeBIT 2011 in Hanover last March. Next to the World Championship tournament, the grand final of the fifth season of the league, the event hosted the Hanover Invitational in League of Legends, which was met with an overwhelmingly positive response.

League of Legends, Riot Games' debut title, celebrated its first anniversary on October 27, 2010. Since its launch in North America and Europe, millions of players have downloaded the game to engage in session-based, multiplayer battles against rival teams. Built by a veteran development team, League of Legends combines elements of both strategy and competitive action genres.

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. eSports champions from Europe, Asia and America struggle for $635,000 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 sixth season will have its exciting final in Germany in 2012, 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.

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Intel Corporation

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Riot Games, Ltd

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Turtle Entertainment GmbH

Turtle Entertainment is a leading company in the field of competitive gaming and electronic sports. Founded in the year 2000 the company is currently offering its services in more then 37 countries including the US and China. Core of Turtle's services is it's online portal called Electronic Sports League (ESL) which became a highly popular destination site for competitive computer gamers around the world. The portal reaches up to ten million visits a month (IVW) generated by more than 3 million registered users. Turtle Entertainment broadcasts ESL events via ESL TV, ESL's web-TV service. The headquarter is located in Cologne, Germany. Important business partners of Turtle Entertainment are global corporations such as Intel, Dell, Volkswagen, Microsoft, adidas and Deutsche Post. Further information is available at

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