Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge Shanghai champions determined

Cologne, August 11, 2010– The Electronic Sports League (ESL) has successfully organised the first Global Challenge of the Intel Extreme Masters season V. The event took place on July 29– August 1, 2010 at ChinaJoy entertainment fair in Shanghai, China. The world's best players competed for their share of $57,000 in prize purse in three disciplines: Counter-Strike 1.6, Warcraft 3 and Defence of the Ancients. In addition, the winner of the CS 1.6 competition was awarded a slot in the Intel Extreme Masters V World Championship that will take place at CeBIT 2011 in March next year. The event held at Shanghai New International Expo Center attracted over 160,000 visitors.

The overall standings are as follows:

Counter-Strike 1.6:

1. Place: fnaticMSI ($14,000)

2. Place: Tyloo.raw ($7,000)

3. Place: Natus Vincere ($5,000)

Warcraft 3:

1. Place: Lyn ($2,000)

2. Place: ReMinD ($1,000)

3. Place: Moon ($650)

Defence of the Ancients:

1. Place: EHOME ($5,000)

2. Place: ToTeam ($2,500)

3. Place: LGD ($1,300)

"The first Global Challenge of the Intel Extreme Masters season V was a great success,“ says Michal Blicharz, the product manager of the IEM at Turtle Entertainment. "The competition was intense and the audience was amazing as usual. It is always a pleasure to come to China where there are so many dedicated eSports fans.“ The Global Challenge Shanghai was the first stop of the fifth season of the Intel Extreme Masters which will have its final, the World Championship, at CeBIT 2011. The tournament will have its stops in Europe, Asia and America and the upcoming event will be the Global Challenge Cologne. It will be held at gamescom, the largest entertainment trade fair in Europe.

Intel Extreme Masters

The 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 league had its exciting final on CeBIT 2011, finding the top teams and players in the Intel ® Extreme Masters World Championship.The IPTV station ESL TV presents the best games of the season live and reports directly from the offline events.

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

All links at a glance:

Further information about the IEM Global Challenge Shanghai at: www.esl-world.net/masters/season5/shanghai

Photos from the event at www.intelextrememasters.com/masters/season5/shanghai/gallery/?event=572

Videos from the event at www.youtube.com/IntelExtremeMasters

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

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