Professional computer gamers to compete for£30,000 in national tournament

Cologne/London, 23rd of April, 2009– The second season of the ESL Pro Series, the premiere league of eSports, is in full swing. At the end of the first season of this prestige tournament, two extra live events were promised. The so-called Intel Friday Night Games.

The date of the first of these events is now being announced. On April 30th, teams and players in the disciplines Call of Duty 4, Counter-Strike: Source, Quake 3 Arena and Trackmania Nations Forever will compete for important points to assist them in attaining tickets to the grand finals.

The event takes place at Ten Squared at City University based in Angel, Central London. The total prize money of the ESL Pro Series season II is£30.000.

The IPTV channel ESL TV will broadcast the matches live on http://tv.esl.eu/de/program/view/38807.

"This year we bring the inaugural ESL Pro Series Road-Show, the Intel Friday Night Games, to the United Kingdom. With the Ten Squared in London we have found the perfect location for this event. We expect an intense and exciting show for all who attend to see professional gaming at it's best", says Manuel Hoedemakers, Senior Management of International Partners from the German league operator Turtle Entertainment in Cologne.

Beside the matches all visitors can experience the ESL Pro Series games at first hand in the free gaming area.

The ESL Pro Series in United Kingdom are sponsored by Intel.

Location of the Intel Friday Night Game

Ten Squared London

Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB

www.city.ac.uk/studentcentre/studentsunion/student_life/ten_squared.html

Highlights of the Intel Friday Night Game

Four disciplines

24 pro gamers and teams

Great stage perfomances

Live TV production

Free gaming area

Multiple raffles and prize give-aways

Free Entry! First 100 spectators recieve 2 free drink tokens!

Entrance for over 18s only.

(Under 18s ARE able to enter but must contact us in advance to be added to a guest list.)

Game descriptions of the ESL Pro Series disciplines:

Counter-Strike: Source: www.turtle-entertainment.de/Dateien/HB_Counter-Strike_Source

Call of Duty 4: www.turtle-entertainment.de/Dateien/HB_Call_of_Duty_4

Quake 3 Arena: www.turtle-entertainment.de/Dateien/HB_Quake3

Trackmania Nations Forever: www.turtle-entertainment.de/Dateien/HB_TMNF

Further information about the ESL Pro Series Finals including interviews with Clans and preview news: www.esl.eu/uk/pro-series/season2

Information to the league operator Turtle Entertainmentare available at: www.turtle-entertainment.com

Turtle Entertainment GmbH

Turtle Entertainment, is active in 35 different countries worldwide. The league portal www.esl.eu reaches aboveten million visits a month generated by more than two million registered users. Turtle Entertainment has 174 employees and is located in Cologne, Germany. Twelve international license holders operate the ESL worldwide. 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, adidas, Volkswagen, Dell, Suzuki, ASUS, BitDefender, Sennheiser, Windows Vista, Sidewinder, Razor, Alienware and gamed.de. Turtle Entertainment markets its products worldwide using these specific brands: Electronic Sports League (ESL), ESL Pro Series, ESL Major Series, ESL European Nations Championship (ENC), ESL WC3L Series, ESL TV, Intel Extreme Masters, Consoles Sport League, eSport Schulmeisterschaft, eSports Award and ESL Sports. Until December 2008 Turtle Entertainment has paid out more than three million Euro prize money.

Intel Friday Night Games

Intel Friday Night Games are the highlight of any Electronic Sports League online league. The events bring the excitement of eSports to different cities on a Friday night - making the stars touchable for the fans. This tour transforms any event location into a modern eSports stadium. The ESL Pro Series in Germany has ten Intel Friday Night Games per season.

An Intel Friday Night Game consists of the top games played at the current playday in the league. The top game in different eSports disciplines from the str ategy, action and sports genre are being played. These games are commentated live for the audience of up to 2.000 spectators while the gamers sit in separate gamer cabins enabling them to showcase their best performance.

The Intel Friday Night Game is produced with the help of ESL TV. The IP TV station streams Intel Friday Night Games live. Interviews with eSports stars, live raffles for the audience, autograph sessions and an extensive free gaming area guarantee an unforgettable eSports experience for every visitor. 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, operated by

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.

All links at a glance:

- This press release as a PDF: www.turtle-entertainment.com/Dateien/EPS_UK_2_IFNG1.pdf

- Turtle Entertainment (press sektion): www.turtle-entertainment.com/?press&lang=en

- Electronic Sports League (ESL): www.esl.eu/uk

- ESL Pro Series Finals Eventpage: www.esl.eu/uk/pro-series/season1/finals

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Contact:

Turtle Entertainment GmbH

Press Office

Ibrahim Mazari

Siegburger Straße 189

50679 Cologne

Germany

Fon. +49 221 880449-231

Mobile +49 163 5196461

Fax. +49 221 880449-239

www.turtle-entertainment.de

presse@turtle-entertainment.de


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