The chance to prove you're the best Call of Duty®: Black Ops II multiplayer team in the world!

Cologne, February 7th 2013 – The Electronic Sports League (ESL) and Activision Publishing, Inc. have partnered to reward the most skilled Call of Duty®: Black Ops II multiplayer teams on the Xbox 360®, Microsoft's premier entertainment service for the TV, phone, PC and tablet, by giving them a chance to represent Europe in the inaugural Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox 360® .   

Taking place April 5th-7th in star studded Hollywood, CA, Activision and Microsoft will bring together 32 teams from across the globe to compete head-to-head in the Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox 360® , featuring a $1 million Call of Duty®: Black Ops II tournament purse.

The European teams will be able to stake their place in the final by qualifying through a series of weeky "Go4BlackOps2" online cups (cod.esl.eu), from February 3rd – March 3rd, collecting vital points as they battle it out for a place in the European finals.

The best 16 teams across Europe will then compete in a showdown held at ESL's eSports Valhalla; the ESL Arena Studio in Cologne, Germany, taking place March 16th-17th. There, the teams will fight for the chance to walk away with $10,000, as well as the opportunity to be one of eight multiplayer teams from ESL competing in the Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox 360® , in Hollywood, CA.

The Road to the World Finals

Call of Duty® Black Ops 2 is pushing the boundaries with competitive eSports play. We're excited to be giving our millions of fans across Europe the opportunity to represent their country on the world stage at the finals in LA."

David Hiltscher, Vice President of Gaming Communities at Turtle Entertainment

" Call of Duty® has one of the most active gaming communities in the world. We are extremely excited to welcome them into the ESL, and answer the age old question of which team and which country is the best in Europe. Expect exciting games and memorable competition."

Further information on how qualify for the European Championship can be found at: cod.esl.eu

Further details of the Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox 360® tournament, including full rules and regulations, Call of Duty®: Black Ops II maps and modes for the tournament, prizing distribution, travel accommodations and more will be made available at elite.callofduty.com/esports.

About Activision Publishing, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, mainland China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s website, www.activision.com.

Activision and Call of Duty are registered trademarks and Black Ops 2 is a trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.

About Xbox 360

Xbox 360 is Microsoft's premier entertainment service for the TV, phone, PC and tablet. It is home to the best and broadest games, as well as one of the world's largest libraries of music, movies, TV and sports. With Kinect, Xbox 360 transformed gaming and entertainment in the living room with a whole new way to play games and find entertainment — no controller required. More information about Xbox can be found online at www.xbox.com.

About Electronic Sports League

The Electronic Sports League (ESL) is the largest and most important league for gamers in Europe consisting of more than 4 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 2.5 million unique visitors a month and about 35,000 new players register every month. Further information: www.esl.eu

About Turtle Entertainment GmbH

Turtle Entertainment is a leading gaming company in the field of competitive gaming and electronic sports. Founded in the year 2000 the company is currently offering its services in more than 46 countries including the US and China. Core of Turtle's services is its 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 4 million registered users. Turtle Entertainment broadcasts ESL events via ESL TV, ESL's web-TV service, since 2007. The headquarter has more than 115 employees and is located in Cologne, Germany. Important business partners of Turtle Entertainment are global corporations such as Intel, Deutsche Post, BenQ, Razer, TwitchTV, Sennheiser, ASUS, Red Bull, RaidCall, TrendMicro, SteelSeries, Supermicro, gamed.de and Blizzard Entertainment. Turtle Entertainment markets its products worldwide using these specific brands: Electronic Sports League (ESL), ESL Pro Series, Intel Extreme Masters, ESL Major Series One, ESL TV, Consoles Sports League, eSport Schulmeisterschaft, eSports Award and ESL Female. Further information is available at www.turtle-entertainment.com.


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