Cologne, November 19, 2010– Intel Extreme Masters V, the global league of the video game champions, comes to Ukraine for the finals of its European Championship tournament. The competition will be held on January 20– 23 at the Kiev Cyber Sport Arena and will include the disciplines of Quake Live, Counter-Strike1.6 and Starcraft 2. Apart from the title, the best professional gamers of the old continent will fight for their share of 114,000 US Dollar and the right to compete in the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship held at CeBIT 2011 in Hanover, Germany.
Intel Extreme Masters is the most prominent international league in competitive gaming. The world’s best gamers compete for the World Championship title and their share of 400,000 US Dollar– the highest prize purse in an international eSports tournament. After a regular season played online the twelve best contenders in Quake Live, Counter-Strike 1.6 and Starcraft 2, respectively, will fight in Kiev to determine the European Champion, who will represent their continent at the World Championship in March 2011.
Following the events in Shanghai, Cologne and New York, as well as the Asian Championship competition online, the tournament in Ukraine will be the fourth live stop of the fifth season of the eSports league. After that, the world’s best players will meet in Hanover, Germany, to determine the Intel Extreme Masters World Champion.
“The Kiev Cyber Sport Arena is the best eSports-ready venue in Europe, perfect for both spectators and for professional gamers,” says Michal Blicharz, the Intel Extreme Masters Project Manager at Turtle Entertainment.“I think it is very exciting that for the first time since 2007 Intel Extreme Masters has a presence in Eastern Europe,” he adds.
The European Championship regular season is in full swing at the moment. 234 players in all three disciplines are still competing for the right to participate in the live finals in Kiev. Among the contenders are such names as Carl Stefan“MorroW” Andersson in Starcraft 2 or team SK Gaming in Counter-Strike 1.6. The list of all participants is available at www.esl-world.net/masters/news/138633 and www.esl-world.net/masters/season5/europe_cs
Kiev Cyber Sport Arena is considered to be one of the most advanced eSports venues in Europe. With the area of more than 1500m2 it offers to all gaming enthusiasts a gaming hall with more than two hundred computers, shop for gamers, a sports bar and a gaming stage with high-end Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition processors-based PCs.
As always, for all those who will be unable to join us in Kiev, our IPTV station, ESL TV, will report live from the venue. The stream will be available at www.esl.tv.
Intel Extreme Masters
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 fifth season will have its exciting final in Germany in 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 is available at: www.intelextrememasters.com
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
Turtle Entertainment GmbH
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 (ESL), operated by Turtle Entertainment, is active in 37 different countries worldwide. The league portal www.esl.eu reaches above ten million visits a month generated by more than 2,5 million registered users. Turtle Entertainment broadcasts ESL events via IPTV channel ESL TV since 2007. The headquarter has 160 employees and is located in Cologne, Germany. 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, Alienware, ASUS, adidas, Volkswagen, Nokia, Trend Micro, Sennheiser, Windows 7, Sidewinder, SteelSeries and gamed.de.
Further information is available at www.turtle-entertainment.com
All links at a glance:
- This Press Release as PDF at: www.turtle-entertainment.com/Dateien/PM_IEM5_Kiev_EN.pdf
- Further information about the Intel Extreme Masters at www.intelextrememasters.com
- IntelExtreme Masters YouTube-Channel: www.youtube.com/IntelExtremeMasters
- Photos from the Intel Extreme Masters Events at: www.flickr.com/photos/eslphotos/collections/72157621757398398
- Further information about Electronic Sports League at www.esl.eu
- Further information about Turtle Entertainment at: www.turtle-entertainment.com
- Company Trailer Turtle Entertainment GmbH (browser flash movie): http://files.turtle-entertainment.de/video/eslpromo.html
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