The world's greatest eSports champions to fight for $280,000 at CeBIT 2009

Cologne, February, 25th 2009– The Global Finals of the Intel® Extreme Masters take place at the IT trade fair CeBIT in Hanover, Germany. The Intel® Extreme Masters is the global league of eSports champions for World of Warcraft and Counter-Strike endowed with 750,000 US Dollar prize purse. Ten teams from America and Asia have already qualified for the Global Finals of the third season. 24 European Teams still compete to enter the Global Finals at the Continental Finals Europe at the start of the CeBIT trade fair. At CeBIT there is a total prize purse of 280,000 US Dollar.

Details about the participating teams and the tournament schedules:

Intel Extreme Masters Continental Finals Europe: www.turtle-entertainment.de/Dateien/Continental_Finals_Europe_en.pdf

Intel Extreme Masters Global Finals: www.turtle-entertainment.de/Dateien/Global_Finals_en.pdf

„In its third season the Intel Extreme Masters was present around the globe. Leipzig, Montreal, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dubai, Seoul and Chengdu, China were the venues where the world's best eSports teams qualified for the Global Finals of the Intel Extreme Masters at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany. Visitors and fans will experience intense matches,“ says Ibrahim Mazari, spokesman of league operator Turtle Entertainment GmbH from Cologne, Germany.

The Continental Finals Europe takes place from March 3rd until March 5th. 24 European teams compete for their entry to the Global Finals on March 6-8th. The Global Finals are endowed with 200,000 US Dollar. The Intel Extreme Masters will be broadcasted live by ESL TV to the internet.

The games are played on Alienware systems by Dell's gaming group based on Intel® Core™2 Extreme processors. All events feature free gaming areas giving everybody a chance to play gaming blockbusters on the latest Intel processors: The Intel® Core™2 Extreme and the brand new Intel® Core™i7. Intel and Dell sponsor the global league of eSports champions. In addition to the title sponsorship of the Intel Extreme Masters, Intel supports the Intel Friday Night Games and the ESL European Nations Championship across Europe.

Participants Continental Finals Europe:

World of Warcraft:

• against All authority, France

• iNNERFiRE, Bulgaria

• Nihilum Plasma, International

• mousesports Cake, International

• SK Gaming WOW PvP EU, International

• SKY WoW, Austria

• Team ROCCAT, Sweden

• mousesports WoW, Germany

• feelin cute, Germany

• lockdown, Germany

• x6tence.AMD wow, Spain

• Kick eSports Club, Spain

Counter-Strike:

• SK Gaming, Sweden

• BLANK, Sweden

• Team Giants, Sweden

• fnatic, Sweden

• faculty, Germany

• mousesports, Germany

• Team ALTERNATE, Germany

• XLBet.AndThenSome, Denmark

• mTw.int, Denmark

• Meet Your Makers, Poland

• Millenium, France

• emuLate, France

Qualified participants of the Global Finals:

World of Warcraft:

• SK Gaming USA, USA

• compLexity, USA

• Evil Geniuses, USA

• H O N, South Korea

• SK Gaming Asia, South Korea

Counter-Strike:

• Made in Brazil, Brazil

• X3O, USA

• Gravitas Gaming, USA

• TitaNs eSports, Singapore

• Wemade Fox, South Korea

Further information about the Intel® Extreme Masters at CeBIT at www.esl-world.net/masters/season3/hannover

Printable photographs about the Intel® Extreme Masters Finals at CeBIT 2008: www.turtle-entertainment.de/?press&hi-res&88

** Global Finals of the Intel® Extreme Masters at CeBIT 2009 **

When: 6th March– 8th March, 2009

Minimum age: 16 years

Where: ESL Intel Arena

Hall 22, Booth A01,

CeBIT trade fair

www.cebit.de

** Continental Finals Europe **

When: 3rd March– 5th March, 2009

Minimum age: 16 years

Where: ESL Intel Arena

Hall 22, Booth A01,

CeBIT trade fair

www.cebit.de

Further information about the Intel Extreme Masters is available online: www.intelextrememasters.com

Intel Extreme Masters

The Intel Extreme Masters is the global league of eSports champions since 2006. The league elevates Counter-Strike and World of Warcraft competition to a new level. eSports champions from Europe, America and Asia struggle for USD 750,000 prize money– All-time record for a global online league. Live tournaments at the worlds largest IT conventions feature the top performers of the season - Global stars in eSports. The league has its exciting fina l in early 2009, inviting the top teams and players to participate in the Intel Extreme Masters Global Finals. The IP-TV station ESL TV and its global partners present the best games of the season live and reports directly from the offline events.

More information: www.intelextrememasters.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 20 different countries worldwide. The league portal www.esl.eu reaches above one million unique visitors a month generated by more than 900,000 active members. Turtle Entertainment broadcasts ESL events via IPTV channel ESL TV since 2007. Turtle Entertainment has 170 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 gl obal corporations such as Intel, Volkswagen and adidas.

Further information is available at www.turtle-entertainment.de

Online info at a glance:

- This press release as PDF: www.turtle-entertainment.de/Dateien/PM_IEM_CeBIT_en.pdf

- Intel Extreme Masters: www.intelextrememasters.com

- Teams and tournament schedule: www.turtle-entertainment.de/Dateien/Intel_Extreme_Masters_teams_and_schedule.pdf

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

- Turtle Entertainment: www.turtle-entertainment.de

- High Resolution pictures of the Intel Extreme Masters II Finals: www.turtle-entertainment.de/?press&hi-res&88

- Company Trailer Turtle Entertainment GmbH (browser flash movie): http://files.turtle-entertainment.de/video/eslpromo.html

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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