Cologne, October 11, 2011 – The Electronic Sports League (ESL) has successfully organised another stop of the Intel Extreme Masters season 2011/12, the global league of the video game champions. The event took place on October 1 - 5, 2011 during the Ani-Com & Games Expo at the Jinhan Exhibition Center in Guangzhou, China. The best players from Europe, Asia and America competed for their share of 93,000 US Dollar in prize purse and slots in the nearest World Championship, which will take place at the beginning of the next year in Hanover, Germany. The competition was held in three disciplines: Counter-Strike 1.6, StarCraft 2 and League of Legends. The event attracted thousands of fans at the venue in Guangzhou as well as on our streams on ESL TV, the ESL's web TV service.
The overall standings are as follows:
Counter-Strike 1.6 ($40,000):
1. Place: Fnatic ($16,000 and a slot in the World Championship)
2. Place: mousesports ($8,000 and a slot in the World Championship)
3. Place: WinFakt ($4,500)
League of Legends ($32,000):
1. Place: World Elite ($12,000 and a slot in the World Championship)
2. Place: Counter Logic Gaming ($6,000 and a slot in the World Championship)
3. Place: SK Gaming ($3,400)
StarCraft 2 ($21,000):
1. Place: Gregory 'IdrA' Fields ($6,500 and a slot in the World Championship)
2. Place: Samuli 'elfittaja' Sihvonen ($3,300 and a slot in the World Championship)
3. Place: Lee 'PuMa' Ho Joon ($1,750)
"Our Global Challenge in Guangzhou was a massive success," said Michal Blicharz, Director of Pro Gaming at Turtle Entertainment. "We broke new ground as we hosted the first truly intercontinental League of Legends event with American, Asian and European teams. It excited crowds watchig our matches at the Ani-Com & Games and galvanized thousands of Intel Extreme Masters fans online that tuned in in the middle of the night to watch the live stream," he added.
After the events in Cologne and Guangzhou the Intel Extreme Masters season 2011/12 will continue with competitions in New York, Kiev and Sao Paulo on the way to the grand final in Hanover,Germany. World's best professional gamers will compete with each other for high prize money and the World Champion title. The total prize money in this season of the league is 635,000 US Dollar.
Intel Extreme Masters
The Intel® Extreme Masters is the global league of video game champions since 2006. The league arranges the hardest and most popular competitions in Counter-Strike, StarCraft II and League of Legends. eSports champions from Europe, Asia and America struggle for $635,000 in prize money - the most lucrative prize purse globally. Live tournaments at the world's largest IT and Gaming conventions feature the top performers of the season - global stars in eSports. The sixth season will have its exciting final in Germany in 2012, finding the top teams and players in the Intel® Extreme Masters World Championship. ESL TV, ESL's web-TV service, 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 Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge Guangzhou at: www.esl-world.net/masters/season6/guangzhou/
- High resolution photos from the event at www.flickr.com/photos/eslphotos/sets/72157627868412658/
- Videos from the event at www.youtube.com/IntelExtremeMasters
- VODs of the Global Challenge Guangzhou matches at http://tv.esl.eu/de/vod/
- The ESL profiles of the winners:
Team Fnatic (CS1.6) www.esl-world.net/masters/season6/guangzhou/team/2094545
World Elite (LoL) www.esl-world.net/masters/season6/guangzhou/lol/playoffs/team/5806819/
Gregory 'IdrA' Fields (SC2) www.esl-world.net/masters/season6/guangzhou/player/3606178/
- Further information about the Intel Extreme Masters at: www.intelextrememasters.com