World's best gamers at Intel® Extreme Masters China in Guangzhou

The elite pro gaming tour with second stop in the Chinese metropolis - Guangzhou – 64 of the world's best gamers compete at Anime Comics and Games Guangzhou for over 80,000 US-Dollar in prize money – winners qualify to the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship at CeBIT 2013

Cologne, September 6 th, 2012 – After the successful start of the Intel® Extreme Masters at gamescom, 64 of world’s best gamers attend the elite global pro gaming tour’s second event in the Chinese metropolis – Guangzhou. The Intel Extreme Masters China is an event with global qualifiers and takes part at Anime Comics and Games Guangzhou in the Jinhan Exhibition Center from September 30th to October 4th.

Participants from all Europe, South and North America, Asia and Australia will compete in two of the most popular games in electronic sports (eSports): StarCraft II, a well-known RTS (real time strategy) game, and League of Legends, the world’s leading MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game. The eight League of Legends teams and the 24 StarCraft II players fight for a share of the total prize pool for the Intel Extreme Masters China over 81,800 US-Dollars (StarCraft II: 31,800 US-Dollars; League of Legends: 50,000 US-Dollars). In addition to the prize money, the winners of both disciplines as well as the runner-up in StarCraft II will win a spot in the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship at CeBIT (Hanover, Germany in March 2013).

The event will be broadcast online to over 140 countries by ESL TV and ESL China and is expecting to reach over 4,000,000 unique viewers on Twitch and PPlive. The current Intel Extreme Masters season is the 7th season of the tour and started in Cologne, Germany at last August’s gamescom exhibition.

„After the phenomenal opening event of the season that we have had at gamescom, we are moving on to the next event in Guangzhou“, says Michal Blicharz, the Director of Pro Gaming at Turtle Entertainment GmbH. „Last year we won the Gold Award as the best exhibitor of the ACG. We plan to deliver an unforgettable gaming experience to millions of fans online and the hundreds of thousands of visitors in the hall.”

All facts at one glance

What: Intel Extreme Masters China

Where: Anime Comics and Games Guangzhou in the Jinhan Exhibition Center, Guangzhou (China)

When: September 30 th to October 4 th 2012

64 of the world’s best videogamers compete for a total prize money of more than 80,000 US-Dollar and a ticket for the Grand Finals, the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship at CeBIT 2013. ESL’s Web-TV service ESL TV covers all games under www.esl.tv

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

The logo of the Intel Extreme Masters: http://gfx.esl.eu/media/de/news/2012/iem/press/int_ext_masters_3000_rgb.png

Intel Extreme Masters

Intel® Extreme Masters is the elite global pro gaming tour since 2006 with over 2,8 million USD given out in prize money in six seasons. The league arranges the hardest and most popular competitions. eSports champions from Europe, Asia and America struggle for one of the most lucrative prize purses globally. Live tournaments at the world's largest IT and gaming conventions feature the top performers of the season - global stars in eSports. The seventh season will have its exciting final in Germany in 2013, during the CeBIT trade fair in Hanover with 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 available at: www.intelextrememasters.com.

Intel Corporation

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

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 41 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. Important business partners of Turtle Entertainment are global corporations such as Intel, Dell, Volkswagen, Microsoft, adidas and Deutsche Post.

Further information available at www.turtle-entertainment.com

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