You can't deny that the progaming scene has exploded over the last few years, going from strength to strength and the latest announcement for the next state of the IEM couldn't make that any clearer, fan of pro gaming or not there is definitely a lot of fun to be had at these events. Winners of this next event will qualify to the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship at CeBIT 2013
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 30th to October 4th 2012