ESL and Intel seal global esports deal

June 15 2017

MTG’s ESL, the world’s largest esports company, just agreed a landmark technology partnership with Intel – and unveiled the $1 million Intel® Grand Slam.

As ESL’s global technology partner, Intel will provide the technical backbone for all ESL’s esports events, including Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One and ESL Pro League. That means every tournament PC will be powered by cutting edge Intel® Core™ i7 processors.

ESL’s online tournament platforms, studios and broadcasting operations will also run on Intel technology – and the company’s studios in North America and Europe will be renamed the Intel Esports Arenas.

ESL Intel Extreme Masters

Intel® Extreme Masters in Katowice recently delivered the biggest esports event in history, with 173,000 attendees and 46 million viewers, while the global esports audience is expected to reach 500 million fans by 2020. The partnership aims to give these fans the best possible viewing experience, while meeting players’ rapidly evolving technical demands.

ESL and Intel have also launched the Intel® Grand Slam, which offers a $1 million prize to the first team to win four of ten Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitions hosted by ESL and DreamHack.

(If a team with three wins is defeated in the fourth final and misses out on the Grand Slam title, their opponents get $100,000…)

Qualifying events include Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League and the DreamHack Masters series – and ESL One, which comes to Cologne on July 7-9 (tickets available now)!

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