Don Bowden

Intel Extreme Masters San Jose, Our First Home Game

IEM_San_JoseIt doesn’t get any better than this, spending the weekend with several thousand of my friends (we are all gamers after all) watching some incredible League of Legend and StarCraft II matches while cheering  for our favorites teams and players to win and advance to the World Championships in Katowice, Poland next March.

Local favorites Cloud 9 crushed Unicorns of Love 3-0 in the League of Legends finals with some inspired game play, here are some of the highlights from the final round.

Along with claiming the win here in San Jose and an invite to the world Championships, Cloud9 walked away with a cool $25,000 in prize money for their efforts. Total prize money for the League of Legends tournament was $50,000 so all the teams got a little somethin somethin to take home.

The StarCraft II finals between CJ herO and Rain was truly EPIC! CJ herO battled back from a 1-3 deficit to win the tournament 4-3. By all accounts herO should have gone down in the 5th match but miraculously fought his way out while being surrounded by Rain’s armies, an amazing comeback. CJ herO’s win earned him $10,000 from the $25,000 StarCraft II prize money.

Here are some of the highlights from the StarCraft II finals.

Videos of all the matches are available at Intel Extreme Masters so if you missed a match or just want to watch the action again please visit the website.

Fierce competition wasn’t the only thing happening, autograph sessions were taking place both Saturday and Sunday giving fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite teams and players. Our experience zone gave fans the opportunity to play the latest, greatest games on the latest, greatest Intel powered desktop and laptop computers. Fans were able to play Tomb Raider on our 12K gaming rig across three 4K monitors powered by the 5960x Extreme processor. We also had the Oculus Rift virtual gaming headset for people to experience as well as some really cool All-in-One systems, 2-in-1 laptops and the latest Intel powered tablets.

All in all it was a great weekend, being able to bring IEM to San Jose was awesome, myself and the rest of the IEM crew hope those of you that attended had as much fun as we did.

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Don Bowden

About Don Bowden

Don is a Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer in Intel’s Corporate Demos Group supporting various Intel events from executive keynotes to trades shows. His latest gig is with the Intel Extreme Masters Gaming Series where he provides general technical support. Don’s an avid gamer, mostly first person shooters, his real passion is on-line racing with iRacing.com which is the closest thing to driving a real race car as you’re going get. Don is also a skier, photographer and avid motorcyclist, making two cross country trips and a trek to the Arctic Circle and back from his home in San Jose, CA.

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