Don Bowden

Intel Extreme Masters Season 8, Next Stop: World Championships

We are headed to Katowice Poland for the IEM World Championships where the best League of Legends and StarCraft II players will fight it out for their respective titles of Intel Extreme Masters Season 8 World Champion. The event will take place in the Spodek Arena in Katowice March 14th ~ 16th where we are expecting 50,000 enthusiastic League of Legends and StarCraft II fans to show up for what is going to be an epic tournament.

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The League of Legends Championship tournament gets underway on March 14th with 8 teams battling to determine which two teams will vie for their share of the $150,000 in prize money.  Cloud 9, Taipei Assassins, Gambit Gaming, Team WE, Invictus Gaming, Millenium, Fnatic and KT Rolster Bullets are the teams that will clash in dual tournament format followed by what’s looking to be one of the strongest playoff brackets we’ve seen in a long time.

The championship tournament for Starcraft II will kick off on March 13th, a day before the official opening.  A double elimination bracket comprised of 16 players will determine the final two players in the $100,000 “Winner Takes All” final.

ESL TV will be there to broadcast both League of Legends and StarCraft II over the course of the tournament with the finals for both tournaments taking place on March 16th. The complete tournament schedule for both LOL and SC II can be found on the Intel Extreme Masters website.

As always we will have our Consumer Experience Zone setup where we will be showcasing the latest games running on the newest Intel processor powered devices: Desktop systems, Gaming Notebooks, 2-in-1 Ultrabooks, All-in-Ones and Tablets, a veritable cornucopia of sleek new devices.

This IEM World Championship is shaping up to be the best ever so if you can’t be there in person be sure to catch all the action on ESL TV and the Intel Extreme Masters website.

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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