Don Bowden

Intel Extreme Masters, Some Assembly Required

As you can see by the picture, Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge here in Cologne is pretty darn popular, this was Fridays crowd watching the competition, Saturdays was bigger! So you may wonder what goes into putting on an Intel Extreme Masters? A lot of work, and literally, a ton of computers.

Typically we start setting up the competition area and free gaming zone 3 to 4 days before the event start, for gamescom we started 7 days before the event.

How much equipment does it take to support the event? For each Intel Extreme Masters event we send 60 Core i7 Extreme desktop computers, 28 Core i7 laptop computers, 35 Core 2 laptop computers (these drive digital signage), 42 flat panel monitors, 24” and 47 LCD TV’s, 46” and these are just for the free gaming zone. Oh yeah, and the two F1 simulators.

But wait, there’s more. To support the competition area we send 67 Core i7 Extreme desktop computers, 31 Core 2 laptop computers, 62 flat panel monitors, 24” and 12 LCD TV’s, 46”. We also send enough keyboards, mice, video switches, network equipment, power strips and miscellaneous pieces and parts to support both the competition area and the free gaming zone.

And the personnel, we can’t forget the people that support the event… 12 construction workers to assemble the structures, 10 people from Intel (techs and marketing types), 15 people from Electronic Sports League to support the gaming competition, 15 local students to support the various games in the free gaming zone and one blogger… me.

As you can imagine putting on a successful Extreme Masters is no small feat, but we all love doing it, the passion of the competitors, and spectators, is incredible, hard to believe but it tops any other sporting event I’ve attended.

So I didn’t do any updates on the competition in this post, for an in depth look at who is winning and losing just go to the Extreme Masters web site, it’s all there in more detail than I could provide.

Photo by Jan Richard Wirth

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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 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.

4 Responses to Intel Extreme Masters, Some Assembly Required

  1. anna midnight says:

    i bought netgear push2tv and i cant get intel wireless display on my laptop??? is there a download for this my laptop is intel core i3 toshiba L675… i am very dissaapointed… hope you can help… anna

    • DonBowden says:

      Hi Anna,

      Does your laptop have a WiDi sticker indicating Wireless Display is installed on the laptop? Did the place you purchased it from tell you it was Wireless Display enabled? If the laptop did not come with Wireless Display installed from the factory you will need to check with either Netgear or Toshiba to see if there is a download available to install the necessary software to enable your laptop to communicate with the Netgear Push2tv.

      Hope this helps,


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