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