Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge Comes To An End
Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge here at the Eight China Digital Entertainment Expo wrapped up on Sunday with hard fought battles determining who will go to the World Finals at season’s end. All the results are posted on the official [ESL Intel Extreme Masters](http://www.esl-world.net/masters/) web site but here is a recap of the winners.
Fnatic MSI bested tyloo.raw to take the $14,000 first place prize in Counter-Strike
Lyn won out over ReMinD to take home the $2,000 check for Warcraft 3
EHOME took the battle to ToTeam for the $2,500 first prize for DotA.
Counter-Strike top three
Huge crowds were on hand during the 4 days of competition adding to the excitement in and around the competition arena. Things would get pretty frenetic when any one of the competitors was entering or trying to leave the gaming arena as fans would clamor for pictures and autographs, the professional gamers are quite the celebrities here in China. The real star of the event was the Intel Coreâ„¢ i7 Extreme processor, each and every game throughout the competition was run on a Coreâ„¢ i7 Extreme desktop system so the competitors experienced the best in gaming performance
There was one drawback to the large crowd and that was the inability of the buildings air conditioning to keep up with the heat entering the building through the constantly opening doors as people entered. The outside air temperature hovered at the 100Â°F mark with humidity at 75% so inside the hall was quite stuffy even with air conditioning, but the heat didn’t affect the enthusiasm of the people attending the event, our free gaming area was also crowded with visitors as well.
All though the Eight China Digital Entertainment Expo was mainly about gaming we did get to experience some ancient Chinese culture. The booth directly across the aisle from ours featured a lovely young lady playing an ancient Chinese musical instrument called a Zheng so we were treated to traditional Chinese music for a couple of hours each afternoon.
We also had the opportunity to experience some traditional Chinese cuisine as well with a delicious dinner of Peking Duck. Those of you who have had the pleasure of eating Peking Duck know what I’m talking about, for those of you who haven’t… don’t pass up an opportunity to try it.
So with the global Challenge completed we are looking forward to the second stop of the Intel Extreme Masters Series at [Gamescom](http://www.gamescom.de/en/gamescom/home/index.php) in Cologne, Germany August 18~22nd where the European Champions will be decided. See you there!