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Wladimir Klitschko opens Intel Extreme Masters 4
Wladimir Klitschko officially opens Intel Extreme Masters Season 4
As a mystery guest, world famous Wladimir Klitschko officially opens the 4th season of Intel Extreme Masters. Live on ESL TV and on stage, Klitschko -current holder of several world heavyweight titles- pulled the curtain of the famous Intel Extreme Masters champions trophy.
"Very similar to boxing", a very impressed Klitschko said about electronic sports. eSports keep surprising people from its incredible growth, and the heavyweight champion was no exception.
- "I am very impressed by the setup and the competition of Intel Extreme Masters as a whole."
The spectator area was packed with enthusiastic fans that kept on applauding the world famous boxer as he made his appearance on stage. Rounding up the appearance, Klitschko pulled away the curtain from the extremely prestigious Intel Extreme Masters trophy.
With this, the fourth season of Intel Extreme Masters is live!
Your chance to win an Intel i7 CPU
To celebrate the new season, we happily want to give out an Intel i7 Processor to the one that correctly gives us the answer of who Vitali Klitschko will be going head to head against in his next match!
Please write your answer in a comment in this news!
mousesports comes out victorious in Intel Extreme Masters SuperCup
Just recently, the grand final of the Intel Extreme Masters SuperCup was finished, as mousesports came out on top over mTw int.. After three close maps, the Germans can bring home the trophy and the $4,000 for their first place due to great teamplay, aim and the support from the fans on spot.
mTw int. will go up against mousesports after the second overtime against SK Gaming in an extraordinary thrilling match. SK, who played with Johan 'face' Klasson instead of Marcus 'zet' Sundström managed to snatch one map, and as the third map (inferno) moved in, two overtimes had to settle a winner.
The reason to why Face was covering for zet is due to a missed flight for the latter.
The grand final will be coming up shortly on ESL TV.
mousesports advance to grand final after fnatic takedown
Just recently, mousesports beat fnaticRC on stage and live on ESL TV to advance to the grand final and one step closer to the $4,000 that the winner takes home. Next up, SK Gaming and mTw int. will go up to determine who will play the Germans.
Stay tuned at ESL TV or pop in here at gamescom to see the match live!
The eSports Team of the Year just lost the first map of the Intel Extreme Masters CS 1.6 SuperCup. mousesports tried hard and scored 10 T-round that lead the way to their success on de_nuke. Now it's time for de_dust2 and the are already leading 8:1 as T.
The Intel Extreme Masters SuperCup will start any minute!
The last day of gamescom will start a little bit later than scheduled. The last preparations are done this minute and the show will start as soon as possible. We would like to apologize for the delay and wish you a good and thrilling day with the last day of gamescom and the Intel Extreme Masters SuperCup!
Today the Intel Extreme Masters SuperCup in Counter-Strike 1.6 will end the gamescom première in Cologne. This tournament will bring you the worlds best Counter-Strike 1.6 teams. mTw, mousesports, SK and last but not least the eSports Team of the Year fnatic will fight in Cologne for the $10,000 prize money. Who will make it to the top when the giants meet?
The grand final of the Quake Live Pro/Am Challenge was just played on stage, featuring rapha and noctis on stage and ESL TV. Four maps played, the American brings the gold medal home together with a solid $1,000 for his performance.
Three minutes befor the fourth map ended and rapha possibly had won the grand final the game crashed, when he was in frag advantage with 4:3 on Blood Run. Rapha already had won two maps before, while noctis was only successful on one map.
Final of Intel Extreme Masters Pro/Am Challenge starts
The final of the Intel Extreme Masters Pro/Am Challenge starts
Finally, the grand final is up! In an exciting tournament the two players rapha and noctis were able to defeat their opponents and go to the grand final of this very first Quake Live Challenge. The match will be shown at ESL TV, don't miss it!
The third place decider in the Global Challenge World of WarCraft has been settled, as plan B.wow overcomes to obstacle in iNNERFiRE with a 4-2 score. This means that the Austrians are $1,200 richer, while the previous European Champion iNNERFiRE ends up at $800.
The Intel Extreme Masters Season 4 opening ceremony featuring heavyweight titleholder in boxing; Wladimir Klitschko, is now subtitled to English. For all of you who would like to understand more of what was said during the occasion, here is the youtube clip again!
rapha challenges noctis in QL Grand Final; both swedes eliminated
The semi finals of the Quake Live Pro/Am Challenge are finished, and both Swedish representatives, fox and Spart1e, fell on the finish line and are eliminated. Instead, rapha and noctis goes head to head on the stage and on ESL TV tomorrow at 12:35 CET.
Unless you are unable to turn up at gamescom tomorrow, Make sure to tune in to ESL TV as the two best players in the world duke it out for the total amount of $1,000!
After an exciting grand final featuring Ensidia and aAa nawaK, the first mentioned comes out victorious from the first Global Challenge of Intel Extreme Masters season 4 and earned themselves €4,000 for their troubles. aAa nawaK settles with €2,000 while the third place match is yet to be played.
If you would like to see all matches over and over again, stay tuned for all the ESL TV VoD's!
Ensidia heading into grand final after plan B beating
Just recently, Ensidia claimed the victory against Austrian plan B.wow in the first semi final of World of WarCraft. After a 4-1 score, Ensidia is heading into the grand final facing either aAa nawaK or iNNERFiRE.
plan B will play again the loser of the previously mentioned match to settle a third placer.
Update:aAa nawaK comes out victorious over iNNERFiRE and advance in to the grand final to face Ensidia. The Bulgarians will face plan B in the third place match.
On Friday we will have the Intel Extreme Masters Season 4 Pro/Am Challenge on our booth on gamescom. 16 players will fight for $1.000 prize money and the winner will get it all. The tournament will be single elimination and each match will be best of three. The final match will be played best of five.
Group B was recently finished and iNNERFiRE and plan B.wow advance after a three way tie together with holding places. As all German teams are eliminated, we are looking to go into the playoffs tomorrow together with the four best teams of the event.
Group A of the Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge in World of WarCraft is over, and Ensidia is the team coming out on top after winning all their matches. aAa nawaK is following shortly after two wins against the German representation, Payback time and NOP.
Just for the gamescom Intel, Dell and EA have tied a great prize package, which you can win at the DELL raffle! The XPS 630 gaming machine is powered by an Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9400. State of the art graphics, 8GB of memory and a complete 5.1 sound system ensure the highest quality gaming experience out there!
For all information on how to get the DELL XPS 630 read this news.
Ensidia, aAa, SK-Gaming, iNNERFiRE battle it out on first day WoW Group Stage
The first day is right on the edge of starting, and today, Intel Extreme Masters will be focusing on the World of WarCraft Global Challenge Group Stage, holding world class teams such as Ensidia, aAa, SK-Gaming and iNNERFiRE.
Mystery VIP will open Intel Extreme Masters season 4
A mysterious celebrity will open the fourth season of the global league of eSports champions.
On Thursday, the second day of gamescom 2009 in Cologne the fourth Intel Extreme Masters season will start. The opening ceremony will have a huge surprise. The competition for the major stars in esports will be opened by a star in sports.
The Mystery VIP's name will not be revealed until the opening ceremony itself at 15:00 CET at the ESL stage in gamescom's Hall 9. If you cannot make it there, then head on over to the live ESL TV stream over here.
gamescom is the host for the first Global Challenge of the next Intel Extreme Masters season consisting of five events, and $500,000 in total prize money. Teams of World of Warcraft, Counter-Strike 1.6 and Quake Live players will battle it out in Cologne, Germany, from August 19th to 23rd, for a total of $21,000!
During ESL's press conference at the ESL stage at gamescom Michal 'Carmac' Blicharz announced the dates of the upcoming Global Challenges, Continental Championship dates and the World Championship. Plans to include Australia and New Zealand into the new season were also announced.
Intel Extreme Masters IV - The events
August 20-23 2009 - Global Challenge Cologne gamescom
October 1-3rd 2009 - Global Challenge Chengdu
November 2009 - American Championship finals
Februrary 12-14th 2010 - Asian Championship finals
March 4-7th 2010 - European Championship and World Championship Finals
More events could be added to the Season 4 calendar but were not announced at this point. Stay tuned for more information.
Shawn and 2GD breaks down Global Challenge WoW Participants
A video introducing all the WoW teams for GamesCom hosted by WoW Head Admin David 'Shawn' Kugelman and WoW expert James '2GD' Harding has been posted on youtube. It is high time to get ready for this weekends show down, and what better way is there than to get an introduction to all teams? Learn everything about the teams, lineups and their chances on becoming champions!
bodzo drops out of Intel Extreme Masters Pro/Am Challenge
The Polish QuakeLive player bodzo will not be able to attend the Intel Extreme Masters Pro/Am Challenge at gamescom this weekend. Exact reasons for his drop-out have not been reported. As soon as his slot has been filled again, we will let you know.
rapha, Purri, bodzo & d1ablo joining the tournament
Since we have got so much feedback for our first Intel Extreme Masters Quake Live Pro/Am Challenge we have decided to add more players, considering that some of them were not able to participate in the qualifiers due to attendance at QuakeCon.
The QuakeCon champion rapha, Purri, bodzo and d1ablo are four invited players, which will compete at the Quake Live Pro/Am Challenge at gamescom on Friday, August 21st. Stay tuned to see some more famous invitees.
Offline sign up on Friday
At least four more slots will be awarded in a lottery on Friday, directly at the fair. On our booth in Hall 09.1 (B 42 / B 43) at the Turtle Entertainment Press area you will find a login station where you can register your event visit. There you'll be able to sign up on Friday morning until 11.30am.
All players who signed up will take part in a lottery at the Player's Chillout Area on the right hand side of the main stage on 12.30pm. All players have to be there, if they don't show up another player will be taken from the lottery until all slots are filled.
Tournamentsettings & Rules
The tournament will now feature 16 players and will be played single elimination. The final will be played best-of-five, but all other rounds will be best-of-three, there won't be a match for third place. The $1.000 prize money will be awarded entirely to the overall winner of the tournament. Already qualified players are draven, noctis, Taake and strenx, more details about other players will be announced soon.
Maps: Maps will be decided by elimination. An admin will toss a coin and the loser of the coin toss will start the elimination. Each player then eliminates 2 maps from the pool. In the next step the loser of the coin toss will pick the 1st map and then the winner of the coin toss picks the 2nd map. The remaining map will be the 3rd map.
The map pool consists of:
Lost World (qzdm13)
Vertical Vengeance (qztourney4)
Furious Heights (qztourney7)
House of Decay (qztourney9)
Players are free to use their own configuration files and manipulate their HUD as long as no unfair advantage is gained, they have to consult the admin team prior to their matches to see whether their changes are O.K. to use. All players can take one timeout per map and all matches are played on German Servers located in Frankfurt.
strenx, smoke, noctis, draven qualify to Pro/Am Challenge
strenx and Taake together with noctis and draven take the the four spots from the online qualifications for the Intel Extreme Masters Quake Live Pro/Am Challenge. We will see all four of them at GamesCom competing for the $1,000 that is at stake.
Along with the quartet we will have another four joining in from the sign ups at the venue. The showdown will take place at Friday, 21st, starting the first round 13:30 CET, finishing for the day at 16:00 CET. The Grand Final is scheduled for Saturday 12:35 CET.
The Intel Extreme Masters SuperCup will be the first event for SK Gaming's new lineup
It was announced that zneel would join SK Gaming from Begrip after the departure of Tentpole. The new SK player is being thrown to deep waters as his first official match with the Swedish team will be the SuperCup semi final against the European Champions mTw int..
Despite rumours about RobbaN also leaving SK Gaming, Tentpole was the only one to be replaced. The Sweden had been with SK Gaming since the 2007 Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge in Los Angeles.
The Intel Extreme Masters SuperCup will take place on Sunday, August 23, starting with game fnaticRC vs. mousesports at 09:45 CET, following by game SK Gaming vs. mTw int. at 12:10 CET.
The group stage will be played throughout Thursday, starting 10:30 CET, and ending 17:15 CET. The Semi Finals, Finals and third place match will take place on Friday, starting once again at 10:30 with the first matches.
First matches in the Intel Extreme Masters SuperCup
As gamescom draw closer, we now have new information about the Intel Extreme Masters SuperCup to satisfy all hungry Counter-Strike fans. The matches will be played Best-of-Three (bo3) and in single elimination.
It's time to start practicing, as Intel Extreme Masters European National Cups in Counter-Strike will be starting in mid August to determine the national representatives for the Intel Extreme Masters European Championship. Here you find all the information you need in order to partake in your national qualifications.
First stage of Counter-Strike is nationally based
If you are not aware of the system of Intel Extreme Masters, it always starts out on a national basis. Based on previous seasons, all countries have a number of slots to fight for in the international qualifiers. The international qualifiers consist of two rounds (QR1, QR2), where the teams that manage to win their matches will head into the European Counter-Strike Championship.
ESL Pro Series or National Cups
Just like in previous seasons, ESL Pro Series serves as a nationally based ranking, in which the top teams will automatically claim the international qualifier spots that the particular country claimed. If your country did not finish an EPS season including Counter-Strike this year (2009), you will be able to win championship title in your National Cup. These cups will start in mid August and last until mid September.
Where do I get more information about my national qualification? This is information that will be handed out in your country section at ESL. Keep an eye out there to see when your nation starts the qualifiers!
Based on previous seasons, all countries that will partake are ranked and have different numbers of slots in the Qualifier Rounds (QR1, QR2) and some of the best countries even get immediate spots in the Intel Extreme Masters European Championship. For particularly small countries, an international qualifier will be held. See the full country rankings here.
36 best to the European Championships
In mid September, we are all set to head into the European Championships consisting of the 36 best teams across the continent. In six groups of six, the twelve best teams will advance to the finals taking place offline!
Qualify for Intel Extreme Masters Pro/Am Challenge
Our very first Intel Extreme Masters Pro/Am Challenge will take place on the GamesCom fair in Cologne on the 21st of August. There eight players will have the chance to win $1.000 and to win one of the first Quake Live live event tournaments. As preparation for that event we will have two qualification cups, in each of them you can win a spot for the final tournament on GamesCom. The last four spots for the tournament will be awarded to the first four sign ups on our booth.
Intel Extreme Masters Pro/Am Challenge
The Quake Live Intel Extreme Masters Pro/Am Challenge will be played on Friday, 21st August while we will keep the Grand Final for Saturday, 22nd August. The winner of the tournament will also take home $1.000. The grand final will be shown live on stage and on ESL TV.
A total of eight players will take part in the tournament, four players will come from the online qualification cups and four players can sign up directly at the fair. The sign up will be located on our booth, the ESL Intel Gamezone, there will be an event login computer. The first four players to sign up there will be invited to take part in the tournament, if they can’t be reached at the start of the tournament, the next signed up player will be invited. Sign up will start with open-doors on Friday, the second public visitors’ day.
There will be two qualification cups, both will be single elimination and best-of-three. The top two of each cup will be qualified for the Intel Extreme Masters Pro/Am Challenge on Gamescom. Due the lack of time, both cups are scheduled to be played completely on one day.
Quake Live 1on1 IEM Pro-Am Challenge Qualification #1
Date: Wednesday, 12.08.09 8.00pm to 11.30pm Number of Participants: 32 players Gamesettings: Duel, Best of Three Timelimit: 10 Minutes per Map Mappool: Campgrounds Redux (qzdm6), Lost World (qzdm13), Vertical Vengeance (tourney4), Furious Heights (tourney7), Blood Run (ztntourney1)
Signups are already open and will close one hour before the first round. Up to 64 players can sign up, but all signed up players have to confirm their participation with a checkin, thirty minutes before the start of the first round. The first 32 players to check in will take part in the cup. The check in will last from 7:30pm to 7:50pm.
Sign Up Now! (sign up is open from 06.08.09 6:00pm to 12.08.09 7:00pm)
Quake Live 1on1 IEM Pro-Am Challenge Qualification #2
Date: Sunday, 16.08.09 6:00pm to 10:00pm Number of Participants: 128 players Settings: Duel, Best of Three Timelimit: 10 Minuten per Map Mappool: Campgrounds Redux (qzdm6), Lost World (qzdm13), Vertical Vengeance (tourney4), Furious Heights (tourney7), Blood Run (ztntourney1)
Signups are already open and will close one hour before the first round. Up to 128 players can sign up, but all signed up players have to confirm their participation with a checkin, thirty minutes before the start of the first round. The first 64 players to check in will take part in the cup. The check in will last from 5:30pm to 5:50pm.
Sign Up Now! (sign up is open from 06.08.09 6:00pm to 16.08.09 5:00pm)
Meeting point for all players is #esl.quakelive at QuakeNet. All players have to be there during cup times, players that won't show up in the channel will receive a forfeit loss. In the channel we will also announce more details about the cup schedule and will help you with problems.
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GamesCom opens fourth Intel Extreme Masters season
GamesCom has officially been announced as the host for the first Global Challenge of the next Intel Extreme Masters season consisting of five events, and $500,000 in total prize money. Teams of World of WarCraft, Counter-Strike and Quake Live will battle it out in Cologne, Germany, from August 19th to 23rd, for a total of $21,000!
GamesCom hosts first Global Challenge
It is now official that the first Global Challenge will take place in the Intel Gamezone during GamesCom in Cologne, Germany, from August 19th to 23rd. During the Thursday and Friday, World of WarCraft professionals will battle it out for the $10,000 prize money that is at stake.
Apart from our former titles CS and WoW, we will also host the QuakeLive Intel Extreme Masters Pro/Am Challenge, where Quake Live fanatics from the crowd can participate. Winner takes $1,000 for his troubles.
Aside of World of WarCraft, the Intel Extreme Masters Super Cup in Counter-Strike take place on Sunday August 23rd. Four of the best teams in the world will go up in a challenge to determine the best team! Apart from the honor of being the best, the challenge includes an appealing $10,000 in cash prizes.
The four invited teams are the IEM World Champions (fnatic), IEM European Champions (mTw), hosting nation champions (mousesports) and the highest ranked international team (SK Gaming).
Additionally, information about the fourth season of Intel Extreme Masters has finally arrived, as it is now determined that a total prize pool of $500,000 will be delivered for the triple continental eSports league.
The Intel Extreme Masters season will consist of at least six events, including the European, Asian and American Championships, at two or more Global Challenges and the World Championship in 2010.
Intel Extreme Masters at GamesCom Dates: August 19th-23rd Prize Pool: $21,000 Games: World of WarCraft, Counter-Strike, Quake Live Venue: ESL Intel Gamezone - Hall 09.1 Booth C061a
GamesCom, Cologne, Germany Coverage
Previously announced tournament that will take place during GamesCom includes European Nations Championship and EMS Female 1.6 Finals. Slide over to the coverage with the link below to find out more about brackets, schedules and participants!