We proudly announce the American Championship Finals of the fourth Intel Extreme Masters Season! The best American teams and players in Counter-Strike 1.6, World of Warcraft and Quake Live will compete from 11th until 13th of December in Edmonton, Canada. 53,000 USD prize money. The hottest eSports action in America!
We have to disqualify the French team WebOne from the running season of the Intel Extreme Masters 4. One of their players was caught cheating in an official match of the ESL Pro Series France. Therefore Stephane 'kristeN' Dos Santos receives 12 penalty points and is barred for 2 years. His team WebOne has to leave the Intel Extreme Masters and the ESL Pro Series France.
The American and European Championship World of Warcraft will start in a few weeks. But first of all we have to determine the participants. Therefore ingame-ladders will be set up for both regions, where eight teams each can qualify for their continental Championship joined by eight invited teams.
The European Championship Quake Live is about to start. Due to the huge interest and participation in our recent Quake Live events we will double the number of players taking part in the European Championship and attending the European Championship Finals.
The American Championship for Quake Live is ready to go as the schedule for the group stage is now finished. Griffin, relic, sparks and LoSt-CaUzE will open the American Championship on Thursday playing the first two matches. Until December 10th each Monday and Thursday two games will be played to determine the American Championship Finals participants.
Now it's time for some more decisions: Both the CS 1.6 Local Qualifier #2 and the Quake Live Groups A & C will end today and determine the next days participants in the Quake Live play offs as well as the CS Global Challenge featuring mousesports, SK Gaming and many more teams. Get the full coverage on our event page and, of course, live on ESL TV!
Today the third Global Challenge of Intel Extreme Masters Season 4 starts in Dubai with the first Local Qualifier in CS 1.6 as well as the groups B & D of Quake Live. Join us on the spot at Gitex Shopper in Dubai or see the best matches live on ESL TV! We will keep you up to date to all results, photos and backstage informations. Enjoy the show!
Global Challenge Dubai is just a few days ahead. Therefore we are giving you a quick overview regarding how the tournament system works and when the matches are going to be played. So get yourselves acquainted with the schedule and prepare for some heavy action in Counter-Strike and of course the very first Global Challenge QuakeLive LAN!
The groups for the Global Challenge Dubai, both Counter-Strike 1.6 and Quake Live, are here, seeing the Chengdu championsh SK heading in to the same group as Polish super team Vitriolic, while on the other hand we find Global Challenge Chengdu runnerup and third placer - fnatic and WeMade Fox - battling it out in the other group. As for Quake Live, we see some very interesting groups with rapha and Cooller to be found in Group A.
12 teams will compete for 25,000$ at the Global Challenge CS1.6 in Dubai. We will have 2 groups of 6 with four teams going into the playoffs. To assure fair and balanced groups we've created five seed pools. Each group will get one team out of each of the pools joined by one team each from the local qualifier. We will announce the groups on Today, October 13th at 18:00 cest on ESL TV.
You can be a part of the Intel Extreme Masters at the Global Challenge Dubai! The Quake Live Pro/Am Challenge is open for every visitor of the Gitex Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo. Two Counter-Strike-teams have the chance to join the Global Challenge and compete for $25,000 by winning of the local qualifiers.
The ninth and tenth. and therefore the last announced teams for Dubai will be Wemade Fox and KerchNET. To complete the dozen two more teams will be determined by a local qualifier at Intel Extreme Masters Dubai. While unfortunately the Koreans do not attend many tournaments outside of Asia, they always have been a dangerous opponent for Western teams.
For the Intel Extreme Masters Challenge in Dubai, a total of $31,500 will be rewarded to the best teams and players in Counter-Strike 1.6 and Quake Live, but even better, both winners receive an auto-berth into World Championship at CeBIT 2010 in Germany for a chance to be titled as the world champion!
Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge Dubai receives enhancement in terms of Team Alternate and fnatic. With these teams from Germany and Sweden we are now up to eight participants out of twelve. Tomorrow we will announce another two contenders while there will be two more and final teams, which have to qualify via a local tournament in Dubai.
The two latest additions to the Global Challenge in Dubai come in terms of Polish Vitriolic and Swedish MeetYourMakers. It will be the first tournament for both teams playing with their new name. Recently parts of Begrip joined together with ex-SK zet to reopen the MeetYourMakers CS squad. Four days before that Vitriolic signed the former Wicked team which used to play for MYM a while ago.
Today we present the complete prize money distribution of the European Championship. A total of $114,000 will be the prize pot the contestants of the European Championship of Intel Extreme Masters Season 4 will be competing for. Get the full distribution for Counter-Strike 1.6, World of Warcraft and Quake Live now!
On Thursday we will draw the groups for the Intel Extreme Masters American Championship for Quake Live and Counter-Strike 1.6 alongside the European Championship for Counter-Strike 1.6. Some of the best teams in the world will be put face to face, but who will play who for their spot in the Continental Championship? Find out only on ESL TV!
Mousesports from Germany and k23 from Kazakhstan join the Global Challenge Dubai lineup. Despite their disappointing outcome in Chengdu last week, mousesports is still one of the most feared teams in the world. At gamescom's Intel Extreme Masters SuperCup they proved themselves beating both fnatic and mTw.
All 16 players of the Global Challenge Quake Live have been announced one week ago. Today we start with the Counter-Strike participants for Dubai and will reveal two teams per day. The recently crowned champion of Chengdu, SK Gaming from Sweden, and one of Eastern Europe's finest teams, Virtus.pro, are the first two teams taking the challenge in the United Arab Emirates. Stay tuned for the upcoming announcements.
The last five matches will be played this evening and they sound exciting. Check out who's through the groupstage and who is unfortunate enough to be eliminated so close to it! Tonight, we will know all the European Championship teams.
Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge Chengdu is over. For three days the eSports champions met in China to compete for $65,000. WarCraft III had an impressive return and DotA made its debut to the fourth season of Intel Extreme Masters. Finally SK Gaming is the first team to be known for a Global Final participant at CeBIT 2010.
While Chengdu sleeps in preparation of the 3rd and final day of the Global Challenge, our report Julia "diejule" Christophers is giving us the rundown of today's happenings. What are Chinese fans like? How's the atmosphere at the venue? And what does Cassandra carry in her hand bag? Find out more in this blog.
On Tuesday, we've announced the addition of a Quake Live tournament to Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge Dubai. Up to 12 players were supposed to compete for 6,500$. But due to the overwhelming interest and amount of applications, the Global Challenge will now have 16 players in 4 groups of 4 with top 2 going into the playoffs.