Intel Extreme Masters: Top class in the Electronic Sports League
Do Warcraft, Counter Strike or Cross Fire sound like parts of a military strategy to you? If so, you have definitely never heard of the Electronic Sports League. All of the aforementioned are highly competitive computer games where virtual wizards from all over the world fight against each other or imaginative armies. The popularity of the video games led to the foundation of the Electronic Sports League in 2000, a worldwide league where an annual champion is crowned. In worldwide satellite tournaments, the best of players qualify for the finals, the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. Thanks to sponsors like Intel, the finals have turned into major events with thousands of spectators at the location and millions watching on live streams. Don’t miss out on this spectacle and buy or sell Intel Extreme Masters tickets here at StubHub.
Taking video gaming to the extreme
The history of the Electronic Sports League, in short ESL, goes back to 1997 when Ralf Reichert founded to German Clan League, or DeCL, an early form of eSports tournaments. With the advance of the internet and game design, they decided to take the league global and rebranded DeCL into the Electronic Sports League. Today the league hosts a vast range of worldwide tournaments on the latest computer video games, as well as on some of the best classics. The top level of the ESL are the Intel Extreme Masters – abbreviated IEM – which were held in 2007 for the first time. Each year, the best players qualify for the IEM World Championship via regional tournaments that are held in every corner of the world. The tournament games change on a yearly basis, seeing epic video games such as Counter Strike, Warcraft, StartCraft or League of Legends become the centre of heated competitions. Until 2013, the finals were held at CeBit in Hanover, Germany but were moved to the Polish city of Katowice in 2014. Over the years, the league has developed into a huge global competition with annually increasing prize pools. As of 2017, over $5 million in prize money have gone to the best players of the season. With sponsors such as Intel and Acer, the tournament has received the required backing to turn the IEM into an international event. Attendance numbers are over 100,000 whereas online viewership goes well into the millions, which is proof that the championship is deservedly so the longest running event series in the history of video games. Get your Intel Extreme Masters tickets right here at StubHub.
Intel Extreme Master: A must event for video gamers
Not just the IEM World Championship, but also the satellite tournaments are thrilling events that any avid video gamer loves to attend. The most epic games are played by some of the greatest gaming wizards of all ages and nationalities, making the championship a truly global phenomenon. Other exciting video game leagues which might interest you are the Esports Championship Series, the Call of Duty Championship or the Moche XL Esports. Purchase your Intel Extreme Masters tickets now at StubHub to see master gamers do their magic.