Intel teams with ESL for $1 million CS:GO championship
13 June, 2017, 11:04 | Author: Jacqueline Ellis
The company states that this step will help grow and develop esports to a whole new echelon.
Intel has teamed up with ESL to bring the Intel Grand Slam. "This year, we have chose to take our commitment to the next level", Intel CMO Steven Fund said in a statement. Intel'stechnology will make up the backbone of ESL'sesports events, studios and broadcasting operations, with all amateur and pro tournament PCs running the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processors and all of ESL's production hardware running on a combination of Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon® processors.
Intel will provide all of the gaming PCs to each player and team, with Senior VP and General Manager of the Client Computing Group at Intel, Gregory Bryant, saying: "Intel's involvement in esports and the gaming community has spanned more than 15 years, and we're always looking for ways to take the player and fan experience to the next level".
The Grand Slam is a $1 million prize, awarded on top of the regular tournament prizes, awarded to the first team that can win four out of the last ten $200,000 CS:GO events held between Dreamhack and ESL.
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The first event was the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, for which G2 took home the victory. That means that if a team ends up winning three tournaments but is defeated in the fourth, the opposing team will get the $100,000 prize, as long as they, too, aren't close to winning the Intel Grand Slam title.
The first Grand Slam eligible event will be ESL One Cologne in July a mere week before the PGL Major.
He continued: "We've been building the esports industry together with Intel for the last 15 years, and now look forward to building the future with Intel integrated into nearly every ESL product globally".
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