ESL, the world’s largest esports company, and Intel announced the tenth season of the longest running global esports tournament series, the Intel Extreme Masters. The elite pro gaming tour is set to bring together professional computer game players in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, StarCraft® II and League of Legends for several events across three different continents.
A decade of the Intel Extreme Masters elite pro gaming tour marks the return of Counter-Strike, which was a staple of the global competition series up until its sixth season. Michal Blicharz, Managing Director of Pro Gaming at ESL, said the following of the game’s return: “The success and the legacy of the Intel Extreme Masters was partly built on Counter-Strike and it’s a great feeling to go into the tenth season of the circuit with CS:GO back in it. Adding a third game makes this IEM season the largest in years!”
This year’s Intel Extreme Masters will also feature Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft II, returning for the sixth year. Blizzard’s games have been a part of the Intel Extreme Masters tournament series for all 10 seasons, beginning with Warcraft® III competition during its inaugural season. Publisher and developer Riot Games' MOBA League of Legends will also feature in season ten of the elite pro gaming tour. A vital component of the action since its debut in August 2011, the game celebrates its fifth year as part of the Intel Extreme Masters.