The Intel Extreme Masters, one of the premier events in esports, is coming to California December 6th through 7th, featuring competition in StarCraft II and League of Legends. For the uninitiated, the Intel Extreme Masters is a high-level video game competition featuring people furiously smashing their keyboards in an attempt to crush other people furiously smashing their keyboards. Competitive gaming has been growing in popularity for quite some time, with flavors for every type of gaming aficianado. For those who prefer two player brawlers, EVO fills the gap. For those who prefer making unsubstantiated claims about 360 no scopes, there are several FPS events held under the MLG banner.
This year’s Intel Extreme Masters San Jose event features several highly regarded League of Legends teams, the best in StarCraft II players, and $75,000 dollars in prize money for the competition. The teams are comprised of players from all over the world, representing the global nature of the expanding esports industry.
In addition, the competition itself is looking to globalization efforts for the world gaming community, making it accessible to fans while still retaining the “hardcore” elements that made it popular in the first place. Michal ‘Carmac’ Blicharz, the “man in charge,” elaborates on this vision:
What makes us special is the truly global nature of our event series. Our goal with the Intel Extreme Masters is to create unforgettable esports experiences and bring them to gamers everywhere in the world, including places where fans don’t normally get to see global esports superstars in person. It does not matter where you live – we want you to be able to have your name engraved on the Intel Extreme Masters trophy, one of the most prestigious prizes in video games.
So whether you’re already in the loop of the esports movement, or you can barely wrap your head around the fact that people actually pay to watch other people play video games, keep your eyes peeled for heated mouse clicking and keyboard tapping coming to San Jose this weekend.