ESL eSports Intel Extreme Masters At San Jose 18,000 Seat Stadium

By   /   Sep 17, 2014

It sounds like we’re announcing new eSports tournaments all the time now, but brand ESL isn’t slowing down and keeps putting some up, so we’re obliged to let you know. In its latest effort, the company will set up a new Intel Extreme Masters event, this time hosted in the US, in San Jose.

Moreover, the competition will be hosted in the largest venue it has ever been held, hoping to pack the SAP Center, home of the San Jose Sharks ice hockey team. It’s also known as the Shark Tank due to its sports background.

Game fans will be able to take up 18,000 seats in this arena, which makes it one of the largest eSports happenings in North America.

Sponsor Intel has a long history with eSports. Its partnership with ESL counts as one of the longest running collaborations for game competitions.

Intel Extreme Masters in San Jose will have League of Legends and Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm competitions. Games will be broadcast on Twitch, as per the usual model, which is expected to rake in 4.5 million viewers.

This news of a new event in the US comes just after ESL dropped a milestone prior to New York Comic-Con, with a Dota 2 tournament held at the iconic Madison Square Garden. There, it chose for a smaller theater venue, but it’s still a central location when it comes to visiblity.

ESL additionally has its hands on a lot of different games. It’s also helping out Wargaming with its competitive games and even recently partnered with Bandai Namco for a Naruto fighting game league.