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ESL Arena to host 5,000 square meters of competitive gaming action at EGX 2017

Richard Simms
ESL UK Community Manager
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ESL UK has announced details of the ESL Arena’s UK debut at EGX 2017, the largest gaming show in the country. Powered by Intel, the ESL Arena is held at global gaming events such as gamescom giving fans the opportunity to experience a variety of esports entertainment and get hands-on with the latest competitive games and gear.

The ESL Arena will feature two huge stages for professional esports competitions: The Twitch Main stage and ESL Premiership stage. The Twitch Main stage powered by Intel, will feature a variety of esports competitions with some of the biggest names in UK gaming. The Premiership stage meanwhile will play host to two of the much-anticipated events in the ESL UK calendar, The ESL Premiership Finals for League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive! Finalists in the ESL Premiership matches will compete for prize money of over £20,000 and the opportunity to compete on a European level through the ESL’s path to pro initiative.

Alongside the Premiership we are featuring the Rainbow Six Siege: EGX Invitational, the UK’s first official Splatoon 2 tournament and the fight to be crowned best drone sim pilot in the world! Both stages will be livestreamed on Twitch’s social video platform with the Twitch Main stage airing exclusively on twitch.tv/twitch. The ESL Premiership stage streaming schedule can be found at esl.pm/egx.

For fans that want to get involved, the ESL Arena will also include:

  • Intel Experience Zone – Featuring a range of interactive demos powered by the latest Intel® Core™ i7 and i9 X-Series processors including Project Cars 2 in VR, Overwatch, Lone Echo and many more. Plus partake in the Intel Treasure Hunt to win big prizes each day.
  • Intel Streaming Zone – See the biggest stars of the UK gaming scene stream live, powered by Twitch and Intel. More details to be announced soon!
  • ESL Open LAN Area – Get stuck into the action and test your skills on titles such as Paladins and Hand Of The Gods with a massive 32 Alienware PC’s ready-to-play LAN tournament area.
  • Community Area – Try out the Oculus Rift and the greatest retro arcade machines in the country, supplied by Bespoke Arcades, with drinks provided by Red Bull.
  • Build a PC – Learn how to build a PC from scratch with ASUS. Tom Logan from OC3D will be holding sessions throughout the four days.
  • Expo – Test and purchase high end gaming gear and merchandise from the likes of Alienware, Corsair, HyperX, ZOTAC, MSI, Gigabyte, and the ESL Shop.

The ESL Arena is the first event of its kind in the UK supported by ESL’s global partnership with Intel.

We’re ecstatic to be partnering with EGX, Intel and Twitch to deliver what’s set to be the ultimate esports experience in this calendar year, The Arena is far more than just a tournament, it’s a full-360 celebration of all aspects of esports which promises something to see or do for all EGX visitors.
The ESL Arena would not be possible without Intel. ESL has recently entered into a global partnership with Intel after working together for over 10 years to hold incredible events such as Intel Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League, and many others. We’re thrilled to expand this partnership in the UK.”

- James Dean, Managing Director at ESL UK.

EGX 2017 will take place at the Birmingham NEC on the 21st to 24th of September. For more information visit the EGX website. Tickets for EGX are available to purchase here.