Intel Announce the Worldwide VR Challenger League

"This year, we have chose to take our commitment to the next level", Intel CMO Steven Fund said in a statement.

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Acting as ESL's global technical partner, Intel will provide all tournament's PCs, as well as high-performance processors to ensure "optimal streaming". Qualifying events include the Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro League and DreamHack Masters series.

The two companies also revealed Monday that Intel Grand Slam for "Counter Strike: Global Offense", will award a $1 million prize to the first team that wins four "CS:GO" competitions by ESL and DreamHack in a 12-month period. The first event to count towards the Grand Slam prize will be the upcoming $250,000 ESL One Cologne, which will take place at the Lanxess Arena from July 7-9.

Any team that can defeat any potential Intel Grand Slam victor, however, will earn $100,000.

Intel announced an exclusive partnership with Electronic Sports League (ESL) at its press briefing today ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. They'll receive $100,000 just for getting in that team's way, as long as they aren't also on the verge of winning with three tournament wins in the series.

Intel's Senior Vice President and General Manager Gregory Bryant commented: "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. We are excited to level-up our partnership with ESL, invest into the development of future esports stars, and create premier events like the Intel® Grand Slam".

Thanks to Intel, there's a ton of money on the line for CS:GO teams this year.

  • Carolyn Briggs