ESL and Intel pledge US$100m to esports in three-year extension – SportsPro Media

ESL and Intel pledge US$100m to esports in three-year extension – SportsPro Media

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New deal prolongs ‘longest running partnership’ in competitive gaming industry.

ESL and Intel pledge US$100m to esports in three-year extension

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  • Three-year deal runs from 2022 up to and including the 2025 Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice
  • US$100m investment to bring ‘further product innovations’ and improvements for fans and players
  • ESL and Intel have so far collaborated on 82 events across 15 seasons

Esports organiser and production company ESL Gaming and technology giant Intel have agreed a three-year renewal of their sponsorship agreement.

The new deal will start in 2022 and run up to and including the 2025 Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) in Katowice, Poland, during which time the pair plan to invest US$100 million in esports.

The two parties said the investment will bring ‘further product innovations’ and improvements for fans and players of competitive gaming. Both brands will also continue to deliver technology solutions to power all pro-level tournaments and events.

Another part of the agreement will see all non-league ESL Pro Tour circuit CS:GO tournaments rebranded under the IEM brand, including ESL One Cologne. The partnership is also being expanded to include DreamHack Open and DreamHack Festivals for the first time.

The new deal marks a continuation of what the pair claim is the longest running partnership in the esports industry, dating back two decades. Intel supported ESL’s early events before becoming the official title sponsor of IEM in 2006. In 2016, the relationship
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