ESL announces Intel Grand Slam series, $1 million up for grabs
The first team to win four of ten select tournaments will be awarded the million-dollar bonus on top of tournament earnings.
Intel has posed a challenge to top-tier teams: if one team can win four of the ten DreamHack or ESL tournaments that have a $200,000+ prize pool first (and within a 12-month period), that team gets the honour of being the first Intel Grand Slam champions and take home a massive $1 million bonus. The bonus is on top of the $800,000+ prize pool winnings that the Grand Slam team would have earned in those four tournaments required to take the title.
If a team does complete the challenge, the scores are wiped and the quest for four wins begins anew. If a team that isn't on their third tournament win blocks another team from completing their grand slam, the underdog takes home $100,000 and the race continues.
Only three tournaments have been identified as part of the Intel Grand Slam series at this time:
- ESL One Cologne - July 7-9
- DreamHack Masters Malmö - August 30 - September 3
- ESL One New York - September 16-17
The announcement was made at E3, where CEO of Turtle Entertainment - the company that owns ESL - Craig Levine announced both the Grand Slam and the extension of Intel's 15-year partnership with ESL. In an upgrade to their business relationship, Intel will become ESL's official technology partner, supplying ESL's gaming and production machines with Intel processors.
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