Intel and ESL Extend Esports Partnership With $100 Million Investment

Intel Extreme Masters 2013 (Piotr Drabik / Flickr)

Computing giant Intel (INTC) has extended its partnership with ESL, the world’s largest esports organizer and production company, and $100 million will be invested by the companies to shape the future landscape of esports over the next three years.

According to a recent announcement, the continued investment will go towards the Intel Extreme Masters, the longest running pro esports circuit now in its 14th season, in addition to various ESL live esports circuits, including the ESL One powered by Intel and the CS:GO Pro League.

Intel will continue to act as the ESL’s technical partner, where it will provide high-level hardware including the Intel Core i9 Processor and Intel Xeon processors. Ultimately, both companies plan to expand and introduce esports to new global regions, which includes the hosting of large-scale esports events.

“This joint investment with ESL into the ecosystem means that the esports growth and innovation that we’ve led over the past two decades will continue,” said John Bonini, the vice president and general manager of VR, gaming and esports at Intel. “This partnership will advance the rapid evolution of esports, and Intel is committed to ushering in this new era with technology solutions that place the gaming community and fans first.”

Intel and ESL have been partners for 18 years running, and daily visitors to the 10 ESL mega-events surged to 15,000 in 2018.

More: Intel and ESL extend partnership to invest $100 million in esports
Similar: MLG Co-Founder Mike Sepso Launches Esports Advisory Firm
Photo: Piotr Drabik / Flickr

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