Intel Extreme Masters E-Sports League Comes to New York

09/21/2011 by Pete Davison | Source: Gamepro

The New York Comic Con takes place at the Javits Center in NYC between October 13 and 16 this year, and will be playing host to the sixth season of the Intel Extreme Masters global video game league. For the 2011/12 season, the league has a total prize purse of around $635,000, cementing its reputation as one of the most prominent international tournaments for pro gamers worldwide.

Specifically, Comic Con will play host to the Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge tournament, which will give participants the opportunity to win a share of $93,000 and the opportunity to compete in the World Championship set to be held next year in Hanover, Germany. The Global Challenge will host competitions in three different disciplines: Counter-Strike 1.6, StarCraft 2 and League of Legends.

Counter-Strike players are in for a particular treat at the competition, as Valve's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developers will be in attendance. Several weeks ago, reports arose that Valve had been inviting top Counter-Strike: Source players to visit its Seattle HQ to give feedback on an early version of the game. As the game creeps closer to its release in the first quarter of next year, it seems Valve will be seeking the feedback of the world's top Counter-Strike 1.6 players.

Find out more about the Intel Extreme Masters here, and the New York Comic Con here.