ESL's Intel Extreme Masters e-sports tournament comes to San Jose stadium this December

People who fill stadiums, a list: 1) ageing rock stars, 2) sports teams, and, as of this year, 3) wizards. We've already had Dota 2's International filling up Seattle's KeyArena. Now, ESL's Intel Extreme Masters tournament will use San Jose's SAP Center as the venue to find the world's best League of Legends and Starcraft 2 players.

"We are the first independent esports content creators to run an event of this scale inside a US sports stadium," explains ESL managing director Michal Blicharz in a press release. "It's a chance for gaming fans to prove that their hobby belongs in the spotlight."

Home to the San Jose Sharks—an NHL team, rather than actual sharks—the stadium has a capacity of between 17,000 and 19,000 people, depending on the event. The tournament will be held on 6-7 December, and will also be streamed on Twitch.

For more details, head over to the ESL Extreme Masters site .


Phil has been PC gaming since the '90s, when RPGs had dice rolls and open world adventures were weird and French. Now he's the deputy editor of PC Gamer; commissioning features, filling magazine pages, and knowing where the apostrophe goes in '90s. He plays Scout in TF2, and isn't even ashamed.
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