With more than $500,000 on the line, $100,000 for the winner takes all Starcraft 2 tournament, four tournaments and the World Championship up for grabs for the eight season of Intel Extreme Masters, ReDeYe is going to be a busy man for four days!
And that’s not all, the tournament, for the first time ever, will be held in the Spodek arena in Katowice, scene of the Intel Extreme Masters stop last year but this year upgraded to host the World Championship.
The tournaments are split across Starcraft 2, League of Legends, CS:GO and Hearhstone too with more than half a million dollars in prize money and the title of IEM World Champion for 2014.
The event runs from 13th March to 16th March and will be broadcasted live around the world on Twitch TV. It will also witness one of the biggest crowds of the year in the giant arena, often used for major music gigs including Justin Bieber.
Paul will be hosting the Starcraft action and helping out on the Hearthstone on the final day as well as hiring and looking after more than 22 people in the talent crew, it promises to be one of the biggest esports events of all time.
With the esports season fully back under way in 2014, the events start coming thick and fast for ReDeYe now and today will see the start of the four day Intel Extreme Masters Cologne event for Starcraft 2 begin. Some of the very best players in the world will be competing for the £25k prize, but also the final two slots available for the winner takes all tournament at the world championship in four weeks time.
ReDeYe will once again be hosting Starcraft alongside commentary team Apollo, Kaelaris, ToD and Ret.
You can find all the information you need including brackets, results, live stream and photographs over at the IEM website.
The Intel Extreme Masters is slowly winding down towards the World Championship in March, but still two events remain. The next stop comes at the end of January in Brazil, where ReDeYe will once again return to host the stage for both League of Legends and Starcraft 2.
The action kicks off on 28th January with League of Legends before turning attention to Starcraft 2 on 30th January and ending on February 1. Once again, ReDeYe will be surrounded by a huge pool of talent in both games including Apollo, Kaelaris, Rotterdam and ToD for Starcraft 2 and three, as yet unannounced League casters.
For more information on the event, participants and times, head over to the main Intel Extreme Masters page.
ReDeYe will be conducting an AMA on Reddit today in r/gaming. Paul has had a long career in esports, dating back to the early days as a player in 1996 and being involved in esports at the highest level since 2002 as a commentator, host and presenter on TV across the globe.
He was asked to do an AMA several times in 2013 but didn’t find the time, but with the off season in January will finally answer questions about esports and his career.
You can find the AMA here.
Feel free to x-post to other sub reddits if you feel it would be interesting!
I wanted to say a big thank you to all of you who have tuned in to shows and events this year regardless of game and thank all of you for the amazing support and friendliness from everyone in esports that you have shown me this year.
I hope you had an amazing 2013 and look forward to an even more remarkable 2014 in esports, it’s only getting bigger!
Thank you, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
p.s. Yes, all three pictures are of me…