Intel has been the sponsor of the ESL Premiership for the past 4 seasons, working alongside ESL UK to provide consistent opportunities for semi-professional players and talent. In 2018 ESL UK partnered up with Intel for a number of campaigns to highlight the potential in the UK esports scene, and will continue to do that in 2019.
Intel and ESL have a long standing partnership that has existed for nearly 20 years globally, with news announced early this year that Intel are investing an additional $100 Million for the next three years. The relationship allows for Intel UK and ESL UK to forge a similar long standing relationship which has helped nurture the growth of the ESL Premiership and local esports scene.
ESL UK started working with Intel all the way in 2014, and since then has been a crucial part of the UK and Irish scene, fostering semi-professional players and on air talent who have since moved on to international tournaments.
James Dean, the Managing Director of ESL UK, said:
‘Intel’s involvement since the early days of the ESL Premiership has provided so many opportunities for aspiring professional players and talent throughout the recent years. It’s tremendous news for the UK and Irish esports scene to see Intel extend its headline sponsorship for 2019; allowing for the collaboration of companies to create a really outstanding tournament on a whole new level’
With Intel being the headline sponsor for each of the seasons since the beginning of 2018, they have enabled the Premiership to grow alongside its community. ESL UK are proud to announce Intel are extending their headline sponsorship for the ESL Premiership into 2019.
Scott Gillingham, Intel UK Gaming & Esports Lead, said:
‘Intel is proud to be returning as the headline sponsor for the ESL UK Premiership in 2019. The partnership with ESL showcases our commitment to support the growth of esports to bring fans the biggest and best events globally and across the UK.
‘We are focused on giving our community a platform to develop skills, whilst working with partners to drive amazing experiences played on our Intel® Core i7 processors. Our work with ESL aims to develop the esports industry by showcasing current talent as well as searching for next stars across the UK. 2019 is going to be another great year for UK esports and we are very excited to be a key partner driving the success and growth of the sport‘
Future Generations was a campaign powered by Intel in 2018, where the esports pioneers chose an up-and-coming caster to join them in the ESL Arena at EGX in Birmingham to cast tournaments and conduct interviews for the broadcast and social media.
Thomas ‘TJDJ’ Phillips, the winner of Future Generation powered by Intel, said:
’Working with ESL and Intel at EGX was a phenomenal experience. The skills I learnt [...] have benefited me greatly by giving me a new found confidence in my own abilities as a caster. It's because of that and the amazing people I got to work with that I want to pursue a full time career in casting and earning a spot on that desk once more. The future looks bright and I look forward to what it brings.’
2018 was truly the Year of UK Esports (#yearofukesports) - but in order to grow and plan, we need to be able to appreciate the past. That’s why ESL UK partnered up with Intel to create a series of six videos to highlight important people and moments in the history of UK esports, ‘Memories Powered by Intel® Optane™.’
The ESL Premiership titles for 2019 - CS:GO and Rainbow Six Siege for the upcoming three seasons, with the prize pool of £78,500 with additional titles to be announced soon.
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