03.04.2014

ESL Partners with Blizzard Entertainment to operate StarCraft® II World Championship Series America

WCS America To Be Held at ESL’s New Studio in Los Angeles, California

(Los Angeles) April 2, 2014 – The ESL is pleased to announce that it has entered a partnership with Blizzard Entertainment to operate the StarCraft® II World Championship Series (WCS) America effective immediately. ESL will continue to operate WCS Europe. The announcement comes after ESL’s reveal of their new facilities in the US.

WCS America will be held in the newly-built, state-of-the-art ESL TV Studios in Los Angeles, California. The 7,000 square foot venue will double not only as a broadcast studio, but also as an event location, capable of hosting hundreds of live spectators.

"ESL has always been a great partner for Blizzard eSports. They've consistently produced high-quality and entertaining events such as WCS Europe and the Intel Extreme Masters series, and we're looking forward to seeing them bring their expertise with StarCraft II eSports to WCS America," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment.

“We are very proud to be extending our partnership with Blizzard onto WCS America. We want the new ESL studios in California to be home to the finest eSports competitions and WCS America is the best possible start for us," said Michal Blicharz, Director of Pro Gaming at ESL.

WCS America Season 2 will kick-off in April with the online Qualifiers, and the first live event from the new Los Angeles studio will take place in June. More details can be found here.

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Electronic Sports League (ESL) – is world's largest, independent eSports brand, leading the industry across various games with numerous online and offline competitions. This includes high profile international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro Series, Starcraft II World Championship Series, Wargaming.net League Europe, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and TV production, fully catering to the needs of the eSport’s ecosystem. With offices in Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Italy, China and the USA, it has a true global footprint. www.eslgaming.com

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. - Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes sixteen #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.