ESL is proud to announce GIGABYTE as the new exclusive motherboard partner for the StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS) and ESL Hearthstone Legendary Series. By providing G1 Gaming Series motherboards for these upcoming tournaments, this cooperation will enable the pros to play under the best possible conditions and unleash their full potential.
GIGABYTE motherboard business unit director of marketing Colin Brix had the following to say about the partnership:
“The StarCraft II World Championship Series and the ESL Hearthstone Legendary Series are two of the most professional esports tournaments out there, and host some of the world’s best players in weekly competition. We knew that was something we had to get our premier G1 Gaming brand involved in. With our newly-launched X99 motherboards to help support the competition, there’ll be nothing holding these players back from unleashing the best that they can be.”
The sponsorship will first be seen in full effect at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice during this year’s IEM Expo, where the ESL Hearthstone Legendary Series tournament will see eight of the world’s best Hearthstone players sling cards for their share of a US$20,000 prize pool. You can read all about the round of 16 stage right here, and make sure to keep an eye on the official ESL Hearthstone Legendary Series website to get the latest updates on the tournament.
The truly global WCS round of 16 finals will take place in early April during the Gamers Assembly 2015 in Poitiers, France - find out more about the setup for the event in our full WCS finals announcement.
David Kugelmann, product manager at ESL, said of partnership announcement:
“Changes in the StarCraft II World Championship Series mean that from the get-go competition will feature games between the best from all around the world. It’s no longer just Europe and North America battling it out - we’re talking Asia, Africa, America and the Middle East. We are very excited to get started and are extremely happy to welcome GIGABYTE along for what promises to be a fantastic year.”
We are thrilled to have GIGABYTE as a partner and are looking forward to working together with them for the WCS and ESL Hearthstone Legendary Series - don’t forget to tune in to the latter tomorrow!