ESL extends global partnership with Intel

Esports organisation Electronic Sports League has renewed its partnership with US technology company Intel.

The new deal will see more than $100m (€88.6m) invested in esports by the two parties over the next three years. The partnership will focus on innovative technology, tournaments and events.

ESL said the deal marks the biggest brand and technology esports partnership in history.

Intel title sponsors the ESL-sanctioned Extreme Masters and next year the partnership will support the organisation’s premier live esports circuits, including ESL One powered by Intel, the CS:GO Pro League and the Intel Grand Slam.

The investment will also result in large-scale events being held in certain countries within the APAC region.

Ralf Reichert, founder and co-chief executive at ESL – Turtle Entertainment, said: “ESL and Intel have worked side by side on growing esports for nearly two decades.

“We built a number of cornerstones of this industry together and helped many gamers in becoming legends of the sport. The long-term extended partnership with Intel opens even more opportunities for us to take our efforts to a whole different level on a global scale.”

Intel serves as ESL’s Global Technical Partner. Through the new agreement, Intel will deliver technology solutions that will power all pro-level tournaments and events, including the Intel Core i9 Processor and Intel Xeon processors.

Intel has served as the title sponsor of the Extreme Masters since 2006 and became ESL’s Global Technical Partner in 2016.