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access_time April 3, 2014 at 12:07 PM in Culture by Charlie Grammer

Electronic Sports League and Blizzard team up to bring us the StarCraft II World Championship Series

ESL partners with Blizzard for WCS America.

ESL partners with Blizzard for WCS America.

This is good news for fans of eSports. This partnership, which is effective immediately, was announced shortly after ESL revealed that they have several new facilities in the United States. For those wondering if this will affect WCS Europe, have no fear. ESL will continue to operate that as well.

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

Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard, stated, “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.”

Michal Blicharz, ESL’s Director of Pro Gaming, said, “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.”

For those wondering when the WCS America Season 2 will start, online Qualifiers begin in April. The first live event from the new LA studio will occur in June. If you’re interested in learning more about the competition, you can check ESL’s official site here: http://www.eslgaming.com/news/esl-run-wcs-america


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