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ESL Brings esports To Mobile World Congress

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ESL, the world’s largest esports company, is pleased to announce its presence at the premiere mobile industry event of the year, the GSMA Mobile World Congress. Taking place on March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain, the Congress will play host to the ESL Arena – a one-day show taking to the stage on March 4, featuring a networking conference as well as both an amateur and a professional level League of Legends tournament with €3.000 and €12.000 in prize money, respectively.

The partnership between ESL and the Mobile World Congress is an exciting new step on the road to popularizing esports and spreading the phenomenon on to new territories. “The ESL Arena at the Mobile World Congress is a fantastic opportunity to bring esports to the mobile industry,” said Sebastian Radu, CEO at ESL Spain. “We’re very excited to see what opportunities will unfold for esports in the mobile sector, and we’re delighted to be the pioneers who take those first steps.”

The invitational League of Legends tournament will see two of the biggest professional Spanish teams, led by Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez and Carlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez Santiago, battle it out for the lion’s share of €12.000. The amateur portion of the competition is open for signups on http://play.eslgaming.com/spain/mwc-eslarena. Two spots are open with tickets to the Mobile Games Conference and are waiting for those who secure their place during the qualifiers on February 21-22. For those unable to make it in person, all esports action will be broadcast on ESL Spain’s Twitch channel: http://www.twitch.tv/ESLspain

March 4, tournament schedule

09:00 – 09:30 – Amateur players warm-up
09:30 – 10:30 – First Amateur final match
10:30 – 11:30 – Second Amateur final match
11:30 – 12:30 – Third Amateur final match
12:30 – 12:45 – Award ceremony & interviews
12:45 – 13:30 – Pro players warm-up
13:30 – 14:30 – First Pro players invitational match
15:30 – 16:30 – Second Pro invitational match
16:30 – 17:00 – Award ceremony & interviews

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