SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IGN Entertainment, the world's leading video games media company, today announced that Riot Games' League of Legends will join the tournament line up at IPL 3: Origins – the IGN Pro League competitive video gaming tournament taking place October 6-9th at Caesars Atlantic City.
The addition of League of Legends – the popular multiplayer online battle arena game – introduces team-based competitive gaming to the tournament mix at IGN's Caesars Atlantic City event and marks the first in a series of IGN Pro League tournaments that will feature League of Legends over the next year. With over 15 million registered players, League of Legends is one of the world's most popular PC games – and its eSports audience continues to grow, with over 2.8 million viewers for the game's most recent competitive livestream.
On Saturday October 8th and Sunday October 9th, eight of the world's top League of Legends teams will be invited to compete for cash prizes. Tickets for the IPL 3: Origins event can be purchased at http://tickets.ign.com.
"League of Legends has a tremendous following and adds a whole new dimension to our Caesars Atlantic City tournament," said David Ting, General Manager of eSports and Vice President of Research & Development at IGN Entertainment. "We're thrilled to partner with Riot to bring team-based gameplay to the stage at IPL 3: Origins and even more awareness and acceptance of eSports as a legitimate profession and spectator sport."
"We see an incredible future for eSports, which is why we're so committed to supporting the League of Legends competitive scene with a five million dollar Season Two prize pool," said Brandon Beck, co-founder and CEO of Riot Games. "We can't wait to see the level of competition in the IGN Pro League, starting with the Caesars Atlantic City event!"
IGN 3: Origins at Caesars Atlantic City marks the first time two mega-hit games will be featured at an IGN Pro League tournament and the first competitive video gaming tournament to be held at Caesars. In addition to the League of Legends tournament, IPL 3: Origins will feature the world's top StarCraft II players competing for $100,000 in prizes. IPL 3: Origins in Atlantic City, as well as past IPL tournaments, can be accessed online exclusively at http://www.ign.com/ipl.
About IGN Entertainment
IGN Entertainment is the leading Internet media and services provider focused on the video game and entertainment enthusiast markets. Collectively, IGN's properties reach more than 70 million unique users worldwide, and IGN's network of video game-related properties (IGN.com, 1UP.com, GameSpy, FilePlanet, TeamXbox and others) is the Web's #1 video game information destination. IGN also owns the world's largest men's lifestyle website, AskMen.com, and men's entertainment site UGO.com. It also provides technology for online game play in video games. IGN is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices across North America, Europe and Australia.
About Riot Games
Riot Games was established in 2006 with the goal of bringing what we refer to as "Gamer's Games" to players all around the globe. We are passionate about our audience, and we aspire to be the most player and community focused game company in the world. That means that in addition to providing a great experience and a great value, we are committed to building lasting relationships with our players who help us shape ever evolving games.
SOURCE IGN Entertainment