gamescom 2012: Exclusive Hands-on PlanetSide®2 experience in ESL CM Storm Arena
Cologne, August 14, 2012 – Battle for global dominance in the highly-anticipated, award-winning free-to-play massive multiplayer FPS, PlanetSide®2! Developed by Sony Online Entertainment LLC and published by ProSiebenSat.1 Games, PlanetSide 2 takes all the groundbreaking features from the original game – massive multiplayer battles, distinct empires to rally around, and enormous continents where intense ground and air combat unfolds – and adds features that modern gamers have come to expect of the FPS and MMO genres.

With 48 game stations and 200m² of booth space (Booth #B-060j), visitors of the ESL CM Storm Arena (Hall 8) will be able to take part in massive battles with other gamescom attendees in PlanetSide 2. Additionally, on Thursday and Friday the ESL stage will host PlanetSide 2’s creative director Matt Higby who is scheduled to present a brand new PlanetSide 2 trailer, highlight explosive gameplay and deliver several awesome game giveaways to those who attend.

“PlanetSide 2 fascinates with its massive scale warfare, incredible customization options and breath-taking environments. It will certainly be one of the most coveted FPS titles of the year”, tells Alexander Albrecht, Director Publisher Relations at Turtle entertainment, the organizer of the ESL.

All facts about PlanetSide 2 at the ESL CM Storm Arena at one glance:
• Free-to-Play gaming area of nearly 200 m² with 48 gaming stations dedicated to PlanetSide 2
• ESL Stage: PlanetSide 2 Stage Presentation and Giveaways

Thursday, 16th of August: 11:45 am to 12:15 pm and again at 3:45 pm to 4:15 pm.
Friday, 17th of August. 11:45 am to 12:15 pm and again at 3:45 pm to 4:15 pm

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Electronic Sports League
The Electronic Sports League (ESL) is the largest and most important league for gamers in Europe consisting of more than 4,000,000 million registered members and more than 800,000 registered teams. ESL is operated by the company Turtle Entertainment since 2000 and offers more than 3,500 professional leagues and amateur ladders from a variety of games. Around 400.000 matches per month are being played worldwide using ESL technology.

The ESL has has several franchise holders and subsidiaries working in more than 45 countries around the globe. Global corporations such as Intel, BenQ, Razer, Alienware, DELL, Asus, adidas, Volkswagen and Microsoft support the ESL. In close cooperation with the Chinese ProGamerLeague Turtle Entertainment opened the ESL Asia section in 2007.

The ESL system includes ladders, leagues and cups for everyone. 90% of the active members play in free ladders and cups. About 9% take Gaming to the next level in the ESL Amateur Series, and less than 1% of all active users manage to reach the professional leagues like ESL Pro Series.

Intel supports the professional segment of the Electronic Sports League since 2001. The stars of these pro-gaming leagues are presented live at Intel Friday Night Games, where up to 2.000 fans come together to watch and support them. Up to 160.000 viewers follow the final event of an ESL Pro Series season live on TV screens, online and as live visitors.

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About SOE
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