ESL One to make competitive gaming history during New York Super Week this October at Madison Square Garden
(New York) August 13, 2014 – ESL, the world’s largest, independent eSports brand, is proud to announce their next groundbreaking Dota 2 tournament will be held in The Theater at Madison Square Garden October 9-10, serving as the crown jewel of interactive entertainment for ReedPOP‘s inaugural New York Super Week. As the largest in-person competitive gaming event ever held on the East Coast, thousands of video game enthusiasts will watch the top eSports teams in the world compete in the finals of a global Dota 2 tournament. In partnership with Twitch, the world’s leading online video platform and community for gamers, the event will be live broadcast on ESL’s Twitch channel. In addition, joinDOTA will once again join the team as ESL’s coverage partner, providing on-air talent for the show.
Combining the world’s most passionate fans with the innovators of the eSports industry, ESL, Twitch and ReedPOP will present the largest eSports event ever in New York City – and a cornerstone of New York Super Week, a 10 day long festival with over 60 nerdy, geeky, cool pop culture events across all five boroughs of NYC in the lead up to this year’s New York Comic Con! This prestigious event will feature eight of the top Dota 2 teams in a battle for $100,000. Details about the roster and information about invitees and qualification will be released in the coming weeks.
“By staging this event at the iconic Madison Square Garden, we’re going to see history in the making,” said James Lampkin, Product Manager for ESL One. “ReedPOP, Twitch and ESL are coming together to create something special that New York City has never seen before.”
Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP added, “ESL and Twitch are helping to make the first ever New York Super Week the ultimate celebration of pop culture in New York City and bring the fan experience to the next level. This is a keystone event in a week filled with amazing programming and will set the bar for future events.”
The event comes off the back of ESL One Frankfurt, which took place on June 28th-29th this year. Competition saw eight teams take to the stage in a World Cup Football stadium (Commerzbank-Arena, Germany) for an event that broke viewership and attendance numbers worldwide. Over 12,500 visitors attended the stadium each day to watch the action unfold live on a 412m2 screen, with an additional peak of over 500,000 concurrent viewers watching the show online.
Twitch has worked with ESL since 2011. Since that time, enthusiasts from over 180 countries have tuned in to watch ESL’s content on Twitch. Twitch recorded a peak of over 280,000 concurrent viewers on a single stream during IEM Cologne in 2013. This was broken only a few months later during the IEM Katowice 2014, when the concurrent viewership in the Western world peaked at 643,000 across all games at the event.
“eSports are not only rivaling traditional sporting events, they’re eclipsing them, especially when it comes to the live online viewership numbers on Twitch,” said Kevin Lin, COO, Twitch. “In partnership with ReedPOP and ESL, we’re bringing to the US more of what the audience wants – big events at historical venues. This ESL One milestone-setting Madison Square Garden event is testament to the future of the eSports industry.”
To find out more about the tournament, visit http://www.esl-one.com. You can also learn more about the qualifiers by following @ESL on Twitter.
About ESL - The world’s largest, independent eSports brand, leading the industry across various games with numerous online and offline competitions. This includes high profile international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro Series, Starcraft® II World Championship Series, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and TV production, fully catering to the needs of the eSport’s ecosystem. With offices in Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China and North America, it has a true global footprint. www.eslgaming.com
About ESL One - In ESL One, teams and players from all over the world compete in an eSports tournament unlike any other. Featuring the games Dota 2, Counter-Strike Global Offensive and Battlefield 4, ESL One gives out hundreds of thousands in prize money every year. With events taking place in sports stadiums all over the world, it puts the players in front of enthusiastic audiences, cheering them on in their attempt to secure the one trophy and the glory that comes with it. www.esl-one.com
About Twitch – Twitch is the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers where more than 55 million gather every month to broadcast, watch and talk about video games. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. This includes game developers, publishers, media outlets, events, user generated content, and the entire eSports scene. In February 2014, Wall Street Journal ranked Twitch as the 4th largest website in terms of peak internet traffic in the U.S., fortifying the brand as an entertainment industry leader and the epicenter of social video for gamers. For more information visit: www.twitch.tv.
About Dota 2® - Dota 2®, released in 2013, is an Action RTS (Real Time Strategy) game from developer, Valve Software. Acting as a stand-alone sequel to Defense of the Ancients, the computer game combines action and strategy in an exciting fantasy world. Players pick from a pool of over a hundred heroes, forming two teams of five players. Actively played by millions of individuals, the game continues to grow and excite the gaming community.
About ReedPOP – ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions, which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime, East, South and Australia, Star Wars Celebration, Special Edition: NYC, Oz Comic-Con, BookCon and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013, ReedPOP (has) added Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific (including Australia). (www.reedpop.com)
LINDA BLAIR TO ATTEND STEEL CITY CON!
The Steel City Con is pleased to announce that LINDA BLAIR will be attending the upcoming show. Linda Blair is best known for her role as the possessed child, Regan, in the film THE EXORCIST (1973), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe. She reprised her role in EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC (1977).
Linda Blair will be available for signings and professional photo ops the weekend of the show. Don’t miss this VERY RARE opportunity.
For details go to http://www.steelcitycon.com
Hot writer and comedic genius, Gerry Duggan, appears at Orbital Comics on Wednesday, September 24 to meet fans of the Merc With A Mouth and sign copies of his work in a rare London appearance.
Duggan has quickly become a fan-favourite thanks to a strong showing on Deadpool (with Brian Posehn) as part of the Marvel Now! relaunch – and he’s recently taken over as writer on Nova and Hulk, plus the upcoming Batman-spinoff Arkham Manor for DC Comics.
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591
Local creator Scott Larson appears at Graham Crackers Comics on Wednesday September 3rd from noon till 2:00 PM for a signing and the release of his new graphic novel The Saint: The Man Who Wouldn’t Die.
Graham Crackers Comics – CHICAGO LOOP
77 E. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602
Atomic Books hosts their annual Small Press Expo kick-off party on Friday September 12th from 5:00 – 10:00 pm, the night before SPX.
Meet CHARLES BURNS! Signing from 5:00 – 6:00 PM.
Then, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM, readings from new books and signings with:
JOSH BAYER & TOM NEELY
NOAH VAN SCIVER
3620 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211
Sons of Anarchy star Ron Perlman appears at Book Revue to sign his new memoir Easy Street (The Hard Way) on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 pm!
The candid, hilarious, and inspiring memoir of the iconic star of Beauty and the Beast, the Hellboy movies, and Sons of Anarchy.
A classically trained actor who cut his teeth in the East Village’s Off-Broadway scene, Ron Perlman—a Golden Globe winner (Beauty and the Beast) with starring roles in the Hellboy movies, Drive, Pacific Rim, and Sons of Anarchy—has traveled an offbeat path to showbiz success. His story involves rising from New York’s tough Washington Heights neighborhood, enduring incredible hardships, and ignoring the naysayers who taunted him for his distinctive looks. It’s a tale that demonstrates the power of persistence.
With a filmography of nearly 200 credits working alongside countless stars during his forty-year career, Perlman knows the ins-and-outs of filmmaking. In Easy Street (the Hard Way), he shares his inspiring story for the next generation of performers.
All books signed at Book Revue events must be purchased at Book Revue. If you purchase the book prior to the event please save your receipt. If you have purchased the book from somewhere else you can still get your book signed, we just ask that you make a purchase in our store of equal or greater value to that of the book.
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Aaron Becker appears at Vroman’s Bookstore to discuss and sign Quest on Tuesday September 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm!
In this follow up to the Caldecott Honor book Journey, Aaron Becker tells of a king who emerges from a hidden door in a city park, startling two children sheltering from the rain. No sooner does he push a map and some strange objects into their hands than he is captured by hostile forces that whisk him back through the enchanted door. Just like that, the children are caught up in a quest to rescue the king and his kingdom from darkness, while illuminating the farthest reaches of their imagination.
Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author’s most recent title from Vroman’s. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman’s Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your Vroman’s receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
Creator/artist Brian Hurtt appears at Crescent City Comics on Wednesday, September 17th to sign THE SIXTH GUN.
Crescent City Comics
4916 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
Roman Muradov appaears at Mission: Comics & Art on Saturday, September 6th at 6:00 pm to sign his first graphic novel, (IN A SENSE) LOST & FOUND published by No Brow Press!
“The world of (In a Sense) Lost and Found is one that is immersed in surrealistic wordplay and fantastic places beyond what we’ve trained ourselves to see. It’s an atmospheric fable about what it means to grow up in a world where innocence is a tangible object, and how that innocence can be lost, found, mistreated, and commodified. Muradov’s crisp compositions and delicate art style are equal parts playful and haunting, creating an enchanting world of shadowy places in between the known, while illuminating the lives of the people who live there.”
Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110
Novelist R.A. Salvatore appears at Towne Center Books on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM!
Here to celebrate the publication of the second installment in the Companions Codex saga, R.A. Salvatore will speak briefly on his writings- leaving the majority of the night up to you! He will answer questions and will be available for autographs.
Event books will be available on site for purchase and autographs. To help cover event costs, there will be a $5 autograph fee for books not purchased here. This fee is waived for all books if you purchase the event title, Rise of the King, from us.
Towne Center Books & Café
220 Plaza Drive, Suite B-3 Collegeville, PA 19426