California. USA – 29th September, 2011 - Razer, one of the world’s pioneering supporters of eSports, is partnering up with the astounding IGN Pro League (IPL) for the ongoing Season 3 of their star-studded Starcraft2 and League of Legends competition that has taken the Esports scene by storm.
The first season of the IPL launched in April 2011 and started out as a 16-player invite tournament for Starcraft2 players from North American based clans. The second season the IPL expanded to allow European players to compete with the prize purse increasing ten-fold from the first season to an incredible $50,000. Now, as the curtains are about to open on its third season, it features an all-star cast from across the globe for both Starcraft2 and League of Legends, coupled with an illustrious crew of commentators featuring the likes of Marcus “DjWheat” Graham, Alex “HDStarcraft” Do and Shaun "DApollo" Clark.
The IPL has gained critical acclaim for its post-production media, setting a new standard for video-production quality at an eSports event, and has enjoyed unparalleled success with its highly anticipated third installment, set to kick off on October 6th in Atlantic City with a prize purse of $100,000.
Razer will be not only be financing the competition but also outfitting the entire shout-casting team with the latest Razer gaming hardware as the official keyboard, mouse and mouse mat partner.
“The IGN Pro League is an example of what can be achieved in a short space of time in eSports if you have a strong game plan,” said Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff, President of Razer USA. “The IPL’s overnight success is no fluke; great foresight and a brilliant production team have been its defining features, and Razer is delighted to provide the hardware for this unique top billing event which looks like it can go the distance.”
“Razer’s world class gaming mice and keyboards are the choice of many professional players in the world at the top of their game” said David Ting, General Manager e-Sports of IGN. “We’re thrilled to partner with Razer, who will help to provide the highest quality gaming experience for both our players and fans.”
Razer has been a pioneering supporter of e-Sports since its conception. It is in our blood and we are driven to further the culture of professional gaming in all that we do. We work hand in hand with our pros to forge weaponry for the players who stake their livelihood on podium placements. Our gear is designed to perform flawlessly in high-stress tournament conditions where winning is everything and mistakes cost championships. Those who compete with our equipment will attest – We live by our words: For Gamers. By Gamer