Intel: 'We want to bring VR to Esports' With The Challenger League

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While the first couple of E3 2017 press conferences were a bit of a disappointment for virtual reality (VR) news, the last couple have greatly improved matters. After a team wins The Grand Slam, every team's trophy count is reset and the award will go into the next season starting with the next event. The first team to win 4 of these competitions will win the $1 million purse in addition to what they win from the other tournaments.

This means that all tournament PCs will be running the latest Intel Core i7 processors and production computers will be on a combination of Intel Core and Xeon CPUs. It will be the first desktop PC processor with 18 cores, allowing it to handle "all the megatasking demands of gaming, VR, content creation and more", Intel said.

Intel, Oculus, and ESL have partnered up to bring us, the people, a bunch of VR and eSports-related goodies. Qualifying events include the Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro League and DreamHack Masters series.

There is a $100,000 prize for any team that can put a stop to any potential Intel Grand Slam victor.

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As an added bonus, any team that's able to keep a potential Grand Slam winner-that is, a team with three wins under its belt-from claiming the fourth and final victory will earn a bonus $100,000 for doing so.

At the expo, Intel and e-sports company ESL announced they are expanding their 15-year partnership to further advance the worldwide growth and development of e-sports.

He continued: "We've been building the esports industry together with Intel for the last 15 years, and now look forward to building the future with Intel integrated into nearly every ESL product globally". Today has seen Intel hold its event alongside the PCGamer Show, with reveals including the release date of Lone Echo on Oculus Rift as well as Echo Arena arriving alongside it for free.

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