CeBIT shakes to the sound of massed gamers

One of the more popular special events at CeBIT 2010 was the Intel-sponored Extreme Masters World Championship. The gaming shindig was the culmination of seven rounds of battling away variously at Quake Live, Counter-Strike and World of Warcraft for some $170,000 in prize money.

Hundreds of gamers crammed into the 10,000 m² Intel Gaming Hall at CeBIT. Many joined the seated crowds gawping at the action on massive screens.

The best team players gathered and individual contests took part in a number of competitions offering total prize money of some $530,000 in prize money.

In two large free-gaming-areas visitors could try out the latest games, such as Dirt 2, Assassins Creed 2 or Napoleon: Total War. Dell and Intel combined to offer more than 100 brand new Intel Core i7 systems to play on.

Also on show was a sneak preview of the highly-anticipated and very long awaited StarCraft II from Blizzard Entertainment.

The results from the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship matches are here.