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Intel Extreme Masters

Gaming tournament's servers upgraded.

Cologne, March 1, 2011 – Turtle Entertainment, the organizer of the Electronic Sports League (ESL), Europe's largest online platform for competitive gaming, announced today that it has completed its extensive server upgrade using Supermicro's latest Intel® Xeon®-based platforms.

The joint collaboration between Turtle and Supermicro began in September 2010 with the common goal to bring a better online experience to the ESL's more than 2.8 million registered users. Supermicro provided the servers based on the latest energy-efficient Intel® Xeon® processor family to upgrade the aging infrastructure. These new servers allow for a completely new database server structure that addresses the increasing traffic and growing computing demands of the ESL platform.

"Turtle recognizes Supermicro's leadership in server advancements for today's demanding, complex server installations," said Turtle Entertainment Managing Director, Ralf Reichert. "Turtle has stringent performance and power requirements and Supermicro's Intel-based servers deliver on all aspects. It's all about platform balance."

"At Supermicro, our design philosophy and methodology are rooted in green computing," said Tau Leng, GM of Corp. Marketing and HPC Solutions at Supermicro. "Our innovative balanced servers with high-performance system design and power-saving technologies deliver end-to-end gaming infrastructure while providing performance per watt advantage to the ESL datacenter."

With its database servers upgraded to the Supermicro SuperServer powered by the Intel® Xeon® 7500 processor series, and its web servers replaced by the Supermicro SuperServer with the Intel® Xeon® 5600 processor series, ESL can now meet its users' ever-increasing demands and expectations.

"We are thrilled that members of the Electronic Sports League can now enjoy an enhanced gaming experience," said Boyd Davis, General Manager and Vice President of Data Center Group Marketing at Intel. "As cloud computing continues to accelerate around the world, Intel is delivering the key ingredients that empower and connect next-generation businesses."

ESL, Supermicro, and Intel will be exhibiting in Hall 23 at CeBIT during the Intel Extreme Masters tournament.

For further information about Europe's largest and most-compelling online platform for competitive gaming, visit ESL online at:

Turtle Entertainment GmbH

Turtle Entertainment is a leading gaming company in the field of competitive gaming and electronic sports. Founded in the year 2000 the company is currently offering its services in more then 37 countries including the US and China. Core of Turtle's services is its online portal called Electronic Sports League (ESL) which became a highly popular destination site for competitive computer gamers around the world. The portal reaches up to ten million visits a month (IVW) generated by more than 2,8 million registered users. Turtle Entertainment broadcasts ESL events via ESL TV, ESL's web-TV service, since 2007. The headquarter has 135 employees and is located in Cologne, Germany. Turtle Entertainment owns the majority of the Chinese eSports league PGL (Pro Gamer League) since 2007. Important business partners of Turtle Entertainment are global corporations such as Intel, Deutsche Post, Dell, Volkswagen, Sennheiser, ASUS, Microsoft, adidas, TrendMicro, SteelSeries, Supermicro, and Blizzard Entertainment. Turtle Entertainment markets its products worldwide using these specific brands: Electronic Sports League (ESL), ESL Pro Series, Intel Extreme Masters, ESL Major Series, European Nations Championship (ENC), ESL TV, Consoles Sports League, eSport Schulmeisterschaft, eSports Award, ESL Female and ESL Sports.

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About Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI)

Supermicro, the global leader in server technology innovation and green computing, provides customers around the world with application-optimized server, workstation, blade, storage and GPU systems. Based on its advanced Server Building Block Solutions, Supermicro offers the most optimized selection for IT, datacenter and HPC deployments. The company's system architecture innovations include the Twin server, Double-Sided Storage™ and SuperBlade® product families. Offering the most comprehensive product lines in the industry, Supermicro provides businesses of all sizes with energy-efficient, earth-friendly solutions that deliver unmatched performance and value. Founded in 1993, Supermicro is headquartered in Silicon Valley with worldwide operations and manufacturing centers in Europe and Asia. For more information, visit

Intel Corporation

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- This Press Release as PDF at:

- Electronic Sports League (ESL):

- Super Micro Computer Inc.:

- Intel Corporation:

- Turtle Entertainment GmbH:

- Further information about the Intel Extreme Masters at:

- Photos from the Intel Extreme Masters Events at:

- IntelExtreme Masters YouTube-Channel:

- Company Trailer Turtle Entertainment GmbH (browser flash movie):



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