IGN Pro League Hosts NBA Star Gordon Hayward and the World’s Top StarCraft II and League of Legends Players in a Battle of the Video Game Greats October 6-9
Caesars Atlantic City is teaming up with the IGN Pro League (IPL) – the professional video game league presented by IGN Entertainment, the world’s leading video games media company – to host IPL 3: Origins, the first-ever professional video gaming (“eSports”) tournament at Caesars Atlantic City and Bally's Atlantic City.
Participants include NBA Utah Jazz Forward and IPL Spokesperson Gordon Hayward and some of the world’s top StarCraft II players, including IdrA, Select and White-Ra.
Hayward would normally be in training camp for the upcoming NBA season this time of year, but the NBA is on lockdown thanks to a labor dispute, so Hayward is keeping his hand-to-eye coordination sharp by his participation in this video tournament.
Players and fans who attend the Caesars Atlantic City event will witness Hayward playing alongside 256 other qualifying players to compete for a $100,000 prize pool. As well as the top StarCraft II players, eight of the top League of Legends teams in North America will battle for a $20,000 prize pool. The action will be streaming live on Saturday and Sunday, 1-7pm at www.ign.com/ipl
The event schedule is as follows at Caesars and Bally’s:
Thursday, Oct 6
8am - 11pm Registration (Bally’s 6th Floor Atrium)
9am - 10am VIP Players Practice (Bally’s Traymore/Players Lounge)
9am - 11pm Show Floor & Swag Store Open (Bally’s 6th Floor)
10am - 11pm Main Stage & Qualifier Stage (Caesars Circus Maximus/Bally’s Traymore)
10am-7pm Battlefield 3 Multiplayer Gameplay and Prizes (AMD Booth, Bally’s Traymore)
10am-11pm Bloodline Champions Gameplay (IGN Prime Stage, Show Floor)
10:30am - 11am Opening Ceremony (Circus Maximus)
11am-12pm Round One Match: Gordon Hayward vs. Temp0, Open Qualifiers (Bally’s Traymore)
11am - 11pm SCII Seeding (Circus Maximus)
11am - 11pm SCII Open Qualifiers (Bally’s Traymore)
1pm - 7pm Featured Qualifiers (Bally’s Grand Ballroom)
4pm-6pm Autographs with White-Ra (Playhem Arena, Bally’s Show Floor)
4pm-6pm Playhem Happy Hour: Drinks & DJ (Playhem Arena, Bally’s Show Floor)
7:30pm - 8:30pm SCII Meet The Players (Bally’s Grand Ballroom)
9pm - 10pm Bloodline Champions Gameplay Demo (Bally’s Grand Ballroom)
10:15pm - 11pm Live on 3, Live On Stage (Bally’s Grand Ballroom)
Area casinos provide opportunities to win cash and prizes, as well as offering special room rates and other upgrades and amenities based on your casino play
The World Beer Pong Tour — which evolved from a weekly league at a small New York college to a nationwide craze — recently announced that the $50,000 grand finale of its 35-city tour will be held Sunday through Tuesday, June 13-15, at Resorts Atlantic City. Additionally, Bally’s Wild Wild West Casino has created a gaming area in its new entertainment venue that will include 12 beer-pong tables. Through a partnership with Bpong.com, founders of the World Series of Beer Pong and a leading retailer of beer-pong gear, enthusiasts will be able to partake in beer-pong 24 hours per day at Bally’s, if they’re so inclined.
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