If you are a gamer with erratic sleeping patterns, your tendency is to play until the wee hours of the morning. Coffee will help fight the urge to lay down your head on your keyboard and snooze. But when you hate getting up from your seat to brew a cup because you are micro-managing a three-pronged Terran counter-attack, a handy energy drink taken from your Starcraft 2 decaled cooler will do. It perks you up instantly, and gives you more manic energy to survive a Zerg rush. That’s where Red Bull comes in.
Red Bull has just announced a US$41,000 Starcraft 2, 16-player invitational tournament to be held at Austin City Limits Live on May 26th-27th. Dubbed the “Red Bull Battlegrounds”, the venue will seat 1.500 spectators and tickets are available at Red Bull USA. Already invited are two of the top players of the SC2 scene: Lone Star Clash champion Ilyes “Stephano” Satouri and Lee-Sak “PartingG” Won. The other remaining 14 invites will be announced in the coming weeks by Red Bull.
This event will further strengthen Red Bull’s ties to the competitive gaming scene. They have already hosted two “RB LAN” events just this past March inOrlando,Florida, the other one was in Sta. Monica,Californialast year. The LAN events provided offline practice environment for players wishing to participate in major tournaments.
The Red Bull Battlegrounds will have three more stops in Chicago, Seattle and Boston area; details are going to be revealed in the future.
Hopefully, more companies emulate Red Bull and support gaming events, not just Starcraft 2. I for one look forward to downing a couple of Red Bull bottles later to power my ammo-supplying technique in BF3 until sunrise.