PartinG in action at Red Bull LAN Orlando Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool

The first-ever Red Bull Battlegrounds is set to change the experience of e-Sports tournaments.

Set at Austin City Limits Live in Austin, Texas, on May 26 – 27, Red Bull Battlegrounds pits 16 of the world’s top e-Sports athletes, who will lock horns in Blizzard Entertainment’s global e-Sports flagship, StarCraft II. Battling for fame and prize money, more than $40,000 in cash waits to be reaped by the attending aristocracy of StarCraft II.

Former StarCraft II athlete-turned-commentator Sean “Day[9]” Plott of www.day9tv.com will be the caster for Red Bull Battlegrounds, joined by co-casters Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham of TwitchTV, Mike “Husky” Lamond, well-known gaming personality and contributor to The Game Station YouTube channel, and special guest e-Sports Manager at Blizzard Entertainment , Rob Simpson. 

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Red Bull Battlegrounds recently revealed its first two competitors. They are globally recognized pro, and Red Bull athlete, Lee Sak “PartinG” Won, hailing from Korea’s StarTale team, and Ilyes “Stefano” Satouri, of France’s Millenium team, who will return to Austin after two wins in the city. The 14 additional contenders will be announced in the coming weeks.

Fans will be able to watch the tournament at Austin City Limits Live -- with seating for 1,500 -- or via live streaming.

Tickets for Red Bull Battlegrounds go on sale April 27. Visit www.RedBullUSA.com/LAN this Friday for full details.

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