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IGN Entertainment

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[e][h]IGN Entertainment
Company Information
Parent Company:
Video game journalism
September 1996
San Francisco, California, USA
Key people:
Roy Lopez (President and General Manager)
Josh "AskJoshy" Sutherland (Community Marketing Manager)
Kevin Knocke (member of the casting team)

IGN Entertainment is a firm which brand portfolio's includes companies specialised in media, digital distribution, and game technology [1]. Its flagship, IGN, is a casual news/reviews website that focuses on video games, films, music and other media. was recognised as the most popular video games website by the Guinness World Records on June 2011 [2]. As of April 2011, IGN Entertainment eSports division organises a recurrent premier event, the IGN ProLeague.


Created in September 1996 as the Imagine Games Network, the company featured five individual websites: (later renamed, PSXPower, Saturnworld, and Ultra Game Players Online. In 1998, the network consolidated the individual sites as system "channels" under the IGN brand. Nowadays, these channels include PC Games, Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Xbox Live, Wireless, Retro, iPhone, and Android games.

IGN Entertainement also runs several other entertainment-related companies, such as AskMen and GameSpy Technology [1].

Events Organised[edit]

IGN's involvement in the StarCraft II scene began on April 2011, when the IGN eSports division announced an online invitational tournament featuring several top North American players, the IGN ProLeague Season 1. The starleague later developed into a recurring premier event, with the second season opening itself to European players, and the third season featuring Korean progamers and an offline main event, and being endowed with one of the largest prize pool ever distributed in the foreign scene. At the end of 2011, IGN eSports division launched its team league, the IGN ProLeague Team Arena Challenge. On August 2012, the first IGN Pro Team League began.

In order to provide a suited shoutcasting, the company hired several notable commentators, the latest being Erik "DoA" Lonnquist, who previously worked for GOMTV as a GSL Code A shoutcaster [3].

IPL StarLeagues[edit]

Starleague Date Winner Runner-Up TL Articles
IGN ProLeague Season 1 "Best of the West" 2011 (2011-04-21 – 2011-05-01) United States  IdrA Canada  KiWiKaKi R&S
IGN ProLeague Season 2 "Across the Atlantic" 2011 (2011-07-14 – 2011-08-14) Ukraine  White-Ra Poland  Nerchio R&S
IGN ProLeague Season 3 "Origins" 2011 (2011-10-06 – 2011-10-09) France  Stephano South Korea  Lucky [ R&S]
IGN ProLeague Season 4 2012 (2012-04-06 – 2012-04-08) South Korea  aLive South Korea  Squirtle [ R&S]
IGN ProLeague Season 5 2012 (2012-11-29 – 2012-12-02) South Korea  Leenock South Korea  viOLet [ R&S]

IPL Team Leagues[edit]

Team League Date Winner Runner-Up TL Articles
IGN ProLeague Team Arena Challenge 1 2011 (2011-12-05 – 2011-12-22) QIM mousesports R&S
IGN ProLeague Team Arena Challenge 2 2012 (2012-01-23 – 2012-03-09) Prime New Star HoSeo R&S
IGN ProLeague Team Arena Challenge 3 2012 (2012-05-06 – 2012-08-11) Incredible Miracle Team Liquid [ R&S]
2012 IGN Pro Team League Season 1 2012 (2012-08-15 – 2012-11-21) Afreeca Freecs Incredible Miracle [ R&S]
2013 IGN Pro Team League Season 1 2012 (2012-12-12– 2013-03-28) MVP Incredible Miracle [ R&S]

See Also[edit]