Intel Extreme Masters has revealed that the 2016 StarCraft II Proleague Round 3 Grand Finals will be held at IEM Shanghai in collaboration with the Korean eSports Association.

The news marks an important day in history for StarCraft II fans, as this is the first time that the Proleague will have ever been held outside of South Korea since its inception during Brood War.

“We are excited to work with ESL to bring Proleague to China Joy. It will be a historic event and we hope the top Korean teams will be able to put on some great matches for such a passionate audience.”
– Secretary General of KeSPA, Man Soo Cho.

Seven teams will be competing in best of five matches over the course of six weeks, with each team utilizing a different player for each game in the match. Teams that place top four will go on to compete in the playoffs, and the grand finals will carry out in a best of seven matchup. The team that places first will be awarded ₩50,000,000, approximately $43,000, and second place will take home ₩20,000,000. Last year’s proleague saw SK Telecom T1 take first place after a 4-2 win against Jin Air Green Wings in the grand finals.

“KeSPA has been a part of the StarCraft esports scene in Korea for more than ten years. We are extremely honored that they have chosen IEM Shanghai to host their first event ever outside of Korea. I expect we will see some intense competition in the Grand Finals.”
-Head of IEM, Michal Blicharz

The grand finals of the 2016 Starcraft II Proleague Round 3 will be held on the IEM tournament stage inside the Chinajoy trade show. It will take place on the final day of Intel Extreme Masters Shanghai, July 31st.

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