IGN Entertainment

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[e][h]IGN Entertainment
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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. IGN.com 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: N64.com (later renamed ign64.com), PSXPower, Saturnworld, Next-Generation.com and Ultra Game Players Online. In 1998, the network IGN.com 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) USA Zicon small.png IdrA Canada Picon small.png KiWiKaKi R&S
IGN ProLeague Season 2 "Across the Atlantic" 2011 (2011-07-14 – 2011-08-14) Ukraine Picon small.png White-Ra Poland Zicon small.png Nerchio R&S
IGN ProLeague Season 3 "Origins" 2011 (2011-10-06 – 2011-10-09) France Zicon small.png Stephano South Korea Zicon small.png Lucky [ R&S]
IGN ProLeague Season 4 2012 (2012-04-06 – 2012-04-08) South Korea Ticon small.png aLive South Korea Picon small.png Squirtle [ R&S]
IGN ProLeague Season 5 2012 (2012-11-29 – 2012-12-02) South Korea Zicon small.png Leenock South Korea Zicon small.png 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) QIMlogo std.png QIM Mousesportslogo std.png mousesports R&S
IGN ProLeague Team Arena Challenge 2 2012 (2012-01-23 – 2012-03-09) Primelogo std.png Prime HoSeologo std.png New Star HoSeo R&S
IGN ProLeague Team Arena Challenge 3 2012 (2012-05-06 – 2012-08-11) IMlogo std.png Incredible Miracle Liquid2017logo std.png Team Liquid [ R&S]
2012 IGN Pro Team League Season 1 2012 (2012-08-15 – 2012-11-21) Startalelogo std.png StarTale IMlogo std.png Incredible Miracle [ R&S]
2013 IGN Pro Team League Season 1 2012 (2012-12-12– 2013-03-28) Mvplogo std.png MVP IMlogo std.png Incredible Miracle [ R&S]

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