Red Bull Training Grounds Goes Orlando

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The next edition of Training Grounds hits Full Sail University the weekend of July 26-28.

Competition never sleeps. On the heels of the inaugural Red Bull Training Grounds at Red Bull North America headquarters in Santa Monica, the next stop for this professional videogame athlete invitational will be the sunny skies of Florida.

During the weekend of July 26-28, fans from around the world can tune in to the live digital broadcast, as eight invited pro players will head to Full Sail University in Winter Park for a weekend of intense scrimmage and expert analysis. With StarCraft II as the playing field, on-site experts Sean “Day[9]” Plott, Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham and Ben “Mr. Bitter” Nichol will call the shots for the viewers at home and give each player a turn in the analysis booth to discuss the performance of their competitors and develop strategies for bettering their game.

Full Sail University is hosting this elite eSports tournament at their state-of-the-art performance venue, Full Sail Live, located just outside of Orlando. An award-winning media and entertainment institution, offering campus and online degree programs in areas including Game Development, Game Art and Game Design, Full Sail University alumni and staff have contributed to some of the biggest titles in gaming, past and present. Everyone is invited to witness these heated battles live and in person for free at the Full Sail campus. They can also join the thousands of eSports fans at home tuning in via the Live Digital Broadcast on the event page, which airs all three days of the tournament.

The first two days of Red Bull Training Grounds consists of a group play competition, and then day three culminates in a tournament between the final four players standing -- with the top cash prize of the weekend on the line – as well as an invitation to a future high stakes tournament in 2013.

The first ever Red Bull Training Grounds took place June 21-23 at Red Bull North America headquarters in Santa Monica. After three days of battle, Myeong Hwan “Golden” Jo, a Zerg player from South Korea, came out on top, taking home the $2,500 first place prize after facing off against teammate Bae “Sound” Sang Hwan.

Check back later this week for news about who the lucky eight initiates will be at the Red Bull Training Grounds at Full Sail University. Fans can also view the action live as it happens all three days of the Red Bull Training Grounds by visiting Redbull.com/ESPORTS, which uses the Twitch TV player for all of its LIVE eSports coverage.

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