Don Bowden

Don Bowden

Don is a Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer in Intel’s Corporate Demos Group supporting various Intel events from executive keynotes to trades shows. His latest gig is with the Intel Extreme Masters Gaming Series where he provides general technical support. Don’s an avid gamer, mostly first person shooters, his real passion is on-line racing with which is the closest thing to driving a real race car as you’re going get. Don is also a skier, photographer and avid motorcyclist, making two cross country trips and a trek to the Arctic Circle and back from his home in San Jose, CA.

I’m racing in the Daytona 500!

Well, not the real Daytona 500, I’m racing in’s virtual Daytona 500, and if you have been following my blog posts you already know I’m big time into on-line auto racing, if this is your first time reading my blog…  I’m big time into on-line auto racing.

The racing takes place this Friday and Saturday, Feb 22nd and 23rd. Because this is a world-wide event, is hosting two races in order to accommodate time zone differences. Friday’s race will take place at 9:00pm EST (02:00 GMT Saturday) and Saturday’s race will take place at 2:00pm EST (19:00 GMT Saturday) you can watch the races live on Glacier TV (

It is expected more than 1000 on-line iRacers will be competing  so in order to accommodate everyone will divide the iRacers into multiple 43 car “splits” based on each iRacers ranking. The top split from Friday and Saturday’s races will be broadcast live, I probably won’t make the top split but don’t let that keep you from checking out the on-line action; you’ll be amazed at the level of competition and just how realistic the racing looks.

I’ll be competing in the race held Friday night and I’ll be doing my qualification run before the race to determine my starting position within my split. Not sure yet what my race strategy will be, the on-line races at Daytona tend to mirror the real races at Daytona, all the cars tend to run close together in a huge pack, while this is exciting it also lends itself to huge wrecks that can destroy your car and knock you out of the race. I need to decide if I hang towards the back of the pack to avoid the wrecks and make a move to the front during the last 20 laps, or if I qualify up near the front do I try and stay ahead of the pack for 500 miles, decisions, decisions!

I’ll also be practicing my pit stops prior to the race; getting the car slowed from 190+mph down to the 55mph pit road speed limit faster than the other drivers means I’ll spend less time on pit road, an easy way to gain positions.

Horsepower for my virtual race car is courtesy of an Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor so if I don’t win it won’t be for lack of speed.

Here’s a picture of my virtual Intel car and pit crew

 and a picture of my racing rig, the three monitors help make the racing a more immersive experience.


Notice the keyboard/mouse tray? That’s where I’ll keep my drink and snacks; I fully expect this race to last 4+ hours so I’ll definitely need drinks and snacks.

So wish me luck! I’ll be sharing video highlights in a follow-up post so check back to see how I finished.

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Intel Extreme Masters Sao Paulo

Intel Extreme Masters arrived in Sao Paulo on January 24th,  after  four days of running electrical connections, setting up the internet, setting up the tournament arena , setting up 58 Core i7 Extreme processor desktops systems, 13 Core i7 gaming laptops and a Photo Booth we were ready to open the show.

From January 29th through February 2nd Intel Extreme Masters is hosting the best gamers from Brazil and around the world competing for $50,000 in prize money in our League of Legends tournament. For our StarCraft II fans we hosted an all Brazilian tournament where 12 players battled for prizes that included Intel Core i7 Extreme Processors, Intel  SSD drives, Patriot “Intel Extreme Masters “ memory and some really cool little USB drives.

IEM also hosted, for the first time in Brazil, a StarCraft II “Heart of the Swarm” mini tournament featuring four of the best international StarCraft II players. Grubby, KiLLeR, Strelok and White-Ra played a round robin showing this soon to be released expansion pack to StarCraft II, look for it March 12th 2013. Interesting side note, White-Ra is north of 30 years old, the other gamers refer to him as daddy or grand-daddy and his secret to winning at StarCraft II is “Special Tactics” I’m sure the other gamers would like to know what those are…

A special guest appearance from California’s Josiah Bruny also known as Rapper V, added some rap spice to the music mix, Josiah took to the tournament stage and treated our gaming audience to some top shelf California rap. Josiah was also kind enough to sign autographs and take pictures with some of our visitors in our Photo Booth.


Josiah heads up Music Changing Lives, a non-profit organization that offers the highest quality of music and art enrichment programs to underprivileged and at-risk youth between the ages of 8-18 years old, helping them improve their chances of achieving a positive and successful future.  The programs are designed to reduce the local communities’ dropout rate by assisting youth in connecting with their own passion and purpose in life.

In our Customer Experience Zone we were joined by LG showing off their latest UltraBook’s, giving our visitors the opportunity to see for themselves just how cool UltraBook’s are. Microsoft was also part of our Customer Experience Zone, they had several different touch enabled UltraBook’s available for visitors to try out Windows 8 and the touch user interface.

We don’t have the crowds here in Sao Paulo like we had in Poland but the crowds we do have are way more enthusiastic and by far the loudest of any of the IEM stops so far. But it’s not just about the crowds attending the event; it’s also about the number of people watching on-line. Our partner, ESL, has live streams from the tournament going out over the internet in seven different languages. If you had any doubt about the popularity of eSports on line how does 100,000 concurrent viewers sound? And that was the number for the first day of the League of Legends tournament; we expect even larger numbers for today (Friday) and Saturday. If you haven’t done so have a look on-line, just go to the ESL Extreme Masters website.

That’s about it from Sao Paulo, the League of Legends tournament concludes tomorrow (Saturday) so check out the final standings or maybe even watch the finals being streamed live. I’ll be in Hannover Germany for the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship March 5th through 9th so be sure to check back.

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16,000 Screaming fans – Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice Poland

Unbelievable, that’s the only word that comes to mind to describe this stop of Intel Extreme Masters. 16,000 eSports fans from in and around Katowice Poland packed the Spodek Arena on Saturday to support their favorite StarCraft II and League of Legends players. This was IEM’s first time to Poland and our first stand-alone Extreme Masters event, up until now we have always been part of a larger event like gamescom.


We estimate more than 40,000 eSports fans will have attended Intel Extreme Masters here in Katowice over the three days of the event. 40,000 eSports fans watching the world’s best gamers play for $82,000 in prize money tells you how hugely popular computer gaming has become, and the really cool thing; each and every competitor here is playing on a computer powered by a 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 Extreme processor!

Besides the StarCraft II and League of Legends competition we have the Intel Extreme Masters consumer experience zone up and running for our guests to experience gaming on 3rd Generation Core i7 processors for themselves. We also have an Ultrabook zone where people can check out and play with the latest Ultrabook convertibles.

I’m not going to go into the tournament details, I’ll leave that to our partners at ESL they do a much better job at describing the action. You will find all the results at ESL Intel Extreme Masters website .

This IEM stop has been amazing and not only from an attendance standpoint. The people we’ve met here in Katowice are awesome, very warm and friendly, but then that’s the way it is everywhere we go and that’s one of the greatest things about Intel Extreme Masters, the opportunity to travel the world meeting people as passionate about eSports as we are.

For our next stop Intel Extreme Masters will be at Campus Party in Sao Paulo Brazil, January 28th through February 3rd where we will be hosting another League of Legends tournament worth $50,000. The top two players from Brazil will qualify for the Intel Extreme Masters World Championships being held at CeBIT in Hannover Germany.

That’s it for now, I’ll be blogging from Brazil so be sure to check back for news from Sao Paulo where I’ll be swapping out my Katowice winter wear for shorts and t-shirts.

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Intel Extreme Masters, Singapore Style

  It’s our first time in Singapore with Intel Extreme Masters and it’s been a resounding success. SITEX 2012 is the venue and the crowds have been big. For the majority of attendees Intel Extreme Masters is their first exposure to E-Sports and professional gaming, the crowds have been engaged and enthusiastic. SITEX 2012 is turning… Read more > Read more >

Intel Extreme Masters Gamescom, the Wrap-up

It was an amazing start to the 2012/2013 Intel Extreme Masters Season 7, intense battles in both Star Craft II and League of Legends tournaments were the norm. MVP took top honors in Starcraft II competition while Moscow Five won the League of Legends EU Regionals. And what I can only assume is great honor; […] Read more >

We’re Back! Intel Extreme Masters Season 7

The world’s best gamers are gather at gamescom in Cologne, Germany to kick off Intel Extreme Masters Season 7. We will kick things off with StarCraft II competition on Wednesday, August 15, with 16 of the top StarCraft II players vying for a share of the $31,800 prize pool. Competition runs for 5 days with the finals taking […] Read more >

A Different Kind of Gaming Competition

I’m not talking about Intel Extreme Masters, no, what I’m talking about is on-line racing and the Intel GT Series World Championship. The Intel GT World Championship will feature 32 of the very best on-line (sim) racers from all over the world. They will do battle on Saturday, March 24 @ 19:00 GMT, 3:00PM EST; […] Read more >

Intel Extreme Masters World Championships are in the House!

The Intel Extreme Masters Hall is hosting the best Starcraft ll, League of Legends and Counter Strike 1.6 players in the world, all competing for $283,000 dollars, that’s right, $283,000 dollars in prize money… unbelievable! This Intel Extreme Masters World Championship is the biggest yet with three competition arenas under one roof. The finals for […] Read more >

Bom Dia from Sao Paulo! Intel Extreme Masters

Intel Extreme Masters is at Campus Party Sao Paulo hosting our final Global Championship of season 6. Starcraft II is the game at this particular Global Challenge with the top two finishers qualifying for the World Championship taking place in March at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany. We have gathered the top Starcraft II players from, […] Read more >

If you are a gamer you are going to want one of these!

Remember these numbers; 3930K, 3960X and X79 because if you are a serious gamer and/or computer enthusiast into photo, video or music creation you are gonna want one. The 3930K and 3960X are the latest Intel 2nd Generation Core i7 processors being released today for the enthusiast, and X79 Express is the chipset that supports […] Read more >

Intel Extreme Masters; Taking Comic Con to the Extreme

The Global Challenge NY competition here at IEM Comic Con has been intense, the preliminary qualifiers have taken place and the finals have been set with WinFakt vs SK Gaming battling it out for the Counter Strike 1.6 championship, FruitDealer faces off against DongRaeGu in StarCraft II and fnatic goes up against SK Gaming for […] Read more >

Intel Extreme Masters @ Comic Con NYC

We have brought the show to the Big Apple, Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge is packing in the crowds here at Comic Con. Gaming enthusiasts from all over NYC and the world have converged on the Intel Tournament Arena to watch the best eSports professionals compete for $93,000 in prize money. League of Legends, Starcraft […] Read more >

Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge with special guest Ani-Com & Games

The Global Challenge here at Intel Extreme Masters is moving right along, Starcraft II, League of Legends and Counter Strike 1.6 brackets are slowly determining who will play in the finals on Wednesday October 5th. To try and describe the action in my blog would be a disservice to the competition so to stay up […] Read more >

Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge, Guangzhou China is on!

Round two of Intel Extreme Masters Season VI has kicked off here in Guangzhou, China. Competitors from around the world have converged on the Intel Extreme Masters arena here at the Ani-Com and Games show to do battle. Featured games are Starcraft II, League of Legends and counter Strike 1.6. Competitors will be doing battle […] Read more >

Intel Extreme Masters, Some Assembly Required

As you can see by the picture, Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge here in Cologne is pretty darn popular, this was Fridays crowd watching the competition, Saturdays was bigger! So you may wonder what goes into putting on an Intel Extreme Masters? A lot of work, and literally, a ton of computers. Typically we start […] Read more >