Employees from 30 corporations, including Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel, Twitter, and Zynga, are getting ready for Season Two of the After Hours Gaming League (AHGL). Microsoft is the reigning champion, having bested everyone else in the last season, but this year they found themselves utterly defeated. After four months of hard-fought battles, the StarCraft II Championship sees healthcare software company and newcomer Epic Systems battle IBM in the finals. In the League of Legends Championship, Amazon.com is set to compete against Electronic Arts. These contests will take place at Red Bull’s North American headquarters in Santa Monica on April 21 with their colleagues and supporters cheering them on from the sidelines.
Teams who were laid to waste during Season Two were Adobe, AMD, Digital Extremes, Dropbox, Ernst & Young, Facebook, FactSet, GearBox, Geek Squad, Google, Legend3D, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Mozilla, NVIDIA, Palantir, Pipeworks, Promethean World, Qualcomm, RapidShare, Shopify, TwitchTV, Twitter, Western Digital, Zappos, and Zynga.
The AHGL is a computer gaming league for major corporations. Launched with eight high tech companies in 2011, the AHGL has grown to include over 30 corporate teams in 2012, all vying for victory in StarCraft II and League of Legends. But what each team is really playing for is $10,000 ($5,00 for each championship team) to go to their charity of choice. The funds were graciously donated by Blizzard Entertainment and Riot Games
The AHGL is the brainchild of celebrity gamer Sean "Day" Plott, who was recently named to Forbes “30 under 30” list for his work as a gaming sportscaster.
"It’s a modern world – Online gamers are everywhere—including at top companies—and they are openly embracing their inner geek," Plott explains. "The popularity of the AHGL demonstrates that even the corporate softball team is being affected by disruptive technology. Game on!"
Season One AHGL videos were viewed more than 2.5 million times and the live finals (which were held on Facebook's campus last season) saw more than 11,000 concurrent viewers on the live internet stream. For more information about the event, check out http://AfterHoursGaming.tv.