Red Bull LAN Invitational Kicks Off In Orlando March 16th

e-Sports athletes aren't your typical gamers. Sure, they play games like Halo: Reach and StarCraft II just like any of us, but these guys and gals are the best of the best, the big-timers, the bad-asses. Today, Red Bull Gaming announced that the 2012 Red Bull LAN Training Invitational will be making it's first stop in Orlando to give these gaming professionals time to practice for upcoming 2012 competitions. Best of all they're going to do live stream each night of the event so we can see how the greatest players in the world get their game on!

The opening 2012 Red Bull LAN will take place March 16-18 at Full Sail University where 12 of the best StarCraft II players from Korea, Sweden, USA, and Germany will participate alongside twelve of the best Halo: Reach players.

From the press release...

Taking advantage of this distraction-free training camp environment, these leading e-Sports athletes will hit their respective playing fields for more than ten hours each day of the Red Bull LAN, testing new strategies, scrimmaging in intense sessions, reviewing films of gameplay to improve their performance and refining their techniques for professional matches. Other resources afforded to these athletes include access to a sports psychologist and nutritional analysis, ensuring that each competitor has the tools and knowledge to compete at their highest level.

There's no doubt this is going to be a hardcore gaming session and while the students at Full Sail University will have the best view of all the action we'll still be able to get in on it too. StarCraft experts Sean “Day[9]” Plott and Marcus “djWHEAT” Wheat will be hosting 3 dedicated streams and recently retired Red Bull Gaming athlete Dave "Walshy" Walsh will be hosting the Halo: Reach stream each night from 6pm – 12pm ET on, and

Want to know who's going to be participating in this invite-only event? You can check out the lineups for Halo: Reach and StarCraft II below, but keep in mind there will be more players announced for StarCraft II.

StarCraft II

Won “PartinG” Lee Sak (Protoss, South Korea)

Johan “NaNiwa” Lucchesi (Protoss, Sweden)

Kim “SaSe” Hammar (Protoss, Sweden)

Marcus “ThorZaIN” Eklöf (Terran, Sweden)

Dennis “HasuObs” Schneider (Protoss, Germany)

Shawn “Sheth” Simon (Zerg, USA)

Joseph “Ret” de Kroon (Zerg, Netherlands)

Jin Young “JYP” Park (Protoss, South Korea)

Ho Joon “Puma” Lee (Terran, South Korea)

Halo: Reach

Gamers play competitively in teams of four.

Dave “Walshy” Walsh (Three-time national champion)

Ian “Enable” Wyatt

Mike “Flamesword” Chaves

Matthew “Royal 2” Fiorante

Paul “Snakebite” Duarte

Justin “Pistola” Deese

Justin “Roy” Brown

Jason “Lunchbox” Brown

Tom “Ogre 2” Ryan

TJ “Lxthul” Campbell

Joseph “Tizoxic” Campbell

Bryan “Legit” Rizzo

Ryan “Destin” Means

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