Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) returns to Katowice, Poland, on March 2-4 to conclude one of the biggest seasons yet in the world’s longest-running global esports tournament. At last year’s IEM Katowice, 173,000 fans packed Spodek Arena, while 46 million tuned in online – making it the most-watched broadcast in ESL’s history.
This year, an even larger audience will witness the world champions crowned for “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” (“CS:GO”) and “StarCraft II.” In addition, the IEM Expo will feature a women’s “CS:GO” invitational, as well as the VR Challenger League Grand Finals, which concludes a groundbreaking season for the first virtual reality esports league.
To catch all the action, tune in starting Friday, March 2, on ESL TV.
Prizes: The total prize pool for the three-day esports event is $950,000:
- $500,000 total prize pool for “CS:GO”
- $400,000 total prize pool for “StarCraft II”
Intel Grand Slam: The top 16 “CS:GO” teams will take the seventh step in the Intel Grand Slam series, which will award a $1 million bonus prize to the first “CS:GO” team that wins four of the last 10 “CS:GO” ESL and Dramhack events.
IEM Expo: The fourth edition of the IEM Expo takes place at the International Conference Centre, adjacent to the Spodek Arena, with a massive interactive floorshow highlighting the latest in gaming and esports technology, as well as exciting tournaments:
- VR Challenger League – Games: “The Unspoken” and “Echo Arena;” total season prize pool: $200,000
- Intel Challenge Katowice 2018 – Game: “CS:GO;” prize pool: $50,000
- HGC 2018 Western Clash – Game: “Heroes of the Storm;” prize pool: $100,000
- Crossfire IEM EXPO Invitational 2018 – Game: “Crossfire;” prize pool: $30,000
“Intel Extreme Masters Katowice and IEM Expo will be the center of the global esports world with over 100,000 fans cheering on their favorite teams alongside the millions watching at home,” said John Bonini, vice president and general manager of the VR, Gaming and Esports Group at Intel Corporation. “Following a groundbreaking tournament at IEM PyeongChang, Intel is proud to continue fostering esports on a global stage alongside our partners.”
About Intel® Extreme Masters
Intel® Extreme Masters is the longest-running global pro gaming tour in the world. Started in 2006 by ESL, the competition features the world’s best gamers in multiple esports titles. With IEM having over a decade of history, it is considered one of the most prestigious and traditional events in the world. Official website: www.intelextrememasters.com