Next weekend, the „Spodek” sport and exhibition hall will host gaming superstars from around the world during the Intel Extreme Masters’ finals. It will be the second time when the most popular e-sports event visits Katowice.
Last year, IEM attracted 50 000 fans and 5 million unique online viewers, making it the most successful European e-sports event in history. This year, from 14th to 16th of March, Katowice is the last stop of the tournament after Shanghai, New York, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Cologne, being the same the World Championship final of IEM. The final will mark the first time in the City that the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship is not held at the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany.
At the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship Katowice, e-sports players will compete for a total prize purse of USD 250 000. The tournament is organized by Electronic Sports League, along with the assistance of Valve Corporation and the partnership with the City of Katowice.
„What makes us special is the truly global nature of our event series. Our goal with the Intel Extreme Masters is to create unforgettable e-sports experiences and bring them to gamers everywhere in the world, including places where fans don’t normally get to see global e-sports superstars in person” – explains Michał Blicharz, director of pro gaming at ESL, quoted at the official website of the tournament.
Entry is free but priority entrance tickets were also available as queues are expected. However, the tickets are sold out at the moment, according to the organizer.
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