The world’s leading gaming technology manufacturers, including Intel, BenQ, Gigabyte, HyperX and Roccat, will present their products and latest high-tech achievements during the Intel ESL Expo Katowice, a consumer electronics fair. The event becomes part of the Intel Extreme Masters World Championships, a pro gaming tournament.
The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship returns to Katowice between 12th and 15th of March 2015 and will be bigger than ever. Due to the massive success of previous years, the event has grown and this time will be held both in the „Spodek” arena and the adjacent International Convention Center (ICC).
The addition of the 8 000 sq. meters exhibition space in the ICC will allow for even more visitors and better distribution of stages, which were all previously housed in „Spodek”. As in previous years the finals of all three games will be held on Sunday in the arena, which will play host to League of Legends on 13th and 14th of March. Starcraft II and an Intel Sponsored CS:GO tournament will be played from 12th to 14th of March in the ICC before moving to „Spodek” on Sunday.
The organizers look forward to seeing even more visitors in 2015, than the already 73 000 people who attended the Katowice Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in 2014.
„It is fantastic to see that over the years we have turned e-sports from being a part of a larger exhibition into something that defines an entire convention where the best pro gamers are celebrated like superstars” – says George Woo, global sponsorships manager at Intel. „How far Intel Extreme Masters has come is amazing.”
„It is a testament to the place that e-sports holds in today’s youth culture that we have managed to build an entire expo around a video games tournament” – says Krzysztof Pikiewicz, managing director at ESL Poland. „The fans clearly wanted the event to be a festival for e-sports, video games and technology and that is what we are giving them.”
The event access is free of charge and participants can move around the two event venues freely. However, to avoid queues and to get a better seat, early entrance tickets for the days of 13-15th of March are available for purchase and will grant their holders priority entrance to the event. Premium event tickets are also available for the various games and competitions at the event and offer assigned seating, gift bags and more.
Those wishing to attend on 12th of March will need to purchase a business and media ticket, as access to the events (including conferences and seminars) in the Intel ESL Expo Katowice will be restricted on that day. However, the event will be open and free for the public from 13th to 15th of March. This includes all activities in the „Spodek” arena itself.
Tickets will be made available to the public in a number of waves, the first of which begins on 22nd of December at 4pm CET through TicketPro and at any of the 450 official TicketPro stores. There are various tickets available for purchase. The prices start at PLN 50.