Published on March 3rd, 2018 | by Admin

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice Starts March 2 with a Total Prize Pool of $950,000

VR Challenger League Grand Finals and Women’s CS:GO Invitational Headline the IEM Expo

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 into 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 being crowned for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 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 VR esports league.

To catch all the action, tune in starting Friday, March 2, at

  • The total prize pool for this 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 also be taking the seventh step in the Intel Grand Slam series, which will award a $1,000,000 bonus prize to the first CS:GO team that wins four out of the last 10 CS:GO ESL and Dramhack events.
      • The fourth edition of the IEM Expo will be taking 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:

“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. “Following a groundbreaking tournament at IEM PyeongChang, Intel is proud to continue fostering esports on a global stage alongside our partners.”

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