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IEM Katowice 2023 - How To Watch, Schedule, Format, Teams & More

Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Katowice 2023 kicks off on 1 February. Here's how to watch the games, schedule, format, teams, and loads more!
IEM Katowice 2023 - How To Watch, Schedule, Format, Teams & More

The Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Katowice returns for another year of intense, high-octane esports action. As one of the most highly-anticipated events on the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitive calendar, enthusiasts can look forward to watching the best teams worldwide compete for a $1 million prize pool and steal the hearts of Polish CS:GO fans at the Spodek Arena.

The championship matches will occur between 1-12 February 2023 and host 24 of the world's greatest CS:GO teams, including big names like FaZe, Team Vitality, Team Liquid, Natus Vincere, and more. That said, here's everything to know about the IEM Katowice 2023, including how to watch the games, schedule, tournament format, all the teams competing, and more!

Updated on 13 February: We will try to keep this hub page as up-to-date as possible. If you're looking for the latest IEM Katowice 2023 results and standings, go here.

How To Watch IEM Katowice 2023 Streams

As always, the IEM Katowice 2023 championship will be broadcast on the ESL Counter-Strike official Twitch channel. In addition, a simulcast and videos of all the games will be available on the ESL YouTube channel. The matches will be live across three main Twitch streams, each embedded below for your viewing consideration.

ESL CS:GO Main Stream

ESL CS:GO Stream B

ESL CS:GO Stream C

Note: French language simulcasts for each stream are also available on Twitch.

IEM Katowice 2023 - Format & Schedule

The IEM Katowice 2023 tournament will take place from 1-12 February 2023, split into three phases: Play-Ins, Group Stage, and Playoffs. You can find the complete schedule and times for each stage of the event below. We'll update the entries below daily.

IEM Katowice 2023 Play-Ins

The tournament will start with a Play-In stage, which will take place from 1-3 February 2023. The Play-In stage will feature a double-elimination bracket: opening matches will be BO1, and all following matches will be BO3. The top eight teams from the Play-In stage will advance to the Group Stage.

1 February

Play-In Stage Teams Time Stream
UB Round 1 Cloud9 vs IHC 2 AM PT Stream B
UB Round 1 ENCE vs paiN 2 AM PT Stream A
UB Round 1 MIBR vs NIP 3:15 AM PT Stream A
UB Round 1 Spirit vs Grayhound 3:15 AM PT Stream B
UB Round 1 Sprout vs OG 4:30 AM PT Stream A
UB Round 1 Fnatic vs EG 4: 30 AM PT Stream B
UB Round 1 BIG vs Complexity 5:45 AM PT Stream A
UB Round 1 FURIA vs Permitta 5:45 AM PT Stream B
UB Round 2 Spirit vs  NIP 7 AM PT Stream A
UB Round 2 Cloud9 vs ENCE 7 AM PT Stream B
UB Round 2 Fnatic vs OG 10:30 AM PT Stream A
UB Round 2 FURIA vs BIG 10:30 AM PT Stream B

2 February

Play-In Stage Teams Time Stream
LB Round 1 Grayhound vs MIBR 7 AM PT Stream A
LB Round 1 IHC vs Pain 7 AM PT Stream B
LB Round 1 EG vs Sprout 10:30 AM PT Stream A
LB Round 1 Permitta vs Complexity 10:30 AM PT Stream B

 3 February

Play-In Stage Teams Time Stream
LB Round 2 ENCE vs Complexity 7 AM PT Stream A
LB Round 2 Spirit vs Sprout 7 AM PT Stream A
LB Round 2 Fnatic vs MIBR 10:30 AM PT Stream A
LB Round 2 FURIA vs IHC 10:30 AM PT Stream A

Note: Matches may run over time.

IEM Katowice 2023 Group Stage

The Group Stage of the IEM Katowice 2023 will take place from 4-7 February 2023. This stage will feature two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups, each comprising eight teams. All matches during the Group Stage will be BO3. The top three teams from each group will advance to the Playoffs. The winners will advance to the Semifinals, while the runners-up will advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds. The Group Stage 3rd place teams will advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds.

4 February

Group Stage Teams Time Stream
Group A UB Round 1 Cloud9 vs NAVI 3:30 AM PT Stream A
Group A UB Round 1 G2 vs BIG 3:30 AM PT Stream B
Group A UB Round 1 FaZe vs Spirit 7 AM PT Stream A
Group A UB Round 1 Vitality vs NIP 7 AM PT Stream B
Group B UB Round 1 Liquid vs IHC 10:30 AM PT Stream A
Group B UB Round 1 OG vs MOUZ 10:30 AM PT Stream B

5 February

Group Stage Teams Time Stream
Group B UB Round 1 Heroic vs Complexity 3:30 AM PT Stream A
Group B UB Round 1 Fnatic vs Outsiders 3:30 AM PT Stream B
Group A UB Round 2 G2 vs FaZe 7 AM PT Stream A
Group A LB Round 1 BIG vs Spirit 7 AM PT Stream B
Group A UB Round 2 NAVI vs Liquid 10:30 AM PT Stream A
Group A LB Round 1 Cloud9 vs IHC 10:30 AM PT Stream B

6 February

Group Stage Teams Time Stream
Group B LB Round 1 Complexity vs MOUZ 3:30 AM PT Stream A
Group B LB Round 1 NIP vs Outsiders 3:30 AM PT Stream B
Group B UB Round 2 Heroic vs OG 7 AM PT Stream A
Group B UB Round 2 Vitality vs Fnatic 7 AM PT Stream B
Group A LB Round 2 FaZE vs IHC 10:30 AM PT Stream A
Group A LB Round 2 Liquid vs Spirit 10:30 AM PT Stream B

7 February

Group Stage Teams Time Stream
Group B LB Round 2 Fnatic vs Complexity 3:30 AM PT Stream A
Group B LB Round 2 OG vs Outsiders 3:30 AM PT Stream B
Group B UB Round 3 Heroic vs Vitality 7 AM PT Stream A
Group A LB Round 3 FaZe vs Liquid 7 AM PT Stream B
Group A UB Round 3 G2 vs NAVI 10:30 AM PT Stream A
Group B LB Round 3 Outsiders vs Complexity 10:30 AM PT Stream B

Note: Matches may run over time.

IEM Katowice 2023 Playoffs

The IEM Katowice 2023 Playoffs will take place from 10-12 February 2023. This stage will feature a single-elimination bracket, where the Quarterfinals and Semifinals will be BO3, and the Grand Final will be BO5. This will be the tournament's most exciting and intense part, as the best teams worldwide will compete for the top prize.

10 February

Playoffs Stage Teams Time Stream
Quarterfinals NAVI vs Outsiders 6:30 AM PT Stream A
Quarterfinals Liquid vs Vitality 10 AM PT Stream A

11 February

Playoffs Stage Teams Time Stream
Semifinals Heroic vs NAVI 6:30 AM PT Stream A
Semifinals G2 vs Liquid 10 AM PT Stream A

12 February

Playoffs Stage Teams Time Stream
Grand Finals G2 Esports vs Heroic 7 AM PT Stream A

Note: Matches may run over time.

IEM Katowice 2023 - All Teams & Seeding

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Teams competing in Play-In Stage at IEM Katowice 2023. (Picture: ESL)

Twenty-four teams are participating in the IEM Katowice 2023 championships, each listed below. Specifically, this includes teams ranking at the top of the ESL World Rankings in Europe, Asia, Oceania, and South and North America regions or by winning qualifying events.

Directly Invited Teams

  • FaZe Clan (IEM Cologne 2022 Champions)
  • Team Vitality (ESL Pro League Season 16 Champions)
  • Outsiders (IEM Rio Major 2022 Champions)
  • Heroic (ESL World Ranking)
  • Team Liquid (ESL World Ranking)
  • Natus Vincere (ESL World Ranking)
  • G2 Esports (ESL World Ranking)
  • MOUZ (ESL World Ranking)

Play-In Teams

  • Ninjas in Pyjamas (ESL World Ranking EU)
  • Team Spirit (ESL World Ranking EU)
  • Cloud9 (ESL World Ranking EU)
  • Complexity Gaming (ESL World Ranking NA)
  • FURIA Esports (ESL World Ranking NA)
  • MIBR (ESL World Ranking SA)
  • IHC Esports (ESL World Ranking AS)
  • Grayhound Gaming (ESL World Ranking OCE)
  • OG (ESL World Ranking)
  • ENCE (ESL World Ranking)
  • BIG (ESL World Ranking)
  • Sprout (ESL World Ranking)
  • Pain Gaming (ESL World Ranking)
  • Evil Geniuses (ESL World Ranking)
  • Fnatic (Elisa Masters 2022)
  • Permitta Esports (Mistrzostwa Polski 2022)

IEM Katowice 2023 - Prize Pool and Overall Standings

The prize pool distribution and overall standings of the IEM Katowice 2023 tournament are indicated below.

Placement Prize Money Team
1st

$400,000

Qualifies for IEM Cologne 2023

G2 Esports
2nd $180,000 Heroic
3rd - 4th $80,000 Team Liquid
Natus Vincere
5th - 6th $40,000 Team Vitality
Outsiders
7th - 8th $24,000 FaZe Clan
Complexity
9th - 12th $16,000 IHC Esports
Team Spirit 
Fnatic
OG
13th - 16th $10,000 Cloud9
BIG
MOUZ
Ninjas in Pyjamas
17th - 20th $4,500 ENCE
Sprout
MIBR
FURIA Esports
20th - 24th $2,500 Permitta Esports
Evil Geniuses
Grayhound Gaming
Pain Gaming

That's everything you need to know about the IEM Katowice 2023 championship.