The Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Katowice 2022 even marks yet another historic Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) esports event and is the first major tournament in 2022, with the Main Event running from 25th to 27th February.
The championship matches will go live at the Spodek Arena in Poland, hosting 24 of the world's greatest CS:GO teams, including prominent names like Gambit, Vitality, and Natus Vincere, who recently won the BLAST Premier.
Better still, the IEM Katowice 2022 boasts a massive $1 million prize pool, another point in the Intel Grand Slam, and high-octane CS:GO esports that fans love. Here's everything you need to know about the event, including how to watch the matches live, schedule and format, all the teams competing, and more!
How to watch IEM Katowice 2022 live streams?
IEM Katowice 2022 will be broadcast on the ESL Counter-Strike official Twitch channel. The matches will be live across three main streams, each embedded below for your viewing consideration.
ESL CSGO Main Stream
ESL CSGO Stream B
ESL CSGO Stream C
If you miss any of the matches, don't worry -- you can always watch the VOD on the ESL CSGO YouTube channel.
IEM Katowice 2022 - Schedule and Format
There are three stages, namely: Play-In, Group Stage and Playoffs.
- Play-In Stage: 15th - 16th February
- Group Stage: 17th - 20th February
- Playoffs: 25th - 27th February
- 25/2 - Game 1 -15:30 CET
- 25/2 - Game 2 -19:00 CET
- 26/2 - Game 1 - 15:30 CET
- 26/2 - Game 2 - 19:00 CET
- 27/2 - Finals - 17:00 CET
IEM Katowice 2022 Play-In Stage
There are 16 teams competing in the Play-Ins. This stage will follow a double-elimination format, with the opening matches being played in a BO1. The remaining games are played in BO3. The top 8 teams in the Play-In stage will advance to the Playoffs.
IEM Katowice 2022 Group Stage
The Group Stage will comprise two groups of eight teams competing in a double-elimination bracket. All matches are played in a BO3, and the top 3 teams in each group will advance to the Playoffs.
IEM Katowice 2022 Playoffs
The Playoffs will see two teams seeded to the Semi-Finals and four teams seeded to the Quarter-Finals. All matches will be played in a BO3, except for the Grand Finals, played in a BO5.
IEM Katowice 2022 - All teams competing
We've listed all of 24 teams competing in the various stages below of IEM Katowice 2022.
Teams competing in Play-In Stage:
- Ninjas in Pyjamas (EPT Invite EU)
- Astralis (EPT Invite EU)
- FaZe Clan (EPT Invite EU)
- Godsent (EPT Invite NA)
- MIBR (EPT Invite SA)
- Renegades (EPT Invite OCE)
- BIG (ESL WR Invite)
- Entropiq (ESL WR Invite)
- OG Esports (ESL WR Invite)
- Copenhagen Flames (ESL WR Invite)
- Fnatic (ESL WR Invite)
- Ence (ESL WR Invite)
- Mouz (ESL WR Invite)
- Wisła All in! (Polish National Championship)
- Movistar Riders (NA Qualifier)
- Sprout (EPT Invite)
Teams competing in Group Stage:
- Gambit Esports (EPT Invite EU)
- Natus Vincere (EPT Invite EU)
- G2 Esports (EPT Invite EU)
- Heroic (EPT Invite EU)
- Team Vitality (EPT Invite EU)
- Virtus.Pro (EPT Invite EU)
- Team Liquid (EPT Invite NA)
- Furia (EPT Invite NA)
After advancing from the Play-In Stage, the following teams earned a spot in the Group Stages.
- Copenhagen Flames
- FaZe Clan
Teams competing in Playoffs:
- FaZe Clan
- Gambit Esports
- G2 Esports
- Natus Vincere
IEM Katowice 2022 - Prize Pool and Points
|3rd - 4th||1100||$80,000|
|5th - 6th||825||$40,000|
|7th - 8th||575||$24,000|
|9th - 12th||325||$16,000|
|13th - 16th||125||$10,000|
|17th - 20th||60||$4,500|
|21st - 24th||0||$2,500|
And that's it! We encourage you to check out the official IEM Katowice 2022 tournament page for more information.
Featured image courtesy of ESL Gaming.