ESL has revealed the details of the finals for Intel Extreme Masters 2017 tournament, which will be taking place at Katowice in Poland. The event will have $600,000 available in prizes, making it the largest prize pool for an IEM event yet. IEM Katowice will take place over two days - a first for the competition - and will see the finals to IEM's League Of Legends, StarCraft II and CS:GO tournaments. As part of the announcement, ESL revealed that the League Of Legends competition will take place over the weekend of 25-26 February, while the remaining two finals for CS:GO and SC2 will take place the following weekend between 3-5 March. The reason for this, says ESL, was the inability to build a second stage to play host to multiple tournaments over one weekend. As part of IEM Katowice the IEM Expo will also take place at Katowice's International Convention Center during the 3-5 March with additional activities for attendees to take part in, from meeting popular esports stars and industry figures, free-to-play zones and concerts. Tickets for the event will go on sale from 15 December with choices between the standard access tickets - either single day or weekend long events - as well as VIP 'God Mode' tickets that provide additional benefits, including stay in a 5-star hotel. This announcement follows the close of IEM Oakland, a recent event that saw teams in CS:GO and League Of Legends competing for victory. The CS:GO matches culminated in a battle between SK Gaming and Ninjas In Pyjamas, with famed team NiP taking the grand finals with a 2-1 victory. The League Of Legends games saw six significant teams from across the globe compete, the grand finals taking place between Unicorns Of Love and Flash Wolves - with the former going on to win the competition with a close 3-2 victory over FW. After the close of the IEM Oakland competition, South Korean team Longzhu Gaming announced that all of its pro players and its coaches have left the team. The next IEM event will be IEM Gyeonggi in South Korea on the 16-18 December.
IEM Katowice Detailed, Will Have Biggest Prize Pool Yet
Published on December 1st, 2016