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IEM Katowice to have USD 500,000 prize pool next year

Prize pools in esport events are only moving in one direction. ESL, a tournament organiser, has announced that next year’s IEM Katowice event will have a USD 500,000 prize pool.

Nikhil Kalro
Freelance Esports Writer
18th Sep, 2019·☕️ 1 min read
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Prize pools in esport events are only moving in one direction. ESL, a tournament organiser, has announced that next year’s IEM Katowice event will have a USD 500,000 prize pool. The winner of the tournament will take away a prize of USD 250,000, as well as a point towards the third season of the Intel Grand Slam.

Format

There will be 16 teams participating in the tournament, ten will be invited and the remaining six will be determined through a qualifying regional event. There will be two double-elimination groups and a six-team playoff bracket, similar to other ESL events.

What was said?

“Here in Katowice we do not only remember but also make esports history,” Michal Blicharz, Vice President of Pro Gaming at ESL, said. “This Intel Extreme Masters will be very special in that respect. When it first took place in 2013 it started the era of esports mega tournaments. Now, a new era starts for us with the first-ever Masters Championship of the ESL Pro Tour.”

New stakes

This competition will be the first of the ESL Pro Tour, which is a global event made up of ESL and DreamHack tournaments with more than USD 5 million available as a prize pool. It will be the first of two such competitions, the other being ESL One Cologne in July.

Previous winners

Astralis, who won the previous Major event at Berlin earlier this month, are the defending champions of the IEM Katowice after beating ENCE Esports in the final last year. That event was ESL’s first major since 2016.

What does this mean?

As always, Katowice will be a huge attraction for any CS:GO team in the world. There is a nice competition between the top teams, including Liquid, the highest-ranked CS:GO team in the world, and Astralis, a top competitor to the world’s best. Katowice should see the biggest teams again with a huge prize pool on offer too.