Electronic Sports League (ESL), the largest tournament organizer in the world, is raising the stakes for IEM Katowice 2017.
The new Intel Extreme Masters Season 11 will boast a monstrous $600,000 prize pool, the largest to date for an IEM event. According to the announcement, the tournament series is returning to Katowice, Poland where it will run over two weekends for the first time.
The League of Legends finals are scheduled to take place between February 25-26 in the Spodek Arena. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and StarCraft II finals will follow on March 3-5 in both the Spodek Arena and the International Convention Center, which are adjacent to each other.
Additionally, the tournament organizer will be hosting its IEM Expo at the International Convention Center where attendees can participate in various activities. This includes raffles, concerts, gaming zones, socializing with esports celebrities, and more.
The decision to split IEM Katowice 2017 between two weekends is based on scheduling issues that the organizer faced last year. Vice president of pro gaming at ESL Michael Blicharz confirmed that the two venues would allow the organizer to “really satisfy the number of people” that want to experience an action-packed esports event.
Those interested in attending IEM Katowice 2017 should start considering its various passes. There are one-day and weekended passes available for both weekends. There also also Premium tickets that that include “goodies” and better seating options. Finally, there’s the God Mode ticket which features a stay in a 5-star hotel room, access to the VIP area, catering, and other benefits.
For additional information regarding ticketing, head over to the official IEM Katowice web-page.
Last year, IEM Katowice broke all previous ESL records by attracting over 34 million unique viewers with a peak of 2 million concurrent viewers. The organizer will undoubtedly be working to expand on those numbers next year with Season 11.