ESL has announced the details for Intel Extreme Masters Season 11. The tournament series is returning to Katowice, running over two weekends with more than $600,000 in prizing – the biggest prize pool for an IEM event yet.
The tournaments will be taking place at the Spodek Arena and International Conference Center in Katowice, Poland, featuring three disciplines: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Starcraft 2 and League of Legends. ESL has not announced how the prize pool will be split yet.
The League of Legends finals will be hosted in the Spodek Arena on February 25-26, while the finals for CS:GO and StarCraft II tournaments follows on March 3-5 in both the Spodek Arena and the International Convention Center next to it.
An IEM Expo will be hosted alongside the competitive events on March 3-5 at the International Convention Center. Attendees can participate in different activities including free-to-play zones, Meet & Greet events, concerts, and raffles.
Michal Blicharz, VP of Pro Gaming at ESL, expressed his pride on the growth the event had shown.
“This event is growing every year. We will have the highest prize money in IEM history and will host more gamers than ever before.”
“Last March we thought we needed two arenas to really satisfy the number of people that wanted to the world’s best gamers compete at Intel Extreme Masters. We were obviously unable to construct a second indoor arena, so we’ve expanded the World Championship to take place over two major esports weekends.”
General admission to IEM Katowice will be free, and early admission tickets will be available for purchase on December 15. There will be a variety of passes on offer, including one-day tickets, weekend passes, premium tickets, and God Mode, which features a stay in a 5-star hotel room, access to the VIP area, catering, and other benefits.
The most recent event in the series, IEM Oakland, featured League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments. It was the second event in Season 11 and wil be closely followed by IEM Gyeonggi on December 16-18. IEM Gyeonggi will have both League of Legends and StarCraft II tournaments.