ESL Confirms IEM Katowice 2020 With $500,000 Prize Pool
Posted 23rd September 2019 By: Derpina    258 Views
Esports News – We only have one CS:GO major tournament remaining before we proceed to the most-anticipated Global Finals, so major esports sponsors and organizations are now mapping out the next set of tournaments. ESL, the world’s largest esports company, announced next year’s IEM Katowice with a $500,000 prize pool on offer.
Michal Blicharz, Vice President of Pro Gaming at ESL, led the announcement: “Here in Katowice we do not only remember but also make esports history…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.”
A total of 16 CS:GO teams compete for the prize pool and the 2020 title from February 28 to March 1, 2020. There are 10 direct invites, while the other 6 come from the regional qualifiers. IEM Katowice 2020 follows the same format as IEM Katowice 2019, so the double-elimination groups and six-team playoff bracket stages will remain.
Coming next year, IEM Katowice 2020 is officially the first of the two Masters-level tournaments organized by the ESL Pro Tour, the first-ever global circuit event sponsored by ESL and DreamHack. The tour features over $5 million prize pool and 20 sponsored tournaments for amateur and professional players.
All 20 ESL Pro Tour competitions is split into two levels: Challenger and Masters. The first few tournaments lead to Masters-level tournaments, so DreamHack Open stops, ESEA MDL and the ESL National Championship will culminate before IEM Katowice 2020. After Katowice, the tour hosts the ESL One Cologne in July.
The grand final winner of IEM Katowice leaves with the $250,000 share from the prize pool and a point towards the Intel Grand Slam (IGS) Season 3. Assuming that it won’t be Astralis, the team has to face the reigning champion next year. Meanwhile, Astralis will reportedly defend their title at IEM Katowice 2019 and the IGS Season 2 award. Some of the top contenders for the crown include Team Liquid, FaZe Clan, Vitality, and G2 Esports.