Events thrived in 2013 as the Electronic Sports League hosted a range of tournaments held in 6 different continents across countries such as the USA, China, Germany, Poland, Brazil and Singapore. The Intel Extreme Masters witnessed it’s first mega-stadium event with IEM Katowice 2013 taking place in the Polish Spodek Arena. Hosting game titles such as League of Legends and StarCraft II, the Spodek Arena also featured it’s first Counter-Strike Global Offensive tournament in which the legendary core of pasha, TaZ and NEO crowned themselves champions under ESC Gaming.
League of Legends continued to garner strong prize pools and participation with CJ Entus Blaze winning the IEM World Championship 2013 in Hannover, Germany. Counter-Strike Global Offensive continued to grow as teams competed for over $115,000 USD making it the largest CS:GO competition at the time. Ninjas In Pyjamas proved themselves to be the best team in Europe winning EMS One: Spring 2013.
StarCraft II also flourished with five of it’s own events held during 2013 with South Korean competitors dominating the scene. With these events booming ESL TV viewership numbers peaked at 318,000 concurrent viewers during IEM Katowice 2013, game titles such as League of Legends, StarCraft II and Counter-Strike Global Offensive cemented their stance as top spectator esports around the world.