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The most prestigious esports competition

The Intel® Extreme Masters is the longest running global pro gaming competition in the world. Founded in 2006 by ESL, the circuit features Counter-Strike: Global Offensive & StarCraft II tournaments across the globe. Embarking on it's 14th year, the competition is considered one of the most respected and unmatched in the esports industry.

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Last update 02/2019 with facts from 2006

About IEM

Featured Games
The format
Premier esport
Schedule 2019

Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)

Released in 2012, is an online tactical first-person shooter (FPS) game developed by Valve Corporation and Hidden Path Entertainment. The game is objective based with players working in teams to eliminate the enemy team through tactical advancements.

StarCraft II

StarCraft II is a real-time strategy (RTS) game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. At the time of its release, StarCraft II became the fastest-selling RTS game, with over three million copies sold worldwide in the first month. Today, StarCraft II is one of the most popular 1on1 esport competitions with millions of dollars in prize money.

~ 180 h Total content production per event

2-3 Day Play-Offs

(Offline with audience)

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4-6 teams

~ 25 H

3 Day Group Stages

(OFFLINE without audience)

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8-16 teams

~ 35 H

Open & Closed Qualifiers

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seeded invitations

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open participation

~ 120 H

World's best gamers

Above all, it’s a premier esports competition for the world’s best.

Growth of esports

IEM helps develop esports stars worldwide, gives chances to gamers from every corner of the world.

Globality

IEM stretches the esports map and brings the world’s best gamers to the most distant (and the coolest) places on earth.

Celebration

IEM is a festival that celebrates more than one game and more than just the pro gamer aspect of esports.

TRADITION & esports HISTORY

IEM has over a decade of history, tradition and prestige and is one of the most meaningful trophies one can win in all of esports.

February

Katowice

CS:GO, SC II

May

Sydney

CS:GO

February

Katowice

CS:GO, SC II

May

Sydney

CS:GO

July

Chicago

CS:GO

tbd

Shanghai ?

CS:GO, SC II ?
With unbelievable lightshows
Enthusiastic fans
Relaxed time-outs

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