Intel Extreme Masters is the longest running global gaming tour and since its inception in 2006, over $4 million has been given out in prize money to the world’s most talented gamers. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, on the other hand, is one of the world’s most popular eSports titles and it’s also the second most played title on Steam (another eSports-friendly title, Dota 2, holds the top spot).
So what do you get when you put CS:GO and IEM together? Viewers get the opportunity for some fantastic competitive gaming, while players get the chance to line their pockets with all of that prize money. At IEM Katowice, more great gaming will be on show as some of CS:GO‘s best women’s teams will face-off for a $30,000 prize fund.
IEM Katowice to Host Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Best Women’s Teams
Announced via press release, Intel and the ESL (Electronic Sports League, a co-organiser in the event) will once again host the Intel Challenge at IEM Katowice 2016. At the event, which takes place alongside the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive‘s most talented women’s teams will compete for the Intel Challenge Katowice 2016 title as well as a shot at a total prize pool of $30,000.
Described as the “premier women’s competition”, the Intel Challenge Katowice 2016 tournament will feature eight teams in all. Five of these teams will be invited directly from North America, Europe and Asia while the remaining three spots will be awarded to NA and EU teams (one to NA, two to EU), picked from online qualifiers hosted by ESEA (E-Sports Entertainment Association).
Qualifiers take place on January 24: NA teams can sign up here, EU teams can sign up here and those hoping to be directly invited to the tournament should click here. The eight teams lucky enough to make it to Katowice (IEM/ELS cover travel and accommodation) will then take part in an offline group stage on March 5, with playoffs on March 6.
Ticket for IEM Katowice 2016 are also available on the official IEM website.