Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2021 Will be an In-Person Competition With No Audience

ESL Gaming announced Monday that Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2021 will be played in-person at a studio in Europe, though a specific location was not given at the time of writing. An in-person audience will not be allowed for the 2021 event due to concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

ESL said that the situation will continuously evaluated, suggesting that plans could change prior to the event happening on Feb. 26 – 28:

“The decision will be continuously evaluated in line with the latest guidance as we approach the tournament date, with a fallback contingency plan in place to host the competition online if required.”

IEM Katowice 2021 will serve as host to several championship-level competitions for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, StarCraft II, and Warcraft III: Reforged.

Those who purchased tickets for the 2021 event can either hold onto them for the 2022 event or seek a refund.

ESL also revealed details on several competitions taking place during and after IEM Katowice 2021:

IEM Katowice: CS:GO

ESL Pro Tour Masters Championship

Dates: Feb. 16-17 Play-In  

Feb. 18-21 Group Stage  

February 26-28 Play offs 

$1M USD prize pool

24 team tournament  

 

IEM Katowice: StarCraft II

ESL Pro Tour Masters Championship

Dates: Feb. 23-28 (unchanged)

$500K prize pool

36 player tournament 

 

DreamHack Warcraft III Championship

ESL Pro Tour Championship

Dates: March 4-7

$130K prize pool

16 player tournament 

 

IEM Katowice has been, prior to 2020, an in-person multi-title competition hosted by the city of Katowice, Poland. This year the event was scheduled to feature a live audience, but at the last minute, organizers changed the format over health and safety concerns.


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