Jess Colwill, December 2, 2016

Intel Extreme Masters Season 11 Returns To Poland

ESL has announced that the Intel Extreme Masters will be returning to Katowice, Poland for Season 11’s 2017 World Championship.

The event will run over two weekends in February and March of next year, with more than $600,000 in prizes on the line. This is the largest prize pool for any IEM event to date.

The IEM Expo will be hosted alongside the World Championship, running from March 3-5 at the Katowice International Convention Centre. Expo attendants will get a chance to enjoy concerts, meet-and-greet events with the pros, and free play zones.

League of Legends will be the first final in the Spodek Arena on February 25-26. StarCraft II and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will follow on March 3-5 at both the Spodek Arena and the International Convention Centre.

General admission to the IEM event will be free of charge, although early admission tickets will go on sale on December 15th. One-day tickets, weekend passes and premium tickets are all available, along with a 'God Mode' tier which features “a stay in a 5-star hotel room, access to the VIP area, catering, and other benefits.”

"Last March we thought we needed two arenas to really satisfy the number of people that wanted to the world's best gamers compete at Intel Extreme Masters,” said ESL’s VP of Pro Gaming Michal Blicharz

“We were obviously unable to construct a second indoor arena, so we've expanded the World Championship to take place over two major esports weekends."

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.