IEM Katowice 2022 to Present $1.5 Million Prize Pool with Live Audience

ESL has released details on IEM Katowice 2022, one of the biggest esports tournaments that will take place every year. This year, ESL celebrates the tenth anniversary of IEM Katowice, with a whopping $1.5 million prize pool split between CS:GO ($1 million) and StarCraft II ($500k).

The event is scheduled to take place from 15order to 27order February will kick off the 2022 competitive circuit for CS:GO. The event will take place in front of a live audience at the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland.

This will be a chance for CS:GO teams to not only win a share of the total prize pool, but also with ESL Pro Tour (EPT) Points. Ticket sales for the tournament are already sold out and it looks like the community is excited to start the new year on top of this.

IEM Katowice 2022 will take place on LAN in front of a live audience

The last time IEM Katowice was held in front of a live audience was in 2019 as the CS:GO Major. It also took place on LAN in 2020, but had to turn into a studio event due to the pandemic. However, the tournament finally returned to take place in grand style at the Spodek Arena in Katowice, from 15order to 27order February.

IEM Katowice 2022: Participating Teams

A total of 24 CS:GO teams will compete at IEM Katowice 2022. While 8 teams will advance directly to the Group Stage, the remaining 16 teams will have to play through the Round. Teams are seeded based on their ESL ranking

  • Gambit Esports

  • Natus Vincere

  • G2 Esports

  • Hero

  • Team Vitality


  • Team Liquid


  • Waitress in pajamas

  • Astralis

  • The FaZe Family

  • God of Calls

  • Add salt

  • MIBR


  • Extend

  • BIG

  • Entropyq

  • OG Esports

  • The Copenhagen Flame

  • Fnatic

  • ENCE

  • MOUZ

  • Wisla Krakow

IEM Katowice 2022: Format

The tournament will begin with a Play-In phase, a 16-team knockout. The opening games will be the best series while all the rest will be one of the three best series. Past this stage, only the top eight teams will advance further into the Main Event, while the rest of the teams will be eliminated.

This stage of the tournament will feature two knockout groups of eight teams each, each match being a series of three. The top three teams in each group will advance to the “Playoffs”.

The final stage of the tournament will see a knockout round, where each match will be a best-of-three series, with the exception of the grand final which will be the mid-year match.

IEM Katowice 2022: ESL Pro Attractions and Prize Pools

The tournament will have a total prize pool of $1.5 million, among these CS:GO teams will compete for $1 million to be divided among all 24 participating teams. In addition, teams will also be awarded ESL Pro Tour points based on their ranking.

The CS:GO community is excited to see IEM Katowice 2022 kick off the 2022 round of competition and also IEM Katowice 2022 – SC II Tournaments.

It will be interesting to see if NAVI can continue where they left off or the arrival of a new season brings a new team that can compete with them. IEM Katowice 2022 to Present $1.5 Million Prize Pool with Live Audience


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