Intel Extreme Masters is one of the largest esports event series in the world, and now in its ninth season with the World Championships in Katowice fast approaching, it's still going from strength to strength. This is in part thanks to League of Legends having joined the Intel Extreme Masters lineup four years ago, and with the game's stars set to clash in both San Jose and Cologne alongside some of the biggest names in StarCraft II before the year is out, there's still a lot more excitement to come.
The last big Intel Extreme Masters event scheduled to take place before the finals in Katowice is Intel Extreme Masters Taipei, at the Taipei Game Show from January the 28th to February the 1st 2015.
At least two teams from Taiwan and Hong Kong and six other competitors from around the globe will make up the final eight League of Legends teams who'll be competing, with the following teams already confirmed as being part of the lineup:
- AHQ eSports Club
- Hong Kong eSports
- Logitech Snipers
- Machi eSports
- Taipei Assassins
- Yoe Flash Wolves
How qualification works
The final points calculations will be made on the 10th of November, whereupon those teams officially recognized as having the most points will qualify. The qualified teams will then travel to the Garena Stadium in Neihu, where the offline part of the tournament will take place.
The event will use a best of three double elimination format, with the winners of the upper and lower brackets qualifying for participation in the Intel Extreme Masters Taiwan event.
The Intel Extreme Masters Taiwan qualifiers will run at the Neihu Garena Stadium from the 26th of November until the 12th of December every Wednesday to Sunday. All of the qualifiers will be broadcast live, with more information about tickets and match schedules still to come.
Follow the official Intel Extreme Masters site for all the latest qualifier news and more about the main event.