Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2016 becomes ESL’s largest ever esports event

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2016 becomes ESL’s largest ever esports event

It’s official! Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2016 has yet again set a new all-time high in viewership and engagement, making it the biggest esports event in ESL history.
The finals of the tenth Intel Extreme Masters season were seen by more than 34 million unique viewers - a staggering 32% increase on last year. The three-day main event itself saw 113,000 fans stream into the Spodek arena and IEM Expo, with the finals of each Intel Extreme Masters tournament taking place in front of 10,000 fans in the sold-out stadium.
Check out our infographic for more details and interesting facts about the event!

Michal Blicharz, VP of pro gaming at ESL, had the following to say about the event’s incredible increase in popularity:
“Coming to Katowice for the IEM finals is the highlight of my year. Every second of the tournament can create a memory which is never forgotten and that’s what makes the magic of the event. If I were to pinpoint the reason why more people tune in every year, it’s that magic of our event that has a lot to do with it.”
You can find all the tournament VODs from Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2016 in their respective ESL YouTube playlists, while we’ve gathered the best pictures from all the competitions over at the official ESL Flickr.
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