Eight of the world’s best women’s CS:GO teams will battle for the Intel Challenge title and a $50,000 USD prize pool on February 28 - March 2, 2019 at IEM Katowice 2019.
The Intel Challenge started in 2015 to provide a platform for female players to compete on the global stage. It is a groundbreaking initiative between ESL, Intel and AnyKey to foster growth and diversity in esports by spotlighting the top women’s CS:GO teams and providing a platform for new leaders to emerge.
Team Dignitas, the 2018 Intel Challenge Champions, will receive a direct invite to participate in the group stage of the Intel Challenge, which takes place on February 28. The remaining seven slots will be filled through online qualifiers, which will take place in four regions, Europe, Asia, North America and South America, on the following dates:
- Team Dignitas, 2018 Champions (direct invite)
- January 25 - EU qualifier #1 - 1 slot
- January 28 - EU qualifier #2 - 1 slot
- January 30 - EU qualifier #3 - 1 slot
- February 2 - EU qualifier #4 - 1 slot
- January 25 - Asia qualifier - 1 slot
- January 26 – North America qualifier - 1 slot
- January 27 – South America qualifier - 1 slot
Click here to sign up for the Intel Challenge online qualifiers!*
*Please note that sign-ups will close one hour before each qualifier.
"In a world where anyone can enter ESL tournaments and compete, we think that there's no reason why a woman shouldn't be the champion of the biggest competitions,” said Michal Blicharz, Vice President of Pro Gaming at ESL. “We've built the Intel Challenge with Intel to help promote female role models in esports with the hope of inspiring more women to take up competitive gaming and try to become the best in the world."
“Esports and gaming are connecting people throughout the world and empowering diverse voices in ways that have not been possible before,” said John Bonini, VP of VR, Gaming and Esports at Intel. “Intel is committed to delivering world-class esports experiences, and that includes creating opportunities for diversity with initiatives like the Intel Challenge to shift the focus of esports toward a more inclusive one.”
“The Intel Challenge highlights some of the world’s best women in esports on one of the world’s biggest esports stages,” added Morgan Romine PhD, Director of Initiatives at AnyKey. These players are role models for aspiring esports competitors around the world, and always bring some exciting matches to Katowice.”