An update on ESL Pro Tour & IEM Katowice 2021

Update Thursday, January 21 2021: 

COVID-19 remains a major barrier to the safety of our talent, players and staff. The decision has been made to revert our Championship to online play with all Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, StarCraft II and Warcraft III teams and players playing from locations in Europe.

News Monday, December 14 2020: 

The 2021 edition of Intel Extreme Masters Katowice hosting the Championship events for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, StarCraft II and Warcraft III: Reforged will not take place in Spodek due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  (Information for ticket holders is at the bottom of this post.)

All three tournaments are planned to be played without an audience, but as in person competition hosted on location in Europe.  Should COVID-19 remain a major barrier to the safety of our talent, players and staff we will then revert to online play in Europe.

The competitions are intended to be played as otherwise planned (with the exception of a date change in the DreamHack Warcraft III Championship):

IEM Katowice: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

  • ESL Pro Tour Masters Championship
  • Dates:
    • February 16-17 Play-In (unchanged)
    • February 18-21 Group Stage (unchanged)
    • February 26-28 Play offs (unchanged)
  • $1,000,000 prize purse
  • Intel Grand Slam status (Championship event status - winning it allows you to complete the Intel Grand Slam with four victories as opposed to six) Show rules
  • 24 team tournament (format unchanged)

IEM Katowice: StarCraft II

  • ESL Pro Tour Masters Championship
  • Dates: February 23-28 (unchanged)
  • $500,000 prize purse
  • 36 player tournament (format unchanged)

Check the StarCraft II Overview for details.

DreamHack Warcraft III Championship

  • ESL Pro Tour Championship
  • Dates: March 4-7 (new dates!)
  • $130,000 prize purse
  • 16 player tournament (format unchanged)

Check the Warcraft III Overview for details.

We expect that winning IEM Katowice will be as difficult as it ever has been and that it will be the best competition it can be.

We are still looking at options for our future tournaments in 2021 and when we can bring our events back to arenas, and will look to provide an update on this in January 2021.

We understand that many of you have already purchased tickets and are offering these people two options: you may keep your tickets for IEM Katowice 2022 OR you are entitled to a full refund. Ticket holders can get the full information here. 

We thank you for your ongoing support during these adaptive times and will keep you up to date. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and check our website for further updates!

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