IEM Katowice to host $50,000 Intel Challenge female tournament

IEM Katowice, which will be the site of the first Major of 2019, will also host the Intel Challenge, a $50,000 tournament for female teams.

Eight female teams will descend upon Katowice, Poland, between February 28th and March 2nd to fight over the lion's share of the $50,000 prize pool that will be on the line.

The first team has already been announced, as the organizers have handed out the only invitation to the returning champions, Dignitas fe, leaving the rest of slots up for grabs in regional qualifiers.

Dignitas fe are invited to Intel Challenge as the returning champions

Four teams will come from Europe, from four open qualifiers, while the last three teams will come from open qualifiers in North America, South America, and Asia.

The dates for the regional open qualifiers, for which teams can sign up here, are:

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

This is the current slot distribution for the Intel Challenge:

United States Dignitas fe
Europe EU Qualifier #1
Europe EU Qualifier #2
Europe EU Qualifier #3
Europe EU Qualifier #4
North America NA Qualifier
Asia Asia Qualifier
Other SA Qualifier
too small prize but ok
2019-01-23 18:53
how is the prize pool too small for a female tournament??? a mdl team could win this
2019-01-23 18:53
imo could be higher, thats it.
2019-01-23 18:54
so u wanna increase MDL prize pool aswell?
2019-01-23 18:55
nah MDL team was too shitty.
2019-01-23 18:57
Finland Alko^ 
mdl > female scene
2019-01-23 19:05
2019-01-23 19:54
Literally any mdl team is better than those female teams
2019-01-23 19:59
a bigger prize is necessary to female scene grow up.
2019-01-23 20:13
What are you talking about. What prize pools do you think were in early cs:go. Build up? they already have a scene, its just bad, because they are women. Truth.
2019-01-23 20:20
Female teams can already compete in tier 1-2 tournaments when the prize is much bigger.
2019-01-23 22:15
Female tournaments should not have higher price pools if the only reason for it is that they are females, if they want more money they have to get better, just like everyone else
2019-01-24 07:49
Ukraine Felicy 
xd salty virgin
2019-01-24 18:59
cArn | 
India sujay95 
Nope, he's right. Female teams can compete in any tournament they want. Male teams can't compete in female tournaments. If they want to win more money they need to up their level and start competing alongside males in regular tournaments.
2019-01-25 02:08
+1 100k would be nice
2019-01-23 19:15
Germany Sabba1 
even NA mdl teams would be smurfing against this
2019-01-23 18:58
Poland misioneos 
esea advanced or even esea main team could win this xD
2019-01-23 19:14
Marved | 
Canada Awepro 
You mean esea open
2019-01-23 19:36
Germany Roflcopter234 
too big
2019-01-23 18:55
Germany zeolikk 
For females??
2019-01-23 19:37
United States bozua 
I agree the first place should take home at least $50k, not the whole prize pool be $50k spread out with everyone..
2019-01-23 21:35
If prize pool was based on skill, it would be $500
2019-01-24 13:09
cArn | 
India sujay95 
2019-01-25 02:10
United States bozua 
Lol I'd bet money they're probably better than you. Do people watch you? Nope.
2019-01-25 23:14
How much money?
2019-01-25 23:30 Level 6 faceit HAHAHAHA
2019-01-25 23:35
2019-01-23 18:53
ZywOo | 
Austria TheClemi 
2019-01-23 18:53
2019-01-23 18:53
Ez 4 Juliano
2019-01-23 18:53
Ez for emuhlett
2019-01-23 18:54
Europe LegacyMLG 
finally something good to watch _|_
2019-01-23 18:54
Mongolia Tuvzhintugs 
Grills <3
2019-01-23 18:55
why females have female only tournaments but males dont? if they want to accomplish something they should play only vs males female tournaments will only give them false sense of accomplishment
2019-01-23 18:58
Germany zeolikk 
2019-01-23 19:41
lul sad incel
2019-01-23 19:43
bait but ill bite and give you 1 reply, no more than that if females want to improve (they are bad as fuck rn) then they need to play males (who are good as fuck fn)
2019-01-23 19:47
>if females want to improve they don't, case closed
2019-01-23 20:17
You think they dont want to? they are just not capable of it. they are at their best. You have got plenty of players, coming just from playing faceit and getting into FPL. I dont see any reason why women cannot do that. They are just bad.
2019-01-23 20:42
Might have been to harsh on you
2019-01-24 22:41
cArn | 
India sujay95 
Maybe because video games in general are only marketed to males (or boys) and females are a minority. So you're only marketing to half of the population. If you want to appeal to the other half, you need to have closed competitions like this to stimulate interest. Although, I don't think it'll work unless games are marketed equally to both genders and women become more ambitious in general tbh.
2019-01-25 02:35
You might be right. Equal treatment bla bla bla. Point is Csgo ist more fun with more females involved. That is it.
2019-02-01 12:27
ez4 v1lga ?
2019-01-23 18:59
Denmark raaaaaaaaa1in 
50k :/
2019-01-23 18:59
isnt that good for female XD
2019-01-23 19:01
Denmark raaaaaaaaa1in 
Being that the prize will not even arrive in 30k
2019-01-23 19:07
you could play at any tournament if you want more money.
2019-01-23 19:08
India otgps 
Eleague won't pull shit like this. Fuck sake Fb deal, this bs. Ban ESL from Majors
2019-01-23 19:02
IEM streams are not facebook only
2019-01-24 08:45
India otgps 
IEM and ESL are the same thing
2019-01-24 08:45
ESL only hosts them you can watch iem streams on twitch
2019-01-24 08:46
India otgps 
Yes I know but it doesn't mean ESL gets off the hook of other shit. Its like dreamhack being like you can opens on twitch but masters are FB only. If IEM does bad, ESL takes blame and if IEM stays as is, no credit, no blame
2019-01-24 08:48
Estonia Nap0le0n 
Ok, nice
2019-01-23 19:08
oskarJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
ez for rain
2019-01-23 19:09
2019-01-23 19:09
Belgium jorneiro 
I can hear Thorin laughing faintly in the distance
2019-01-23 19:14
United Kingdom Kimble_ 
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO FUCKING HYPE!
2019-01-23 19:15
Why only 50K for Females when Males have 500k? Inequality.
2019-01-23 19:23
France LanaRhoades 
Because their level = level of EURONICS or expert lol
2019-01-23 19:27
Germany DieS0nne 
wtf euronics would destroy them
2019-01-23 19:43
France LanaRhoades 
Probably i suresrtimate female cs
2019-01-24 10:12
2019-01-24 00:04
Frenchman how did u get ur self selfasteem. I just can't get that from g2 or vitality right now ...
2019-01-24 14:39
2019-01-23 19:30
lol there is no "male" tournament female can join any tournament
2019-01-23 19:40
France Chagror 
There is no male tournament with 500k. The 1M tournament is for the bests teams in the world, both male and female. Weaker female teams have an additional tournament with 50k. But you're right, there is inequality since male don't have a 50k tournament for weak teams.
2019-01-23 19:47
^ this
2019-01-24 12:28
United Kingdom KieranFR 
Same reason female football players earn less than male ones.
2019-01-24 16:00
Turkey Zagrew08 
2019-01-23 19:27
Poland boltzzon 
the amount of EU qualifiers should be like that on male major lol
2019-01-23 19:31
Turkey Slapdash 
Let's go besiktas
2019-01-23 19:36
soso ez for airport 4Head juliano
2019-01-23 19:37
It's cool but not sure it was necessary
2019-01-23 19:52
nice but still male tournaments better
2019-01-23 19:56
oskar | 
Czech Republic Bilajz 
Juliano you know what I mean
2019-01-23 19:56
Brazil kaiokenplay 
ez for candy
2019-01-23 19:56
Oh its time for the PRO females to play that ONE tournament for the whole year!!
2019-01-23 20:21
They can also play in the others they would just not be able to compete. A dead scene!
2019-01-24 14:41
2019-01-24 21:18
Prize pool is low...because let's face it, female CS probably doesn't really bring in much revenue. It's the same case with a league like the WNBA. It isn't because of sexism/inequality, it's because people generally want to watch the best of the best.
2019-01-23 21:39
Russia GramDEL 
Well, that's a big step for the female cs
2019-01-23 22:34
Female major= male faceit lv 9
2019-01-24 12:58
Just faceit lvl 9 lmao
2019-01-24 14:42
what happend to all the comments ? edit: this post is #349 lol
2019-01-25 17:19
ez for old guys club
2019-01-27 06:30
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