IEM Katowice 2020 announced with $500,000 prize pool

ESL has revealed the first details about next year's IEM Katowice event, which will have $500,000 on offer.

The tournament will culminate with the playoffs held at the iconic Spodek Arena from February 28 through March 1, with the winner taking home the top prize of $250,000 and a point towards the Intel Grand Slam (IGS) Season 3.

IEM Katowice 2020 is the first of two Masters-level competitions that will be hosted as part of the ESL Pro Tour, a global circuit of ESL and DreamHack events that will have upwards of $5 million on offer. The other one will be ESL One Cologne, to be held in July.

IEM Katowice will return to the Spodek Arena

Sixteen teams will be competing in Katowice, ten invited and six determined by regional qualifiers, with more details to come in the following weeks. The tournament will feature the same format that ESL has been using for its 16-team events, with two double-elimination groups and a six-team playoff bracket.

“Here in Katowice we do not only remember but also make esports history," said Michal Blicharz, Vice President of Pro Gaming at ESL. "This Intel Extreme Masters will be very special in that respect.

"When it first took place in 2013 it started the era of esports mega tournaments. Now, a new era starts for us with the first-ever Masters Championship of the ESL Pro Tour."

Astralis are the reigning IEM Katowice champions after winning the 2019 edition of the event - which marked ESL's first Major since 2016 - by beating ENCE in the final. That was the only tournament that the Danes won during season two of the Intel Grand Slam, which saw Liquid scoop the $1 million prize inside just 63 days.

#2
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Germany zakmp4 
pog
2019-09-16 17:42
#3
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
lol
2019-09-16 17:42
#32
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Sweden meistr0 
For people crying about Katowice not being a major, who cares? I mean, we will have an awesome event aka Katowice 2020 with 500k prize + 2 majors. Id take that every day of the week instead of just 2 majors lol.
2019-09-16 17:49
We need more majors in Central or Eastern Europe ! >:(
2019-09-16 17:52
#46
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Sweden meistr0 
Well yeah. Who knows where these 2 majors will be in 2020.
2019-09-16 17:54
#51
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Canada Michaelides 
I’m expecting 1 NA Major and 1 EU major. Who knows, maybe even Brazil will get a Major next year.
2019-09-16 17:57
That would be pretty amazing. Of course brazil instead of na. Eu needs major
2019-09-16 17:58
Nice
2019-09-16 18:19
4 years and no changes in prize money, greedy gabeN and valve killing the game
2019-09-16 18:44
#101
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United Kingdom lancelott 
It gotta be more this time, Blast out he with 2 events with 1 mill prize pot and 1 event with a million going to the winner. Vavle can't have fucking blast flex on em
2019-09-16 20:44
#112
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Russia SW@G 
Valve can, but VAVLE absolutely can not.
2019-09-16 22:24
Vavle you talking about.
2019-09-17 07:48
since its in may im expecting the major to be in Sydney. biggest iem event at that time
2019-09-16 19:00
#125
KHTEX | 
Brazil SFW 
+1 true
2019-09-17 02:31
#125
KHTEX | 
Brazil SFW 
+1 true
2019-09-17 02:31
NA would be a bad site of a major cuz their timezone
2019-09-16 19:56
Oh yes. We all know of "the na timezone" not like they have 7 or anything
2019-09-16 21:33
I think we have 4, maybe 5 or 6. There are 4 mainland time zones, but I don’t know anything about the Hawaiian or Alaskan time zones.
2019-09-17 06:49
#109
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Canada Michaelides 
Atlanta would be fine.
2019-09-16 22:18
brazilian major feelsgoodman
2019-09-16 20:25
#111
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Canada Michaelides 
Which city in Brazil would be a good host for a Major in your opinion?
2019-09-16 22:20
São paulo is the only one possible, unfortunately.
2019-09-17 04:50
#142
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World madman112 
Y not Rio? Beautiful city 🥰
2019-09-17 18:43
The problem with Rio is the lack of public, DH Rio unfortunately was too empty; we should consider that it was a tier3-4 event, even so it's risky.If we have a major, i would like, although it's near impossible 'cause of the problems. Also the major of the city I won't even talk about him
2019-09-17 20:10
Mayor*
2019-09-17 20:55
#103
Brollan | 
Romania ZDBSK 
Maybe IEM Sydney
2019-09-16 21:33
#110
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Canada Michaelides 
#57
2019-09-16 22:19
What I heard is, it’s gonna be Sydney and New York.
2019-09-16 17:57
#55
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Sweden meistr0 
I heard about Sydney/Australia, BUT, i believe that was for major in 2021(?) could be mistaken though. Also, Valve not making a EU major? Doubt that my friend.
2019-09-16 18:00
#57
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Canada Michaelides 
Sydney Major will most likely never happen because of time zone issues. Australia also runs into a lot of visa issues as well.
2019-09-16 18:00
#135
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Australia Junta 
A U S T R A L I A
2019-09-17 09:47
#44
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Netherlands C0UNT1NGS 
yez
2019-09-16 17:53
#48
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Canada Michaelides 
+Cologne as well
2019-09-16 17:55
#50
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Sweden meistr0 
Yeah.
2019-09-16 17:57
+999999
2019-09-17 10:50
#82
Nifty | 
Turkey G4Z01 
im still cant belive 2020 will come im from 1991 its beeen long road
2019-09-16 18:50
#145
NEO | 
Poland Un1qu3_PL 
+1
2019-09-18 14:17
#61
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Germany sza_ 
increase prize pools
2019-09-16 18:08
i though its major :c
2019-09-16 17:42
#14
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Poland KubelakK 
me too :(
2019-09-16 17:43
#6
jks | 
United States Mirbo1 
Nice
2019-09-16 17:42
Should be major :/
2019-09-16 17:42
Go majorrr
2019-09-16 17:42
rip katowice major
2019-09-16 17:42
#12
fejtZ | 
Estonia E$t0 
ez
2019-09-16 17:43
Nice
2019-09-16 17:43
Nice
2019-09-16 17:43
#19
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Norway k3ron 
Not a major :(
2019-09-16 17:43
#20
frozen | 
Czech Republic Cuki_ 
Nice
2019-09-16 17:43
#21
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Netherlands PasscaLl 
how many teams? 16?
2019-09-16 17:44
#43
tabseN | 
Germany Ratwar 
read the articel wtf
2019-09-16 17:53
#45
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Netherlands PasscaLl 
ok 8 teams ty
2019-09-16 17:54
#22
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Turkey tyrkjaranid 
nais
2019-09-16 17:44
No major 😡😡
2019-09-16 17:44
Nice
2019-09-16 17:44
#25
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France LeDiplomate 
Deserved to be a major.
2019-09-16 17:44
#26
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Hong Kong Free_HK 
why no major men
2019-09-16 17:45
because already was major last time
2019-09-16 17:46
because the first major is now midyear, and IEM Katowice is at the beginning of the year.
2019-09-16 17:56
#93
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Poland Lukovsky 
imo that's better now we will have at least 4 amazing events every year, katowice + cologne and two majors
2019-09-16 19:44
#28
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Australia oce 
Thought it was the major ffs mens
2019-09-16 17:46
#30
s1mple | 
Azerbaijan $AZE$ 
me too xd
2019-09-16 17:47
#29
s1mple | 
Azerbaijan $AZE$ 
Pog
2019-09-16 17:47
#31
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CIS Merlas_mtk 
wtf why no major
2019-09-16 17:48
#33
It's my | 
Europe R2D2s 
<3 kato memories :()
2019-09-16 17:49
#34
HS | 
Estonia qoznyyy 
ez for g2
2019-09-16 17:50
#35
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United Kingdom NiKoGOD4ever 
Hope to see the new Faze in full force there
2019-09-16 17:50
#36
fl0m | 
Sweden nathanel 
this isn't major right?
2019-09-16 17:51
nope
2019-09-16 18:12
What the hell are you guys talking about Katowice just got a major this year.
2019-09-16 17:51
Major are for noobs. IEM Katowice and ESL Cologne best
2019-09-16 17:52
yeetered
2019-09-16 17:52
#41
Jame | 
Yugoslavia Ivica 
KATOWICE MAJOR??????? WHERE????
2019-09-16 17:52
#42
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Europe Vallon3 
EU best events. <3
2019-09-16 17:53
Dead tournament.
2019-09-16 17:55
#134
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Poland Chiirs 
So don't go there, don't watch, don't comment this tournament.
2019-09-17 08:00
Hahah, mad polak
2019-09-17 11:07
#52
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Germany Stan1k 
Amazing News! IEM Katowice was always one of the best tournaments of the year
2019-09-16 17:57
+1
2019-09-17 07:00
expected
2019-09-16 18:00
noice))
2019-09-16 18:01
ez4astralis
2019-09-16 18:01
#63
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Poland ruhoks 
ez4 czeski kamrat
2019-09-16 18:13
+1 ez4 polského kamaráda
2019-09-16 18:13
This will be SO EZ 4 ASTRALIS
2019-09-16 18:02
#65
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Poland LiquidWater 
Only 500k? Last non major iem katowice in 2018 was 500k as well. This esl tour is nothing but re-branding, no prize pool added or anything. Baited the whole community.
2019-09-16 18:13
+1
2019-09-16 18:17
There is no growth in numbers, so why should prize pools grow.
2019-09-16 19:09
#122
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Laos El_Cholo 
and you know this becouse...?
2019-09-17 00:05
#67
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Poland BjakBambik 
Why no major? :((
2019-09-16 18:19
#69
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United Kingdom KainZ 
ITS NOT A MAJOR CAUSE IT HAD THE MAJOR THIS YEAR YOU FUCKIN IDIOTS.
2019-09-16 18:20
#123
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Laos El_Cholo 
and you had to insult? you fucking imbecil
2019-09-17 00:06
#138
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United Kingdom KainZ 
its deserved though if they cant remember that it already had the major in the last 9 months they obviously dont care about the scene that much.
2019-09-17 13:16
#70
shox | 
India iejesus 
woahh
2019-09-16 18:25
500k prize pool in 2k20 for the biggest fps game lul
2019-09-16 18:29
#72
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Bulgaria Omaiguudnes 
EZ4FaZe LETSGOFAZEUP!!!!!!!!!!!!
2019-09-16 18:30
#73
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United Kingdom NiKoGOD4ever 
Hope we will see the new faze lineup in full force
2019-09-16 18:32
#74
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Bulgaria Omaiguudnes 
Rain NiKo AleksiB Olofmeister Broky POGGERS
2019-09-16 18:32
#76
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United Kingdom NiKoGOD4ever 
Or cold and simple instead of aleksi and broky ez
2019-09-16 18:35
So good it's not major again, change is always good. Maybe CIS finnaly?
2019-09-16 18:34
#86
dupreeh | 
Poland kayzan 
+1 there are many good cis team atm so it'd be good to make a major there
2019-09-16 19:12
#77
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Sweden Akoulad 
katowice crowd sucks
2019-09-16 18:36
BLAST 1 MLN AXA
2019-09-16 18:40
#79
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Turkey Thunderball 
POGGERS
2019-09-16 18:43
#116
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Turkey erturkgg 
No poggers for iem. Pog for Blast Premier
2019-09-16 22:37
#81
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Finland J3bediah 
POG
2019-09-16 18:49
yeah baby, want to go there
2019-09-16 19:10
Unless major gonna have bigger peizepool,it will lose status :D
2019-09-16 19:13
noone cares
2019-09-16 19:27
Pooog see you there
2019-09-16 19:27
#90
Stewie2K | 
United States Nohj_ 
pog
2019-09-16 19:28
500k in 2020 fuck off
2019-09-16 19:32
#92
Kush | 
Netherlands protiny 
Hope Cologne will be a major again this year. deserves it tbh.
2019-09-16 19:32
#95
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United States ichibaNcs 
imagine a major in Maracanã
2019-09-16 20:01
kato stickers are the best
2019-09-16 20:03
#97
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Turkey i_eat_kebab 
EZ4FAZE
2019-09-16 20:09
#98
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Brazil morabrasil 
ez4mibr
2019-09-16 20:17
#100
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Brazil wdks 
fornite › csgo
2019-09-16 20:38
#105
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France LeDiplomate 
Yikes even minecraft>fortnoob
2019-09-16 21:36
Virtus.pro will get invite
2019-09-16 21:34
#108
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Sweden D24_Tic 
doesnt work like that budday
2019-09-16 22:08
How u guys so sure that there will be 2020?
2019-09-16 22:07
#107
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Sweden D24_Tic 
only 500k?
2019-09-16 22:08
#113
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Sweden meistr0 
Only? Its not a major lol.
2019-09-16 22:25
#114
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Sweden D24_Tic 
still not much was expecting at least 2.5m il since the world is evolving but seems like a no lost faith in humanity.
2019-09-16 22:29
#115
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Sweden meistr0 
Atleast 2.5m for a non-major event? xd That never happens except that Chinese event "World Electronic Sports Games" liquipedia.net/counterstrike/World_Elect.. But even then they "only" had 850.000$ as prize money.
2019-09-16 22:35
#117
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Sweden D24_Tic 
wesg is boring why dont they just save money up for like 5mil then do big tourn4y
2019-09-16 22:42
#118
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Sweden meistr0 
Well. WESG is a tournament for "unknowns", so its good tbh. Ofc WESG could maybe "save" up money & not play 2 WESG & then make a major with 1.7m $ prize money.
2019-09-16 22:47
#120
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Sweden D24_Tic 
juh
2019-09-16 22:51
not even major
2019-09-16 22:49
2 times same tournemant would be lame. also I would rather have 2 major + katowice, because then you have 3 big events than 2 majors with one of them being in katowice again. so only 2 big events
2019-09-17 02:34
is katowice bigger than cologne?
2019-09-18 17:37
in terms of what? pirize pool is higher tho
2019-09-18 18:21
since you mention there will be 2 majors + 1 big event (katowice)
2019-09-18 19:00
#121
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Turkey Slapdash 
Gotta get the prize pool up.
2019-09-16 22:51
Major in Brazil is real
2019-09-17 02:26
neat
2019-09-17 02:41
#133
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Finland jeekeri 
major in finland pls
2019-09-17 07:55
#140
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Denmark Zaerdna 
Bruh did you see arctic? There was like 50 people in the arena.
2019-09-17 15:09
thats pog
2019-09-17 13:38
#141
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Denmark Zaerdna 
Ez money for Astralis
2019-09-17 15:09
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