ESL reveal IEM Katowice and IEM Cologne dates for 2023

The schedules for the two premier events of the ESL Pro Tour have been confirmed for the next year.

ESL have announced the dates for the 2023 editions of IEM Katowice and IEM Cologne, with the two $1,000,000 offline events scheduled to take place between January 31-February 12, and July 25–August 6 respectively.

The dates effectively mean that the Polish LAN will occur two weeks earlier than its 2022 edition, while the event in Germany will run over two weeks later compared to the previous year's iteration.

IEM Cologne will now take place after the summer break

Next year's edition of IEM Cologne will fall in the latter part of the 2023 season for the first time due to the CSPPA's changes to the official summer tournament break which moved the interval a month earlier compared to previous years. The body stated in July that the decision to run the break between June 12-July 9 was made in order to split the year into two more even seasons.

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In the announcement, ESL also confirmed that the two tournaments will be hosted by their iconic venues, with IEM Katowice coming back to the Spodek Arena for the eleventh time in its history, while the seventh edition of IEM Cologne will return to the LANXESS Arena.

"It’s always an honor to invite fans back to two of the most recognizable esports events worldwide," commented Shaun Clark, Senior Director Game Ecosystems - CS:GO at ESL FACEIT Group. "We are already bubbling with excitement as we begin the annual planning to host two of the most passionate esports events," it continued.

The schedule for the two events will be:

Poland IEM Katowice 2023

January 31-February 1 - Play-In Stage
February 2–5 - Group Stage
February 10–12 - Playoffs

Germany IEM Cologne 2023

July 25–26 - Play-In Stage
July 27–30 - Group Stage
August 4–6 - Playoffs

#3
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Poland Roxin
pog EDIT: Cologne in August?
2022-09-20 15:02
3 replies
summer break moved so its now after the summer break
2022-09-20 15:04
2 replies
wack
2022-09-20 15:22
#46
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Bangladesh ImpacT_
thats a W
2022-09-20 21:51
cologne after break? D:
2022-09-20 15:02
1 reply
like this there is katowice in one part of the year and cologne in another one it's great isn't it ?
2022-09-20 17:40
i no car
2022-09-20 15:03
#7
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Germany iimagda1ena
The only non-major high quality tournaments that matter
2022-09-20 15:04
15 replies
not true, blast world final also good
2022-09-20 15:10
12 replies
nvm
2022-09-20 15:15
BLAST has the best production, but in terms of prestige it looks like a mediocre tier-1 regular league, where you can lose 3-4 times and still not being eliminated, which is ridiculous.
2022-09-20 15:16
10 replies
at blast world final, you are eliminated after losing twice
2022-09-20 15:25
6 replies
but to get there you can lose 3-4 times xd
2022-09-20 16:50
5 replies
you can lose 6 times and still get to major playoffs
2022-09-20 16:58
4 replies
lol thats just dumb
2022-09-20 17:05
6 times? arent u eliminated if you get 0-3, 1-3 or 2-3? so u can lose 4 times when u start at the challenger stage or am i stupid?
2022-09-20 18:07
2 replies
rmr, challenger stage, legend stage
2022-09-20 18:17
I think he's taking RMR into consideration aswell, otherwise it would be 4 times only, like you said
2022-09-20 18:23
' mediocre tier 1 regular league ' That's a horrible take
2022-09-20 18:17
2 replies
If you compare top-tier tournaments with each other, it's more than justified I think
2022-09-20 18:26
1 reply
The show they put and the way they entertain us is more than enough to be considered a solid top tier 1 event , they will organize the major after Rio
2022-09-20 18:29
+1
2022-09-20 17:36
IEM katowice is compromised if the russian players don't get visa for Poland next year
2022-09-20 23:24
Ez for liquid
2022-09-20 15:05
to be honest its a nice change because having cologne and katowice in same season didn't make sense problem still is both of these events are the 1st events of the season when players return after a brake. That sucks.
2022-09-20 15:14
Asian when ? Valve should car this game
2022-09-20 15:33
#20
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Denmark Rubix__
esl mumbai when.?
2022-09-20 15:41
1 reply
#29
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India mirapakay
atleast we have dreamhack open hyderabad
2022-09-20 16:46
LETS GO BRAZIL!
2022-09-20 16:00
Make Katowice major once again!
2022-09-20 16:13
5 replies
#28
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
+1
2022-09-20 16:33
-8/8
2022-09-20 18:18
3 replies
Katowice 3 times major France only will be the 1st ever Katowice was bestest major ever
2022-09-21 07:53
2 replies
It wasn't , Boston was
2022-09-21 09:47
1 reply
nope xD
2022-09-21 20:12
Why put cologne in fucking august It should be in the start of july
2022-09-20 16:14
2 replies
Cologne ought to be just before a player break. My issue with Katowice is that it occurs so soon after the break that rosters don't have enough time to properly develop so soon after making changes. Having Cologne and Kato right after a break kinda sucks.
2022-09-20 18:00
1 reply
Yep, cologne is supposed to be just before the end of first half of the year And we have it right after the break
2022-09-20 18:01
#25
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Bulgaria eed123
In summer break???
2022-09-20 16:28
#26
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Cyprus Porgos
Ok but why is cologne so late
2022-09-20 16:33
nice way to start off the year
2022-09-20 16:33
#44
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Serbia ckejo
if we're having katowice in poland then i guess esl made a deal with the polish government or something since poland banned entry for russian citizens or they had other visas or something i dunno still pog
2022-09-20 18:47
2 replies
Yeah. I was just thinking about that. If there are no russian players at the tournament, what is the point of having it then.
2022-09-20 20:41
#48
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Poland paputekk
it's much harder to get here as a russian than before but it's still possible, idk if it's worth it for a cs event lmao
2022-09-20 22:18
So it means esl has already made a deal with polish government on visa fo Russian players ?If not kato would be boring since G2 Navi C9 won't attend
2022-09-20 22:10
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