ESL, the world’s largest esports company, will now also bring the world’s best female gamers to Spodek Arena, as the Intel Extreme Masters Expo welcomes Intel Challenge Katowice to its premier lineup in Poland this March 12-15. Set to feature the best female Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams from around the world, the tournament promises to add a new dimension to the already-rich list of events.
Two European, one American and one Polish team will qualify for the event through a series of online qualifiers. Those who make it to Katowice will battle it out for a total prize purse of US$30,000, in a single elimination, best of three tournament format with a third place match.
With the addition of Intel Challenge Katowice, this year’s combined prize pool for competition held at the Intel Extreme Masters Expo is set to exceed US$550,000. To play out in the exhibition hall alongside the Spodek Arena, the tournament will be surrounded by the best in gaming gear as hardware exhibitors flock to the district’s capital.
Spread over the 8,000m2 exhibition center next to the stadium and the Spodek Arena itself, the Intel Extreme Masters Expo is set to be significantly larger than all previous esports competition in the region. The latest from the world’s leading gaming technology manufacturers, Intel, BenQ, GIGABYTE, HyperX and ROCCAT, will be showcased throughout the hall with the finals of both Intel Extreme Master and ESL One competition taking place in the Spodek Arena in front of 10,000 fans.