Intel® Extreme Masters moved forward into its eleventh years of competition, further increasing its history and legacy in esports. The elite pro gaming tour brought together professional computer game competitors in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, StarCraft® II and League of Legends in three different continents and four different countries.
IEM revisited familiar grounds with its first event being hosted at Chinajoy in Shanghai before moving to the Bay Area for its 2nd event on the west coast of America. For the first time since 2008, IEM went back to South Korea to host an event in the Mecca of esports, this time taking the newly released Blizzard Entertainment title Overwatch with it. The grand finale of Season 11 returned home to Katowice in Poland to host its biggest event yet where we saw esports take over the city for not one but two weekends for the first time in its history.
Season 10 of Intel Extreme Masters concluded in Katowice, Poland, on March 6th, with our biggest World Championship to date. The entire season delivered thrilling matches across different games and unforgettable experiences. It is time to take our newly enriched legacy and venture off on another adventure - join us on the journey through season 11 which includes two brand new locations and, for the first time in IEM history, a prize pool of over US$1,000,000!
Every year, we improve upon the previous seasons and strive to deliver the best esports experiences. Season 11 will be no different. Intel Extreme Masters will visit four different cities all around the globe, including two new locations, with the world’s best teams and players across StarCraft II, League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to put out unforgettable events.
The stops for Season 11 will be as follows:
Intel Extreme Masters season 11 will kick off in Shanghai at Chinajoy. This will be the third Intel Extreme Masters being held in Shanghai, having visited the city previously in seasons 6 and 8.
North America will once again be on the Intel Extreme Masters map. After two successful years at the SAP Center in San Jose we are expanding to an even bigger venue, the Oracle Arena in Oakland, home of the Golden State Warriors.
After eight years absence, we are happy to be coming back to South Korea, to the city of Gyeonggi. Gyeonggi will mark the first stadium event in Asia for Intel Extreme Masters.
Concluding season 11 will be the World Championship returning to the city which has become a true home to Intel Extreme Masters - Katowice, Poland. The world’s best teams and players in the world will once again compete on the big stage in front of thousands of roaring fans.
We are thrilled to begin yet another season of great events and competitive matches. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled to our Twitter, Facebook and official website to not miss any updates regarding the upcoming Intel Extreme Masters stops!