Don Bowden

An Intel Extreme Masters Like No Other

Intel Extreme Masters World Championships kick off today here in Katowice Poland at the Spodek Arena and Katowice International Congress Center. StarCraft II and League Of Legends players will be battling it out over the next four days to earn a share of the $183,414 prize pool and the coveted Intel Extreme Masters trophy.

At last year’s World Championships the main gaming stage and the free gaming zone shared the floor of the Spodek Arena, this year the free gaming zone is in the IEM Expo located in the brand spankin new Katowice International Congress Center adjacent to the Spodek Arena. In addition to attending the tournaments and visiting our free gaming zone visitors will be able to visit our IEM partner booths from BenQ®, GIGABYTE®, HyperX®, ROCCAT plus many others who will be presenting their latest products.


Check out the floor plan, this will give you an idea of how much we’ve grown since last years World Championships..


As you can see in the above floor plan two additional stages have been added in the IEM Expo for StarCraft II, CS:GO (Counter Strike: Global Offensive) and Hearthstone tournaments. Each of those tournament finals will be held on Sunday the 15th on the main stage in the Spodek Arena in front of 9,406 enthusiastic eSports fans.

The lady gamers will also have an opportunity to show off their CS:GO skills in the first ever Intel Challenge competition taking place on the CS:GO stage March 15th and with $30,000 in prize money up for grabs competition will be intense.

As always all matches will be streamed live at Intel Extreme Masters so check out the schedule of matches and check back here at Inside Scoop for pictures and updates from the main stage and IEM Expo.

Don Bowden

About Don Bowden

Don is a Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer in Intel’s Corporate Demos Group supporting various Intel events from executive keynotes to trades shows. His latest gig is with the Intel Extreme Masters Gaming Series where he provides general technical support. Don’s an avid gamer, mostly first person shooters, his real passion is on-line racing with which is the closest thing to driving a real race car as you’re going get. Don is also a skier, photographer and avid motorcyclist, making two cross country trips and a trek to the Arctic Circle and back from his home in San Jose, CA.

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