$250,000 is up for grabs at the Finals, which is moving from Germany.
The world’s best gamers will gather in the Spodek sports arena in Katowice, Poland to play for $250,000 dollars in prize money at the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. This marks the first finals that will be played outside of Hannover, Germany, which is home to CeBIT. The eighth World Championship final of the Intel Extreme Masters will take place at the extraordinary Spodek sports arena in Katowice between March 14-16, 2014. The event in Katowice will be the final stop of the tour that goes to Shanghai, China, New York City, Singapore and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Gaming superstars from around the world will compete for a total prize purse of $250,000 in Riot Games’ League of Legends Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. The event will mark the first time that the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship is not held at the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, where the tournament occupied an entire exhibition hall. In Katowice the event will be held inside Spodek, Poland’s most famous sports and events venue, which also plays host to world famous musicians and the volleyball World League.
Spodek was previously used by the Intel Extreme Masters in January 2013, attracting 50,000 visiting fans and over 5 million unique viewers on ESL TV’s online streams, making it the most successful European eSports event in history. As with the previous event, the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will take place thanks to a partnership with the city of Katowice and with the direct involvement of Piotr Uszok, the Katowice President.
“We are proud to be hosting such a prestigious and globally influential gaming event like the Intel Extreme Masters in our city,” said Uszok. “The event has become a part of our city’s strategy because gaming is a major part of youth culture today.”