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  • A $400K USD StarCraft II tournament will be held at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2020.
  • The competition marks 10 years of ESL’s StarCraft II tournaments, and joins the event’s $500K Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament.
  • Blizzard held the $700K StarCraft II WCS Global Finals at BlizzCon 2019 this past weekend.

ESL will host a $400K StarCraft II tournament at Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Katowice 2020, marking 10 years of hosting competitions for Blizzard Entertainment’s real-time strategy game.

The tournament will begin its early rounds in late February, with the final four players competing on the main stage at the Spodek Arena on March 1. IEM Katowice 2020 will also play host to a $500K Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament, which is a Masters-level championship in the new ESL Pro Tour.

“For 10 years, StarCraft II has delivered some of the most legendary moments on our stages,” said ESL VP of Pro Gaming Michal Blicharz, in a release. “Blizzard titles have always been a part of the Intel Extreme Masters DNA, and legacy is something that’s incredibly important to us to maintain and develop. SC2 helps us cultivate a living thread back to the very first years of Intel Extreme Masters.”

Blizzard held the StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS) Global Finals at BlizzCon 2019 this past weekend, with a total prize pool of $700K. The event also played host to the Overwatch World Cup, Hearthstone Global Finals, and a pair of World of Warcraft competitions.

 


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