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ESL Staff Members go to all the Bars in Katowice Giving out Free Stuff

Aditya Singh Rawat
1/Mar/2020 10:48 am

Cover Image Courtesy: u/carbo_N - Byteside | Thumbnail Image Courtesy: Byteside

It was really disappointing to hear that IEM Katowice 2020 will be played in an empty Spodek Arena without an audience due to coronavirus concerns, but Michal Blicharz - VP Pro Gaming at ESL went ahead and executed a plan made by Shaun Clark and Adrian from ESL Poland, ‘going to all the bars in Katowice showing IEM and gave out free stuff to the people,’ according to a Reddit post by u/carbo_N.


Blicharz himself commented on the post saying that this idea was not his and he doesn’t want to become the face of someone else’s good idea. He further suggested that the OP change the title of the post to “ESL went and did xyz…”

Image Credit: Reddit

Unfortunately, the title of any post on Reddit cannot be edited once posted. A lot of other users commented on the post appreciating ESL for their efforts to make the best out of a bad situation.


Despite the tournament being canceled for attendees, ESL has gone out of its way to give back to the community as much as they could. Earlier, Blicharz responded to a fan post that had gone viral on Reddit, offering to take the fan out for a meal after he expressed his disappointment on missing out on the tournament.

[Also Read: Fan Reaction to canceled IEM Katowice event for audience goes viral]

This is the first time in the history of IEM that the tournament is being played without any audience. Coronavirus has affected esports across various titles, especially in countries within Asia. With the grand finals all set to take place tonight between Na’Vi and G2 Esports in Katowice, it will be interesting to see which team walks out and lifts the trophy in an empty Spodek Arena.

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Aditya Singh Rawat is the in-house CS:GO editor at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.