IEM Katowice 2023: Teams, Schedule, Results, Format, Livestream, More
Here is everything you need to know about the first IEM event of 2023.
ESL, the biggest esports organizer in CS:GO is all set to kick off its first top-tier tournament of the 2023 circuit, IEM Katowice 2023, which is all set to take place from 1st to 12th February with a massive total prize pool of $1,000,000 USD (INR 8,16,32,500).
The tournament has been split into three stages, Play-In, Group Stage, and Playoffs, with the first two taking place in an offline studio format while the latter will take place in front of a live audience at the iconic Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland.
Here is the complete information for the IEM Katowice 2023, everything from teams, groups, schedule, results, format, prize pool, where to watch, and all other details.
IEM Katowice 2023: Complete Details
The first proper top-tier CS:GO tournament of the 2023 competitive season is about to start next week onwards with some of the best teams from around the world stepping forward to deliver their best.
A total of 24 participants will be competing in this tournament, a mix of qualified and invited teams. Out of these, 16 will start out with the Play-In Stage, while eight teams will directly begin from the Group Stage.
A total of 24 invited and qualified teams will be competing in the IEM Katowice 2023. Out of these, eight teams have directly qualified for the Group Stage while the remaining 16 teams will start out from the Play-In Stage.
The tournament has been divided into three distinct stages, Play-In, Group Stage, and Playoffs, all of them taking place between 1st to 12th February.
Out of the 24 teams, only 16 will start from the Play-In Stage while the remaining eight will directly start from the Group Stage.
(1st to 3rd Feb)
The eight teams that will advance to the next stage of the tournament are as follows,
(4th to 7th Feb)
The six teams that will advance to the next stage of the tournament are as follows,
(10th to 12th Feb)
16 out of 24 team will compete in a double-elimination bracket.
All the opening matches will follow a best-of-one series.
Every other match will feature a best-of-three series.
The top eight teams will advance to the Group Stage.
The eight qualified teams along with the eight directly qualified teams will once again comprise of a 16 team bracket.
These teams will be divided into two groups of eight teams each.
Both the groups will following a double-elimination bracket.
Every match in this stage will feature a best-of-three series.
The top three teams from each group will qualify to the Playoffs.
The winners from each group will directly qualify for the semifinals while the second and third-placed teams will qualify for the quarterfinals.
This stage will follow a single elimination bracket.
Both the quarterfinals and semifinals will follow a best-of-three series.
The grand finals will feature a best-of-five series.
The total prize pool of $1,000,000 USD will be divided between all the 24 participating teams on the basis of their overall placement.
The entire tournament will be broadcasted live across YouTube and Twitch in multiple languages like English and French. Furthermore, multiple streams will be running simultaneously during the early stages of the tournament.