ESL have confirmed that the IEM Katowice 2020 will be returning as the first Masters-level Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event of the year, and the first stop of the new ESL Pro Tour. The CS:GO competition will take place from February 28th and March 1st in the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland.

The IEM Katowice 2020 will not be a Valve-sponsored Major event, unlike last year. It will feature a total prize pool of $500,000 and will count towards the 3rd season of the 2020 Intel Grand Slam. In this year’s event, a win in Katowice will now be weighted more towards the 2020 Intel Grand Slam Season 3 as it is a designated Masters-level event, as well as the $1,000,000 top prize that accompanies it.

Following the IEM Katowice, the next designated Masters-level event in the ESL Pro Tour for 2020 will be the ESL One: Cologne, which will be held in July at the Lanxess Arena. Vice President of Pro Gaming at ESL Michal Blicharz discussed the announcement in a recent press release: “Here in Katowice we do not only remember but also make esports history. This Intel Extreme Masters will be very special in that respect. When it first took place in 2013 it started the era of esports mega tournaments. Now, a new era starts for us with the first ever Masters Championship of the ESL Pro Tour.”

ESL & Intel also announced that they would be hosting the IEM Expo in tandem with the premier CS:GO competition. The IEM Expo is an esports and gaming trade show, at the International Congress Center which will bring forth 24 of the world’s best Quake players for the Quake Pro League Stage 2 Finals, which will be held over two days.

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