Announcing tournament details for the CS:GO Intel Extreme Masters World Championship Katowice 2017
See how the US$250,000 CS:GO tournament will be played out in the Spodek arena.

World-class CS:GO returns to Katowice! Intel Extreme Masters will once again host a CS:GO tournament in the Spodek arena with the world's top teams competing in front of thousands of passionate fans for a US$250,000 prize pool. Here's how the tournament is going to look like.


12 team tournament

A total of 12 teams will compete at the tournament who will be divided into two groups of 6. The group stage will be played in a round robin bo1 format. Top three teams from each group will advance to the playoffs with the teams who placed first advancing directly to the semifinals.


March 1st-5th

The group stage will take place on March 1-2 without a live audience . On March 3-5, we will move to the stage of the Spodek arena with the playoff matches.


8 invites, 4 from qualifiers

A total of twelve teams will compete at IEM Katowice 2017. Eight teams will receive direct invitations while the remaining four will be decided through qualifiers: three from EU and one from NA.


Three slots for EU, one for NA

Four slots will be filled through the qualifiers: three teams from EU and one from NA. The qualifiers will have an open and closed stage, spread over the course of two days. The qualifier decider matches (played in a best of three format) will always be played on the second day.

The first round of the closed stage will be seeded according to the World Ranking. The European qualifiers will consist of two open and one closed qualifier, while the North American qualifier will have one open and one closed qualifier.

European qualifiers


  • Open Qualifier #1 - 16.01 to 17.01
  • Open Qualifier #2 - 01.02 to 02.02
  • Closed Qualifier - 04.02 to 05.02

How to register for the EU Open #1

  • Go to the ESEA website and open a support ticket (here)
  • Use "IEM Katowice EU open #1 qualifier registration" as subject
  • Provide the following information in the ticket
    • Team Name:
    • Team Tag:
    • esea player 1 link:
    • esea player 2 link:
    • esea player 3 link:
    • esea player 4 link:
    • esea player 5 link:
    • (if required) esea player 6 link:
    • (if required) esea player 7 link:
  • Submit the ticket and wait until the admin team will add you to the tournament
  • The EU Open Qualifier #1 will start at 18:00 (6pm) CET

The signup deadline is 2 hours before the qualifier begins. There is no premium subscription required to participate. 

North American qualifiers


  • Open qualifier: 21.01 to 22.01
  • Closed qualifier: 04.02 to 05.02

How to register for the NA open qualifier

Follow the exact same steps as for the EU open qualifier


3rd wave on January 17th

Still in need of a ticket? We've got some good news! The third wave of tickets will go on sale January 17th at 16:00 CET - be sure to secure yours!

See you there!

We're ready to celebrate esports and CS:GO at Intel Extreme Masters World Championship and we hope that you will join us! Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for all upcoming news and updates, including invited teams and more details about the qualifiers.