Cities that have played host to the Intel Extreme Masters during the last season will once again do so for Season 8. Singapore, Sao Paulo, and Katowice are awaiting the esports extravaganza within the coming months. A European event will join this list, the location of which will be disclosed at a later date.
In total, teams will be playing for $380,000 prize money throughout the season.
- Intel Extreme Masters Shanghai, ChinaJoy (Shanghai) - July 25-28, 2013 - $30,000 - Winners: Team WE
- Intel Extreme Masters Singapore, SITEX (Singapore) - November 28 to December 1, 2013 - Pro: $50,000; Teams: 1 KR, 1 CN, 4 SEA - Am: $20,000; Teams: 4 Asian
- European event, undisclosed location - December/January - Pro: $50,000; Teams: 2 EU, 2 NA, 1 TR, 1 RU - Am: $30,000; Teams: 4 European
- Intel Extreme Masters Sao Paulo, Campus Party (Sao Paulo) - early February, 2014 - Pro: $50,000 - Teams: 1 EU, 1 NA, 3 BR, 3 LATAM
- Intel Extreme Masters World Championship, Spodek (Katowice) - March, 2014 - Pro: $150,000 - Teams: 8 Global
Season 8 Events
As Intel Extreme Masters New York takes place less than two weeks after Riot Games' 2013 World Championship, we won't be bringing the competition to New York this year, but we have exciting plans for future League of Legends events all across the globe.
The season will continue with Intel Extreme Masters Singapore at SITEX in the end of November 2013. With a total of $70,000 on the line, 10 teams will compete to determine amongst themselves who is truly the best team in Asia. Six professional teams, composed of four from South East Asia, one from Korea and one from China, will battle it out for $50,000 in the professional circuit of Intel Extreme Masters Singapore. Additionally, a $20,000 tournament will take place in order to offer four amateur teams from across Asia the opportunity to prove just how good even Asia's non-professional scene is.
In 2014, we will once again welcome Brazil's enthusiastic crowd at Campus Party Brazil in early Febuary - sporting a $50,000 prize purse to be fought for by eight teams, one from Europe, one from North America, three Brazilian teams and three from all over Latin America.
The season is set to conclude in March 2014 with the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Katowice. In the last season, the city played host to a record breaking Intel Extreme Masters Katowice - with a stadium full of fans and quite frankly enough interested people to fill a second - the Polish crowd welcomed us there with a booming atmosphere. This season, Katowice will play host to our World Championship with eight of the world's best teams competing for both the title and a share of the $150,000 prize money.
We kicked off the season with an incredible event in Shanghai. With four of China's best League of Legends teams, among which were two of the oldest and biggest rivals in the scene, namely Team WE and Invictus Gaming, Intel Extreme Masters Shanghai was not short of tough competition.
Team WE took home the title and the $18,000 first place prize after beating Invictus Gaming in a quite convincing 2 - 0 Grand Final. Third and fourth place teams were Team OMG and Royal Club Huang Zu, who had been at the top of Chinese League of Legends competition, but couldn't quite cut it against the two competition veterans.