IEM Katowice to take place over two weekends
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IEM Katowice, the conclusion of IEM Season 11, will take place over two weekends for the first time in the events history, ESL announced on Wednesday.
The League of Legends finals will run from Feb. 25-26 at the Spodek Arena, while the CS:GO and SC II competitions will be held from March 3-5 at both the Spodek Arena and the nearby International Convention Center. The event will feature a $600,000 prize pool, though prize distribution has yet to be announced.
In a statement, Michal Blicharz, VP of Pro Gaming at ESL, said that the decision to extend the IEM Katowice over two weekends came about because they could not construct a second indoor arena.
"Last March we thought we needed two arenas to really satisfy the number of people that wanted to the world's best gamers compete at Intel Extreme Masters," Blicharz said. "We were obviously unable to construct a second indoor arena, so we've expanded the World Championship to take place over two major esports weekends."
Season X of IEM concluded in March, with Polt, SK Telecom T1 and Fnatic winning the SC II, LoL and CS:GO events respectively.