It has been announced that one of the IEM World Championship events in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be returning to Poland. From March 1-5 at the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland, fans from across the world will see 12 teams combat for a prize purse of $250,000.
The format will be different from both the GSL and Swedish system as the 12 teams will be broken up into two groups of six teams and each group will play a best of one round robin format where the top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs. The top place team in each group will get a bye into the semifinals.
Of the 12, eight teams will receive direct invites to participate in the tournament and another four will fight their way through a qualification process. Three of those qualifier sports will be filled by teams from Europe while one qualifier slot will be allocated to North America.
The group stages will be closed to the public and will take place during the first two days of the event. When the doors open to the arena on March 3, the playoff matches will be live for arena viewing.
Tickets are going on sale January 17 and can be purchased here: IEM Masters Katowice Tickets.