- During the past two weekends, fans journeyed to Katowice, Poland, for the 2017 World Championship of Intel® Extreme Masters, the longest-running eSports circuit in the world. The world’s best teams and players, including the champions from Intel Extreme Masters Oakland, were invited to face off on three of the top eSports computer games: “League of Legends,” “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” and “StarCraft II.” New this year, was the first-ever virtual eSports stadium experience through the Sliver.TV app providing a 360-degree birds-eye view of the game action, first-person player views, player stats and live commentary.
This year’s world championship is a finalist for eSports Event of the Year in the Cynopsis Sports Awards. And, with 11 years of epic events, Intel Extreme Masters has played a leading role in the eSports community since its origin. Each season, the Intel Extreme Masters circuit of tournaments travels the globe and only the best teams qualify to participate. ESports fans from more than 180 countries regularly make Intel Extreme Masters events record breakers in terms of attendance and viewership.
Commitment to Diversity
The second weekend of the World Championship in Katowice included the third annual Intel Challenge for the best women’s “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” teams in Europe and North America. AnyKey, an advocacy organization dedicated to supporting diverse participation in eSports, presented this eight-team tournament in partnership with Intel and ESL for the third year.
Immersive Experiences for Gamers
Intel Extreme Masters Katowice was the home to the Intel Extreme Masters Expo, where attendees got hands on with the latest Intel gaming products and experienced thrilling activities, including a selection of the latest VR and computer games powered with Intel® Core™ processors. Additionally, an expert panel discussing the future of gaming kicked off conversation around the opportunity for VR in eSports and growth of the computer gaming industry.
The Tournament Winners
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: The “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” finals at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice were a best-of-five match. Astralis came out ahead over FaZe Clan to become the 2017 “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” Intel Extreme Masters World Champions.
League of Legends: During season 11 finals of Intel Extreme Masters, Flash Wolves edged out G2 Esports in a best-of-five competition to become the 2017 “League of Legends” Intel Extreme Masters World Champions.
StarCraft II: The “StarCraft II” finals at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice were a best-of-three match. Jun “TY” Tae Yang defeated Kim “Stats” Dae Yeob to become the 2017 “StarCraft II” Intel Extreme Masters World Champion.
Intel Challenge: The Intel Challenge Katowice 2017 brought together eight of the world’s best “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” women’s teams. Team Secret defeated Team Dignitas to become the champions in the third year of the tournament presented in partnership with AnyKey, ESL and Intel during the finals at the Intel Extreme Masters season 11 championships.