Credit: ESL IEM Katowice
On September 20, ESL revealed the dates for the two offline events: IEM Katowice and IEM Cologne, which both have a $1M prize pool up for grabs. IEM Katowice is scheduled to take place between January 31 – February 12, while IEM Cologne is set to kick off on July 25 and run to August 6.
In ESL’s Twitter announcement, the tournament organizer also confirmed that the two events will be hosted in their iconic arenas: Spodek Arena and LANXESS Arena.
“It’s always an honor to invite fans back to two of the most recognizable esports events worldwide. We are already bubbling with excitement as we begin the annual planning to host two of the most passionate esports events.” – Shaun Clark, Senior Director Game Ecosystems.
This will be the eleventh time in history that IEM Katowice will be held in the Spodek Arena, Poland, while IEM Cologne is coming back to the LANXESS Arena, Germany, for the seventh time.
IEM Katowice 2023
January 31 – February 1: Play-In Stage
February 2-5: Group Stage
February 10-12: Playoffs
IEM Cologne 2023
July 25-26: Play-In Stage
July 27-30: Group Stage
August 4-6: Playoffs