E-sport – many people associate this word with other people spending dozens of hours on sitting in front of a computer, tapping on a keyboard or gamepad, wasting time on computer games but the truth is different. Computer games are a big passion for many people around the world! E-sports have been conquering the world for several years. Titles like Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, League of Legends, StarCraft II, Fortnite and FIFA are gaining more popularity year on year. More and more people are watching battles between the best teams or players in the world! Interest in e-sports is so big, there are many more events like ESL One or IEM Katowice 2019.
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The biggest e-sports federation – the ESL is organizing worldwide events at CS:GO every year. This year, their final will take place in Katowice for the fourth time, but this time the event has “Major Championship” status from the Valve Corporation with a prize pool of one million dollars. From the 28 February to 3 March, the final stage will take place with the participation of 8 teams and fans of e-sports from all around the world will meet each in one place: Katowice’s saucer-shaped building known as Spodek. At the same time, there will be the rivalry between the best players of Starcraft II – for this event the prize pool is 400,000 dollars.
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Man can’t live by tournament alone… Every year there are more companies interested in e-sports because it’s a growing market and what comes next – money. In 2018, income from e-sports around the world exceeded 1 billion dollars! So this is the main reason why we will see more stands of different brands all over the world. It will be a great opportunity to see the latest technology, meet professional players, the most popular streamers and talk with lots of people from the gaming industry. There will also be many contests for fans and the possibility to play virtual reality games. Of course, you can also buy gaming equipment and accessories at these events – who knows, maybe somebody there is a future e-sports star?
Real fights, real fans, real emotions – when you’re there and looking at the huge scene in front of you, you can feel the amazing atmosphere made by the thousands of fans in the stands. There is no big difference from this event and well-known football venues. Lots of shouting, people more emotional with every round but there are also moments of concentration and the silence of focus. Enjoy every winning point of the team that you’re supporting and hear the big applause for the final’s winner at the end. There are moments that you will remember for the rest of your life! Organizers are expecting record attendance’s levels at this year event, which stands at 170,000 people for now. This is still a small number when compared with the millions of fans watching in front of their computers – because there will also be live streaming of this amazing occasion for sure! That’s how IEM Katowice is and we love it for that.
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