12.01.2018
Announcing all details of the EU and NA CS:GO qualifiers for IEM World Championship Katowice
All information for EU & NA teams on how to qualify for IEM Katowice

Intel® Extreme Masters returns to Katowice on March 2-4 with a US$500,000 CS:GO tournament featuring the world's top teams. Eight out of 16 competing teams will be determined through regional qualifiers, where EU gets 4 slots, and NA gets 2 slots. Here's how it's going to happen.

All closed qualifiers invites have been sent out and will be announced next week. If your team didn't receive an invite, you can participate in the open qualifiers.

European Qualifier

  • 4 slots for IEM Katowice 2018
  • 2 open qualifiers (unlimited slots, single elimination, two finalists of each qualifier go to closed qualifier)
  • 1 closed qualifier (12 slots, double elimination, 8 teams invited + 4 from open qualifiers)

Sign up for the EU open qualifier #1 here

Sign up for the EU open qualifier #2 here

Registration closes 3 hours before the qualifier starting time. Teams will have to check-in to confirm their participation.

Schedule

  • Open Qualifier #1 - 23th-24th of January (Start time: 19:00 CET)
  • Open Qualifier #2 - 31st of January - 1st of February (Start time: 19:00 CET)
  • Closed Qualifier - 3rd-4th of February

Exact schedule for the closed qualifier

  • 03.02.2018 13:00 CET - UB Ro12
  • 03.02.2018 16:00 CET - UB Ro8
  • 03.02.2018 19:00 CET - LB Ro8b
  • 04.02.2018 13:00 CET - UB Ro4
  • 04.02.2018 16:00 CET - LB Ro4a
  • 04.02.2018 19:00 CET - LB Ro4b

North American Qualifier

  • 2 slots for IEM Katowice 2018
  • 2 open qualifiers (unlimited slots, single elimination, winner of each goes to closed qualifier)
  • 1 closed qualifier (9 slots, single elimination, 6 teams invited + 2 from open qualifiers)

Sign up for the NA open qualifier #1 here

Sign up for the NA open qualifier #2 here

Registration closes 3 hours before the qualifier starting time. Teams will have to check-in to confirm their participation.

Schedule

  • Open Qualifier #1 - 20th-21st of January (Start time: 19:00 ET)
  • Open Qualifier #2 - 25th-26th of January (Start time: 19:00 ET)
  • Closed Qualifier - 30th of January

Exact schedule for the closed qualifier

  • 30.01.2018 12:00 ET - Ro12
  • 30.01.2018 15:00 ET - Ro8
  • 30.01.2018 18:00 ET - Ro4 Match #1
  • 30.01.2018 21:00 ET - Ro4 Match #2

The NA closed qualifier was increased to 9 teams (instead of 8 as initially announced), which means that one additional match before Ro8 will be played.

Good luck!

We wish all of competing teams the best of luck and look forward to seeing the best ones in Katowice!

Tickets to the event can be found here if you want to witness world-class CS:GO in person. Until then, remember to follow IEM on Twitter and Facebook as we post all event updates.