Intel Extreme Masters

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Intel Extreme Masters
IEM v2014.png
2014 – present Logo
Sport eSports
League of Legends
StarCraft II
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Founded 2007
Country Worldwide
Most recent
champion(s)
League of Legends: Flash Wolves
StarCraft II: Choi "Polt" Seong Hun
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: Fnatic
Official website http://en.intelextrememasters.com/

The Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) are a series of international esports tournaments held in countries around the world. These Electronic Sports League (ESL) sanctioned events, sponsored by Intel, include events in Starcraft II, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Quake Live, League of Legends and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.[1] The body that owns the league is Turtle Entertainment. The League has existed for ten seasons as of 2016. The season ten tournament finals took place in Katowice, Poland.[2] Previous events have been held in Chengdu, Dubai, Hanover, and Los Angeles, among other cities.[3]

A view of the crowd during Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2013
Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2013

History[edit]

The Intel Extreme Masters are a product of the ESL. In 2006, when the Intel sponsored European tournament saw room for expansion outside of Europe, especially in North American markets, Intel provided funds for a worldwide tournament, billing it as the Intel Extreme Masters.[4] In 2007, when established, the IEM established a format of many smaller qualifying events, leading up to a large final event that is held at CeBIT. All of the Grand Finals have been held at CeBIT. Starting in 2008, the Tournament was billed as being worldwide, boasting participants from Europe, North America, and Asia.[4] Although Counterstrike 1.6 was the only game offered in the first season, the variety of games has increased greatly, to the four that were offered during Season 5. World of Warcraft was offered during Season 4, but was dropped for Season 5. The Season 5 Finals will be held at CeBIT and will included a US$130,000 prize pool.[5]

Games offered in Intel Extreme Masters: Counter-Strike (Seasons 1–6), Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne (Seasons 1–2, 3: Asian Championship Finals — CS1.6 and Asian Championship Finals — WoW, 4: Global Challenge Chengdu, 5: Global Challenge Shanghai), World of Warcraft (Seasons 2: Global Challenge Dreamhack, 3–4), Quake Live (Seasons 4–5), StarCraft II (Seasons 5–6), League of Legends (LoL) (Seasons 5: World Championship (LoL Invitational), 6)

IEM seasons[edit]

Season I[edit]

(Finals: 15–18 March 2007 at CeBIT 2007)

  • Counter-Strike: Poland's Team Pentagram
  • Warcraft III: France's Yoan "ToD" Merlo

Season II[edit]

(Finals: 6–9 March 2008 at CeBIT 2008)

A large crowd at the Fan Expo at Intel Extreme Masters Toronto 2014
Fan Expo at Intel Extreme Masters Toronto 2014

Season III[edit]

(World Championship(Finals): 3–8 March 2009 at CeBIT 2009)

  • Global Challenge Games Convention:
    • World of Warcraft: Germany's Nihilum Plasma
  • Global Challenge Los Angeles:
    • Counter-Strike: Sweden's SK Gaming
    • World of Warcraft: Spain's x6tence
  • Global Challenge Montreal:[6]
  • Global Challenge Dubai:
  • Asian Championshiphttp: — WoW:[7]
  • European Championship:
    • Counter-Strike: Denmark's mTw
    • World of Warcraft: Bulgaria's iNNERFiRE
  • American Championship:
    • Counter-Strike: Brazil's Made in Brazil
    • World of Warcraft: the United States's Trade Chat
  • Asian Championship: CS1.6:[8]
  • World Championship:
    • Counter-Strike: Sweden's fnatic
    • World of Warcraft: Korea's H O N

Season IV[edit]

(World Championship(Finals): 2–6 March 2010 at CeBIT 2010)

Season V[edit]

(World Championship(Finals): 1–5 March 2011 at CeBIT 2011)

Season VI[edit]

(World Championship(Finals): 6–10 March 2012 at CeBIT 2012)

Season VII[edit]

  • Global Challenge Gamescom:
    • LoL: Russia's Moscow Five
    • StarCraft II: Korea's Jung "Mvp" Jong-Hyun — Incredible Miracle
  • Global Challenge Singapore:
  • Global Challenge Cologne:
  • Global Challenge Katowice:
    • LoL: Russia's Gambit Gaming (ex-M5)
    • StarCraft II: Korea's Kang "First" Hyun-Woo — Incredible Miracle
  • Global Challenge Brazil:
    • LoL: Korea's Incredible Miracle
  • World Championship:[11]
    • LoL: Korea's CJ Entus Blaze
    • StarCraft II: Korea's Choi "YoDa" Byung-Hyun — Incredible Miracle

Season VIII[edit]

Season IX[edit]

Season X[edit]

Season XI[edit]

Format[edit]

IEM utilizes a fair number of offline qualifiers. During Season 5, qualifiers were held for North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia regions.[37] Those who qualify for the finals are placed into two groups of six, of which the top two advance. The first place member of each group goes directly to the semifinals, and the second and third place members go into the quarterfinals.[38]

Organisation[edit]

The Intel Extreme Masters are run by the ESL which is owned by Turtle Entertainment GmbH. Turtle Entertainment is based in Cologne, Germany.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hearthstone debuts at Intel Extreme Masters". 1 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Pete Volk (6 March 2016). "League of Legends IEM Katowice 2016 schedule and results". SBNation.com. Vox Media. 
  3. ^ Sutton, Mark (17 October 2009). "Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum opens Gitex Shopper". Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "INTEL极限大师赛亚洲总决赛落户成都". Sina. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
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  6. ^ "Season 3: Montreal: Main — Global Challenge Montreal — Season III — Intel Extreme Masters — ESL". ESL-World.net. 20 October 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Microsite Continental Finals Asia WoW — Continental Finals Asia WoW — Season III — Intel Extreme Masters — ESL". ESL-World.net. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Continental Finals Asia CS — Continental Finals Asia CS — Season III — Intel Extreme Masters — ESL". ESL-World.net. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "ESL World: GamesCom 09 — GamesCom 09 — Season IV — Intel Extreme Masters — ESL". ESL-World.net. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "ESL World: Chengdu — Chengdu — Season IV — Intel Extreme Masters — ESL". ESL-World.net. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "ESL World: CJ Entus Blaze and YoDa are the new World Champions — News — World Championship — Season 7 — Intel Extreme Masters — ESL". ESL-World.net. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Shanghai". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "New York". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "Cologne". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "Singapore". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "Sao Paulo". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "Cologne". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  18. ^ "World Championship". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  19. ^ "Shenzhen Tournament & Bracket". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "Toronto Tournament & Bracket". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  21. ^ "San Jose Tournament & Bracket". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  22. ^ "Cologne Tournament & Bracket". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  23. ^ "Taipei Tournament & Bracket". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  24. ^ "World Championship Tournament & Bracket". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  25. ^ "Shenzhen Standings". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  26. ^ "Gamescom Standings". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  27. ^ "San Jose Standings". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  28. ^ "Cologne Standings". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  29. ^ "Taipei Standings". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  30. ^ "World Championship Katowice Standings". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  31. ^ "Intel Extreme Masters Season 11 breaks the one million dollar barrier!". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  32. ^ "Shanghai Standings". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  33. ^ "Oakland Standings". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  34. ^ "Gyeonggi Standings". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  35. ^ "Katowice Standings". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  36. ^ "IEM Sydney". Intel Extreme Masters. Turtle Entertainment. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  37. ^ "Intel Extreme Masters 5: европейский финал киберспортивного чемпионата стартовал в Киеве". THG.ru (in Russian). 21 January 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  38. ^ "ESL World: Main". ESL-World.com. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 

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