IEM Katowice to be Winner-Takes-All $100,000 Tournament

StarCraft 2 Andrei “procyonlotor” Filote

Earlier this evening IEM announced that its Wold Championship event, to be held in Katowice, Poland, will feature a single-elimination winner-takes-all format. A grand prize of $100,000 will be offered to the champion, while the remaining players will exit the competition empty handed. In a statement accompanying the press release, ESL Pro Gaming Director Michal 'Carmac' Blicharz said, “Every season the IEM was one of the hardest tournaments to win all year. In 2014 we would like to take it to a new level of extreme. True champions are born when they express their talent in the most extreme situations. We wanted to create the most high-pressure tournament this audience has ever seen.”

The tournament roster will be determined by a series of invites and qualfiers. An initial group of participants has been revealed:

  • Kim “Revival” Dong Hyun (winner IEM Shanghai)
  • Kim “Oz” Hak Soo (runner up IEM Shanghai)
  • Lee “Life” Seung Hyun (winner IEM New York City)
  • Johan “naniwa” Lucchesi (runner up IEM New York City)
  • Kim “herO” Joon Ho (winner IEM Singapore)
  • Kang “san” Cho Won (runner up IEM Singapore)

All qualified players will have their flights and hotel paid for. More information will be forthcoming.

Full Announcement here.