IEM Katowice 2024 Play-In viewer’s guide

IEM Katowice 2024

IEM Katowice 2024 Play-In viewer’s guide

Before we get to the main event of IEM Katowice 2024, Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) esports fans are treated to the Play-In stage, where 16 teams will compete for 8 spots. Here’s what you need to know.

IEM Katowice Play-In details

Taking place in Poland, Katowice, the iconic tournament series hosted by ESL, returns in 2024. Before the main event, we’ll see teams compete in a double-elimination bracket. Opening matches are best-of-one, while all following matches are best-of-three.

The top eight teams from the Play-In stage advance to the Group Stage of the main event. The IEM Katowice 2024 Play-In stage takes place from 31 January to 2 February 2024. The teams who get eliminated in 21st to 24th place only get $2500, and 17th to 20th place only get $4500 of the massive $1 million prize pool. That’s roughly R19 million, in case you were wondering.

Teams competing:
  • Cloud9
  • Rooster
  • Heroic
  • Rebels Gaming
  • FURIA Esports
  • M80
  • The MongolZ
  • BIG
  • Eternal Fire
  • GamerLegion
  • BetBoom Team
  • Apeks
  • ENCE
  • Astralis
  • Team Spirit

The eight teams who make it through the Play-In stage will compete against the eight directly invited teams in the Group Stage, followed by the playoffs, which will be held at the awesome Spodek Arena in February.

You can watch all the CS2 esports action from IEM Katowice 2024 by tuning in to the official ESL_CSGO Twitch channel. It will be exciting to see who comes out on top of this huge event!

Header image via ESL.

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