Intel® Extreme Masters returns to the home of esports for the first time in eight years with IEM Gyeonggi on December 16 - 18, 2016. In addition to the 16 StarCraft® II players and eight League of Legends® teams, the Goyang Sports Complex will also welcome six Overwatch teams from across Europe and Asia to battle in Blizzard Entertainment’s blockbuster team-based shooter for the Overwatch IEM Gyeonggi Invitational prize pool of $100,000.
“South Korea is considered by many to be the birthplace of esports and we’re thrilled that IEM is returning to the country for the first time since Season 3 to close out 2016,” said Michal Blicharz, VP of pro gaming at ESL. “The addition of the Overwatch IEM Gyeonggi Invitational will make the last IEM event of the year a celebration of South Korea’s most popular gaming titles.”
“Overwatch is a fantastic source of esports competition and its popularity is exploding, which is why we’re thrilled to add the title to Intel Extreme Masters Gyeonggi,” said George Woo, esports marketing manager at Intel. “We look forward to showcasing Intel’s technology and innovative gaming products at the event as we continue to push the boundaries of interactive entertainment for our fans.”
This will be the world’s first stadium event for Overwatch, bringing international flare to Korea’s national league. StarCraft II at IEM Gyeonggi will also be the first official event of the new WCS season, with the 2016 Championship concluding at BlizzCon in November.