With just one event to go until the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Katowice in March, preparations are well underway, and, thanks to North America's leading tech-focused e-retailer Newegg and esports fans across the globe, we're pleased to announce that the event now has a massive prize pool of over US$300,000 up for grabs.
Since the beginning of December, part of the proceeds from selected purchases made via the Newegg shop's Intel Extreme Masters portal began going towards boosting the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship prize pool. More than US$20,000 was raised by these community contributions as of mid December, and today we're proud to announce that this number has increased to whopping US$50,121 in total!
Michał Blicharz, managing director pro gaming at ESL, said of the endeavour:
"Nothing like this has ever been attempted in esports. Thanks to Newegg, we have managed to build a real bridge between our partners and the gaming community who want to support their favorite events. The prize money for the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship increased by 20% through the contributions of fans, so we can safely say this experiment was a success and we will explore similar projects in the future."
The money raised will be divided between the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship StarCraft II and League of Legends competitions 33.3% and 66.7% respectively, meaning the StarCraft II players can expect to receive US$116,707 between them while successful League of Legends teams will share an impressive US$183,414.
Part of the Intel ESL Expo, the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Katowice is just part of the esports festival set to run from the 12th to the 15th of March.
For more information as soon as it becomes available, be sure to keep an eye on the official Intel Extreme Masters World Championship site.
Next stop: Taipei!