IEM Katowice 2023: Schedule, results & how to watch

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The 2023 edition of IEM Katowice is officially underway. Here is everything you need to know about the prestigious event, including the schedule, the latest results, and how to watch.

IEM Katowice is one of the biggest and most iconic tournaments on the CS:GO calendar, only rivaled by the Majors and IEM Cologne. The 2023 edition will bring elite-level Counter-Strike to the Spodek Arena, where the winner will walk away with the lion’s share of a $1 million prize purse and a ticket to IEM Cologne.

The tournament will feature 24 teams from all over the world, including 17 of the current top 20 teams in the rankings. Eight teams have been directly invited to the group stage, while the other 16 will duke it out in the Play-In stage for the final eight spots in the main tournament.

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FaZe won IEM Katowice 2022 with jks as a stand-in

Here are all the details you need to know about IEM Katowice, including the full schedule, lineups, and prize money.

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IEM Katowice 2023: Stream

IEM Katowice 2023 will be streamed live on ESL’s main and secondary Twitch channels. For the first time in many years, it will also be streamed on another platform, YouTube, following the end of the exclusivity deal with Twitch.

We’ve embedded the main stream below for your convenience.

Missed a match? Simply head over to ESL’s archive on YouTube.

IEM Katowice 2023: Schedule & results

IEM Katowice will begin with the Play-In Stage, where 16 teams will compete in a double-elimination bracket. The opening round will be played in a best-of-one format, while the remaining matches will be best-of-three series.

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The top eight teams will advance to the group stage, where they will join the eight teams invited by ESL based on their world ranking. These 16 teams will be split into two GSL groups, with three teams per group advancing to the single-elimination playoffs, which will be played at the Spodek Arena. The tournament will culminate in a best-of-five grand final on February 12.

Group Stage (February 4-7)

Day 1: February 4

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group A U. 1 Cloud9 vs NAVI 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Group A U. 1 G2 vs BIG 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Group A U. 1 FaZe vs Spirit 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM
Group B U. 1 Vitality vs NIP 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM
Group A U. 1 Liquid vs IHC 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM
Group B U. 1 OG vs MOUZ 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM

Day 2: February 5

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group B U. 1 Heroic vs Complexity 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Group B U. 1 Outsiders vs Fnatic 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Group A U. 2 TBD vs TBD 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM
Group A L. 1 TBD vs TBD 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM
Group A U. 2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM
Group A L. 1 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM

Day 3: February 6

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group B L. 1 TBD vs TBD 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Group B L. 1 TBD vs TBD 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Group B U.2 TBD vs TBD 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM
Group B U. 2 TBD vs TBD 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM
Group A L. 2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM
Group A L. 2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM

Day 4: February 7

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group B L. 2 TBD vs TBD 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Group B L. 2 TBD vs TBD 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Group A U. 3 TBD vs TBD 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM
Group A L. 3 TBD vs TBD 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM
Group B U. 3 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM
Group B L. 3 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM

Playoffs (February 10-12)

Day 1: February 10

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Quarter-finals TBD vs TBD 6:30 AM 9:30 AM 2:30 PM
Quarter-finals TBD vs TBD 10 AM 1 PM 6 PM

Day 2: February 11

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Semi-finals TBD vs TBD 6:30 AM 9:30 AM 2:30 PM
Semi-finals TBD vs TBD 10 AM 1 PM 6 PM

Day 3: February 12

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Grand final TBD vs TBD 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM

Play-In (February 1-3)

Day 1: February 1

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Round 1 Cloud9 16-5 IHC 2 AM 5 AM 10 AM
Upper Round 1 ENCE 16-7 paiN 2 AM 5 AM 10 AM
Upper Round 1 MIBR 13-16 NIP 3:15 AM 6:15 AM 11:15 AM
Upper Round 1 Spirit 16-6 Grayhound 3:15 AM 6:15 AM 11:15 AM
Upper Round 1 Sprout 16-19 OG 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 12:30 PM
Upper Round 1 Fnatic 16-8 EG  4: 30 AM 7:30 AM 12:30 PM
Upper Round 1  BIG 16-12 Complexity 5:45 AM 8:45 AM 1:45 PM
Upper Round 1  FURIA 16-4 Permitta 5:45 AM 8:45 AM 1:45 PM
Upper Round 2 Spirit 0-2 NIP * 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM
Upper Round 2 Cloud9 2-1 ENCE * 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM
Upper Round 2 Fnatic 1-2 OG * 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM
Upper Round 2 FURIA 1-2 BIG * 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM

Day 2: February 2

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Lower Round 1 Grayhound 1-2 MIBR 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM
Lower Round 1 IHC 2-0 paiN 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM
Lower Round 1 EG 0-2 Sprout 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM
Lower Round 1 Permitta 0-2 Complexity 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM

Day 3: February 3

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Lower Round 2 Fnatic 2-0 MIBR * 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM
Lower Round 2 FURIA 1-2 IHC * 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM
Lower Round 2  ENCE 1-2 Complexity * 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM
Lower Round 2 Sprout 1-2 Spirit * 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM

IEM Katowice 2023: Teams & players

IEM Katowice 2023 will feature top teams from Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. The majority of the participating teams were determined by ESL’s world ranking, with only two coming from qualifying events (Fnatic through winning Elisa Masters Espoo and Permitta by topping ESL Mistrzostwa Polski Autumn).

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The Polish event will be the first opportunity to see some of the new teams in action. Those are the cases of Cloud9, who recently added Timur ‘buster’ Tulepov to their roster, and IEM Rio Major winners Outsiders, who signed 18-year-old Aleksandr ‘⁠KaiR0N-‘ Anashkin. Sprout will also attend their first LAN tournament with Romanian AWPer Adrian ‘XELLOW’ Guță, who has already played for the team in online competitions.

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buster will play his first tournament for Cloud9

FaZe are expected to once again field their entire roster after Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard missed the BLAST Premier Spring Groups because of the birth of his child. The international team, which won IEM Katowice 2022 with Justin ‘jks’ Savage as a stand-in, is expected to provide an update before the event.

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IEM Katowice will also mark Kristian ‘k0nfig’ Wienecke’s debut for NIP. The former Astralis rifler has been brought in as a replacement for Hampus ‘hampus’ Poser, who is taking a break from competition.

Invited Teams

Team Region Players
NAVI Europe s1mple, b1t, electroNic, Perfecto, nipl
FaZe Europe karrigan, ropz, broky, Twistzz, rain
Liquid Americas EliGE, NAF, oSee, nitr0, YEKINDAR
Heroic Europe cadiaN, sjuush, TeSes, stavn, jabbi
Outsiders Europe Jame, FL1T, fame, qikert, KaiR0N-
G2 Esports Europe NiKo, m0NESY, huNter-, jks, HooXi
Vitality Europe ZywOo, apEX, dupreeh, Magisk, Spinx
MOUZ Europe frozen, dexter, JDC, xertioN, torzsi

Play-In Teams

Team Region Players
NIP Europe REZ, Aleksib, headtr1ck, Brollan, k0nfig
Complexity Americas floppy, JT, Grim, hallzerk, FaNg
Evil Geniuses Americas Brehze, autimatic, HexT, neaLaN, wiz
BIG Europe tabseN, faveN, Krimbo, syrsoN, k1to
Spirit Europe chopper, Patsi, magixx, s1ren, w0nderful
Cloud9 Europe nafany, sh1ro, HObbit, buster, Ax1Le
FURIA Americas KSCERATO, yuurih, arT, drop, saffee
MIBR Americas exit, Tuurtle, brnz4n, HEN1, insani
IHC Asia Techno4K, bLitz, ANNIHILATION, sk0r, Bart4k
Grayhound Oceania Sico, INS, Liazz, Vexite, aliStair
OG Europe nexa, F1KU, degster, NEOFRAG, flameZ
ENCE Europe Snappi, dycha, maden, valde, SunPayus
Sprout Europe refrezh, XELLOW, lauNx, Staehr, Zyphon
paiN Americas zevy, skullz, hardzao, PKL, biguzera
Fnatic Europe KRIMZ, mezii, nicoodoz, roeJ, FASHR
Permitta Europe sNx, iso, casey, Layner, OLIMP

IEM Katowice 2023: Final standings

Below you can find the prize pool distribution and the final standings.

Placement Team Prize Money (USD)
1 TBD $400,000 
2 TBD $180,000
3-4 TBD $80,000
TBD
5-6 TBD $40,000
TBD
7-8 TBD $24,000
TBD
9-12 TBD $16,000
TBD
TBD
TBD
13-16 TBD $10,000
TBD
TBD
TBD
17-20 Sprout $4,500
ENCE
FURIA
MIBR
21-24 Permitta $2,500
Evil Geniuses
Grayhound
paiN