Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2014.
Events typically related to the entertainment and gaming industry are scarce in Poland, and there are even fewer significant ones, but fortunately, since last year the situation has changed for the better, because in the capital of Silesia there was an event not only of a local, but also of an international nature – Intel Extreme Masters. Less than twelve months ago, we hosted a qualifying event in Spodek in Katowice, this year’s is the world finals, attended by people from all over the world.
It was with great pleasure that I set off on Friday morning from Wrocław, so that just after 11 am I could go in and see with my own eyes how the largest in Poland and one of the largest gaming events in the world is organized. I must admit that already at the Spodek Arena I was surprised by the number of people who wanted to get inside, and there was no shortage of volunteers throughout the day, because when leaving late in the afternoon the queue decreased only slightly. In addition to the finals of Starcraft II, League of Legends and Counter Strike: Global Offensive (about them a bit later), players had access to several dozen different stands on the very surface of the Spodek Arena in Katowice and the ring around it. There we could take a look at the latest computer equipment from Asus, MSI or Intel, among others. The rest of the stands could be found on the ring surrounding the entire Saucer, where you could play, for example, the brand new Titanfall, buy official IEM gadgets or have a hot snack, so in the breaks between the individual struggles of the players we certainly couldn’t get bored.
Well, a portal related to mobile technologies, and I only write about games. Intel Extreme Masters is also an opportunity to get acquainted with several tablets that were exhibited at the Intel stand. As you can probably guess, we could only find devices operating under the control of Intel systems, including Modecom, Colorovo and GoClever tablets. It is a pity that it was not decided to show the capabilities and power of the equipment better by playing a mini tournament for mobile production. There would be so many typical mobile accents, for fans of stationary solutions it was definitely more fun, for example at one of the stands you could assemble the central unit on time, play new titles in 4K resolution on a 50-inch screen. Below is a gallery from IEM, with a slight mobile accent, because all the photos were taken with the Nokia Lumia 1520.
However, the icing on the cake of the whole event are the tournaments, and three finals were played at IEM in Katowice – Starcratfa II, League of Legends and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. The pool of prizes reached nearly PLN 1.5 million. The games themselves, however, would not have had such momentum if not for the great audience and great emotions accompanying each match. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of any kind of e-sports competition. Ever since I can remember, I preferred to play than watch others play, but what changed my attitude to watching such games is the emotions they arouse and the atmosphere. I felt like I was at a sports competition, every important and more spectacular action was strongly applauded, and when it came to finalizing the clash, the audience jumped up from their seats and shouted loudly. It is worth mentioning that from the very beginning Spodek was filled with people to the limit and several thousand throats chanting the nickname of the team or player, reacting vividly to events is something that cannot be described, you just have to see and feel it for yourself .
To sum up, Intel Extreme Masters is a really successful event, which is one of a kind, whoever was not should regret it, because such events do not happen very often in Poland. One regret is that I could only be in Spodek in Katowice for one day, I would love to return to Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice in a year, maybe it will work?