Counter-Strike Returns to the Intel Extreme Masters

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Counter-Strike Returns to the Intel Extreme Masters

June 2, 2015

By: Andrew Otton

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The 10th season of the Intel Extreme Masters, a global eSports tournament held in partnership with the Electronic Sports League (ESL), will be starting up next week. This 10th season also marks the return of Counter-Strike, which has been missing since season six in 2012. This season will feature League of Legends, Starcraft II, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

The 10th season of the Intel Extreme Masters begins July 16th in China. Here's the full schedule:

  • IEM Shenzhen, China (July 16-20) at the Shenzhen Cartoon and Animation Festival
  • IEM Cologne, Germany (August 5-9) at gamescom
  • IEM San Jose, USA (November 21-22) at the SAP Center
  • IEM Cologne, Germany (December 2015) at the ESL Arena
  • IEM Asia stop, event details to be announced at a later date (sometime in 2016)
  • IEM Katowice World Championship in Poland (March 2016) at Spodek
Considering the behemoth that is now Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in eSports, there is no question that the organizers of the Intel Extreme Masters should be excited — which is exactly what Michal Blicharz, Managing Director of Pro Gaming at ESL, said:
The success and the legacy of the Intel Extreme Masters was partly built on Counter­Strike and it’s a great feeling to go into the tenth season of the circuit with CS:GO back in it. Adding a third game makes this IEM season the largest in years!
You can check out this extensive infographic on the event and its history, including season-by-season recaps and a Hall of Fame. It's a great place to start if you're unfamiliar with the event.

Is the inclusion of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive a reason for you to check out the Intel Extreme Masters this year? Are you a veteran of the event glad to see its return? Are there any other games you would like to see connected to the event in the future?

Andrew Otton

Editor in Chief at TechRaptor. Writing about games since 2014, he has long believed Dynasty Warriors 4 to be the pinnacle of gaming.