For the second straight weekend, Katowice, Poland is ground zero for the world of e-sports. Following the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) League of Legends championship last weekend, the top pros from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and StarCraft II have now taken over this quaint little city.
Over 113,000 people visited IEM inside Spodek arena and the IEM Expo at the adjacent International Congress Center last year when the event was held over one weekend. George Woo, worldwide event marketing manager at Intel, expects over 125,000 attendees this year when everything is tallied. The entire population of Katowice was just under 300,000 as of 2015.