ESL announces that they will be conducting IEM Katowice in Ukraine- As one of the largest esports tournament organizers, ESL is known to host many popular ones, especially for the Counter-Strike:Global Offensive and Starcraft II. Although they had planned to host IEM Katowice in Ukraine previously, the aggression of Russia towards the country created many doubts regarding the continuation of the competition. Ukraine, Russia, War, World War 3, WWIII
However, the tournament organizers have finally released an official statement regarding the situation in Ukraine.
We are closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine. Our current priority is to support the players, the talent and the staff who may be affected by it.
The SC2 & CSGO tournaments will continue as planned.
— Intel® Extreme Masters (@IEM) February 24, 2022
IEM Katowice will be held in Ukraine as per plans, despite the international tension
The team at Intel Extreme Masters, who are currently a part of the organizing team, have expressed their concern over this situation and have tweeted that they are “closely monitoring” the situation in Ukraine. Their tweet also went on to say“our current priority is to support the players, the talent, and the staff who may be affected by it,” which can also be considered as the official ESL statement on this issue. The CS:GO and StarCraft II playoffs will be played in the Spodek Arena and according to previous plans, a huge live audience will follow the action starting on Friday and ending on Sunday. Ukraine, Russia, War, World War 3, WWIII
Players and teams belonging to the countries in question
As the situation between Ukraine and Russia has grown so large as to gain international fame, there are many players from both of these regions in Counter-Strike:Global Offensive. Here are some of them being mentioned below, who have also qualified to attend the grand IEM Katowice.
- Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev is from Ukraine and plays in NAVI
- Valerii “b1t” Vakhovskyi is from Ukraine and plays in NAVI
- Andrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi (coach) is from Ukraine and plays in NAVI
- Denis “electronic” Sharipov is from Russia and plays in NAVI
- Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov is from Russia and plays in NAVI
- Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy is from Russia and plays in NAVI
- Dzhami “Jame” Ali is from Russia and plays in VP
- Evgeniy “FL1T” Lebedev is from Russia and plays in VP
- Vladislav “nafany” Gorshkov is from Russia and plays in Gambit
- Dmitriy “sh1ro” Sokolov is from Russia and plays in Gambit
- Timofey “interz” Yakushin is from Russia and plays in Gambit
- Sergey “Ax1Le” Rykhtorov is from Russia and plays in Gambit
- Konstantin “groove” Pikiner (coach) is from Russia and plays in Gambit
- Ilya “m0NESY” Osipov is from Russia and plays in G2
Many famous esports celebrities like s1mple from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have taken to social media to show their concerns regarding the shelling at cities by Russian troops. Many also believe that the situation should be prevented from escalating any further and the diplomats of the two countries should talk this through. The IEM Katowice CS: GO playoffs will begin today on 25th Feb, while the StarCraft II playoffs will begin on Saturday, 26th Feb.