ESL has confirmed the dates of their two flagship CS:GO championships for 2023.

After some uncertainty due to the shifted player-break, ESL has announced the dates for IEM Katowice and IEM Cologne 2023. With 24 teams and a Million Dollars each, the events continue to be the flagship events in ESL's calendar.

IEM Katowice 2023

First up on the calendar is IEM Katowice 2023. The event that was usually held in February, has been shifted up the calendar by two weeks. The Polish event will now run from January 31 to February 12. Covering similar dates as this year's BLAST Premier Spring finals, the event will likely be the first event of the season. This decision will likely give teams very few official matches to get the ring rust off as they enter the Spodek.

  • Venue: Spodek Arena, Katowice
  • Play-in: January 31-February 1
  • Group Stage: February 2–5
  • Playoff: February 10 - February 12
  • Number of Teams: 24
  • Prize Pool: $1,000,000

With Poland's decision to limit travel for all Russian nationals, the fate of some teams is up in the air. But with ESL's strong historical ties to the city, fans can keep their hopes up to see teams like NaVi and Cloud9 in full force.

Image Via Helena Kristiansson/ESL
Image Via Helena Kristiansson/ESL

IEM Cologne 2023

As Katowice kicks off the first season of CS, Cologne will do the same. Taking place from July 25 to August 6, the event will likely be the first event following the newly updated Summer Player Break. After the amazing return to LANXESS in 2022, IEM Cologne will once again be taking place in the legendary venue.

  • Venue: LANXESS Arena, Cologne
  • July 25–26 - Play-In Stage
  • July 27–30 - Group Stage
  • August 4–6 - Playoffs
  • Number of Teams: 24
  • Prize Pool: $1,000,000

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