Sprout received the invite as Team Spirit and forZe could not produce proof of visa at the time of the invite.
TYLOO has withdrawn from IEM Katowice due to COVID restrictions, ESL has announced today. Replacing them will be Team Sprout, who were the next eligible team with valid visas to attend the international event.
The tournament organizer extended invites to Team Spirit and forZe. However, both these teams were unable to provide a valid proof of visa at the time. This ruled them out of the tournament. The next eligible team as per the rules for an invite was Team Sprout who have confirmed their participation in the event.
The announcement comes soon after TYLOO had announced the return of Hansel “BnTeT” Ferdinand to their CS: GO roster. He was expected to lead TYLOO during IEM Katowice 2022. One of the veterans in Counter-Strike scene, BnTeT’s experience and skill will be crucial to TYLOO’s results in 2022.
Will IEM Katowice take place on LAN?
Last month, ESL announced IEM Katowice will take place on LAN with a live audience. The recent team-change announcement does not make any mention of a change of plans for a live audience.
The Spodek arena will rise up with CS: GO fans once again after nearly two years. IEM Katowice was one of the first events in esports to be hit by the COVID Pandemic in 2020.
IEM Katowice 2022: Clash of the Best
The IEM Katowice 2022 tournament features the best CS: GO teams from around the world. The tournament has a million-dollar prize pool and 24 teams competing for glory and prize money. With big names such as Natus Vincere, Vitality, G2 esports, Navi, FaZe Clan, NiP and others, this will be the first big event of the year.