IEM has officially announced the dates for the 2018 World Championship CS:GO Qualifiers. IEM will be returning to Katowice once again for fans to have the opportunity to watch 16 teams battle it out for the $500,000 prize pool along with a win counting towards the Intel Grand Slam competition. 

As mentioned, 16 teams will have the opportunity for the prize pool. Eight out of the 16 teams will be from direct invites, while the rest of the slots are reserved for teams that have qualified. Four slots will be open for Europe, two for North America, one for Asia, and one for Oceania. 

The qualifying matches for each of the regions till take place from late January to the beginning of February next year. Each region will have two open qualifiers and one closed qualifier tournaments. 

IEM Katowice will be hosted in the Spoodek Arena on March 2-4 to celebrate and conclude season 12 of the longest-running global pro gaming circuit in the world. The tournament will go through a preliminary portion from Feb. 27 to March 1. with playoffs starting the day after until March 4.

For more information about the World Championship Qualifiers please visit IEM's official post with all of the details for each regional qualifiers. 

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