ESL made an announcement regarding the upcoming IEM Katowice Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, StarCraft II And DreamHack Warcraft III championship events.
"The 2021 edition of Intel Extreme Masters Katowice hosting the Championship events for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, StarCraft II and Warcraft III: Reforged will not take place in Spodek due to the COVID-19 pandemic," ESL said.
ESL announced that all three tournaments are planned to be played without an audience at an in person location in Europe. "Should COVID-19 remain a major barrier to the safety of our talent, players and staff we will then revert to online play in Europe."
ESL Announces Updates for IEM Katowice 2021, SC2 and WC3 Pro Tours
IEM Katowice, one of the most prestigious CS:GO championships on a calendar year, is scheduled to run Feb. 16-28 with play-ins, a group stage and playoffs all scheduled to take place in that time frame. The StarCraft II event takes place Feb. 23-28 and the Warcraft III event runs March. 4-7.
Across all three events, $1.63 million is on the line.
ESL concluded its announcement by saying that there will be an updated in Jan. 2021 regarding the future of next year's tournaments.
For more information on the announcement, check out ESL's post on the Intel Extreme Masters site.