G2 Esports crowned Champions of IEM Katowice 2023
$400,000 and a ticket to IEM Cologne 2023 are now secured for Niko and Co.
The 2023 IEM Katowice event winner has been crowned after a few weeks of competition. Following a finals weekend, G2 Esports and Heroic competed in the grand final last evening for the majority of the $1 million prize pool and a guaranteed ticket to IEM Cologne 2023 later this year.
After a close encounter, the winner was determined after the fourth map when G2 Esports defeated Heroic 3-1 overall. With this victory, G2 Esports earned $400,000 in prize money, a place in the next IEM Cologne Major, and the right to compete for the Intel Grand Slam trophy.
G2 Esports has won two top-tier competitions in a row, the first was in December at the BLAST Premier World Finals 2022. Even though their run of successive map victories was broken in this grand final, the squad still holds a record of 12 straight series victories.
In the chase to win four ESL Pro Tour Masters and events, G2 Esports now competes against teams like Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, Cloud9, and Outsiders. G2 Esports must win three of the remaining competitions in order to claim the Intel Grand Slam $1 million prize up for grabs as the race will go on for the following nine competitions. The squad will need to do this before Team Vitality, Cloud9, or Outsiders win three events each, or before FaZe Clan wins only one of the next competitions as they already have claimed three victories.