Cologne 2023

THE CATHEDRAL OF COUNTER-STRIKE

04.08. - 06.08.2023Lanxess Arena

ESL Pro Tour ChampionshipIEM Cologne Returns!

It's this time of the year again when players and fans across the globe are getting ready to attend Europe's biggest CS:GO esports happening at IEM Cologne, The Cathedral of Counter-Strike. For 24 teams, there is once again a whole lot at stake. $1M prize money and another win in the Intel Grand Slam, but above all, one of the most prestigious titles around: The EPT Championship. 

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EARLY BIRD TICKETS

Premium Tickets are sold out for the early bird phase, more will release in the following waves!

Early Bird: September 27th 15:00 CEST
Wave 1: December 1st 15:00 CET
Wave 2: TBD, Q1 2023

Get your ticket now! Ticket prices will increase in the following waves by up to 30%!
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Weekend Regular

Early Bird

99€ Three day ticket
  • CS:GO Tournament Ticket
  • Access on all three days (August 4-6)
  • Free Seating: upper & lower ranks
  • Access to signing sessions

Weekend Plus

Early Bird

149€ Three day ticket
  • CS:GO Tournament Ticket
  • Access on all three days (August 4-6)
  • Free Seating: upper & lower ranks
  • Access to signing sessions
  • Plus Goodie Bag
  • Plus Attendee Badge

Premium

Early Bird

299€ Three day ticket
  • CS:GO Tournament Ticket
  • Access on all three days (August 4-6)
  • Premium seating in front of the stage
  • Access to signing sessions
  • Premium Goodie Bag
  • Premium attendee badge
  • Free Drinks (water, soft-drinks & Beer)
  • Close to the player walk-in
More released Dec 1st!

Single Day

Early Bird

34€ - 49€ Friday, Saturday or Sunday
  • CS:GO Tournament Ticket
  • Access to either Friday, Saturday or Sunday
  • Free Seating: upper & lower ranks
  • Access to signing sessions
Please note that the minimum age to attend this event is 16+.

Schedule

Early Plus & Premium Check-In & ESL Shop Opening:
The schedule is preliminary, but 

Times for early check-in & ESL Shop early access: Thursday 16:00 - 19:00

Friday 15th

Quarter Finals
Time CEST
ESL Shop open
11:00
Outside Area open
12:30
Lanxess Doors open
13:00
Arena Doors open
13:30
Opening ceremony
15:20
Quarter Finals #1
15:30
Quarter Finals #2
19:00
Tents closing
20:30

Saturday 16th

Semi Finals
Time CEST
ESL Shop open
12:00
Outside Area open
12:30
Lanxess Doors open
13:00
Arena Doors open
13:30
Opening ceremony
15:20
Semi Finals #1
15:30
Semi Finals #2
19:00
Tents closing
20:30

Sunday 17th

Grand Finals
Time CEST
ESL Shop open
12:30
Outside Area open
12:30
Lanxess Doors open
13:30
Arena Doors open
14:00
Opening ceremony
15:50
Grand Final
16:00
Tents closing
20:30
Everything remains subject to roster disbands/acquisitions and changes to tournament participants/formats.
Cut-off date: Dec 20th

Format

Play-In

Group Stage

PlayOffs

Prize pool Distribution

Prize Money
Total
$1,000,000
1st
$400,000
2nd
$180,000
3rd-4th
$80,000
5th-6th
$40,000
7th-8th
$24,000
9th-12th
$16,000
13th-16th
$10,000
17th-20th
$4,500
21st-24th
$2,500

THIS IS IEM COLOGNE

Culminating in the heart of Cologne, the Cathedral of Counter-Strike has become a temple for witnessing history.

Excellence, precision and countless hours of dedication welcome those worthy to compete within the renowned LANXESS arena. Reverberating in the chests of thousands of fans every year, the Cathedral of Counter-Strike quakes with the greatest, undeniably passionate fans that esports has to offer.

There’s a reason Cologne is known as the Cathedral of Counter-Strike. The future of teams are decided in the halls of the Cathedral. We don’t know what will happen until you walk into the arena - come find out with us.

Your Stay in Cologne

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Get some first impressions below and download the full resolution here!

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Intel is the catalyst for PC gaming innovation, rallying the industry to make the PC the best place to play and create. The company believe the best gaming experience is done on the PC and always looking for ways to push their technology to the limits when it comes to performance, enabling the development community, driving new form factors and leveraging emerging technology. 

Additional information about Intel is available at intel.com/gaming

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