The Intel Extreme Masters is ESL's flagship competition sponsored by Intel. IEM is a huge tournament spanning many months and individual competitions culminating in the Global Championships. While each year the games played changes, for Season VI, League of Legends will be played alongside Counter Strike 1.6 and Starcraft 2. Tournaments involved in the IEM range from small online qualifiers with $100 prizes to huge live events giving away upwards of 5 figure cash prizes to the winners of major events.
Season VI features five Global Challenges and a World Championship. Each Global Challenge's League of Legends tournament will feature 8 qualified teams.
Finals / World Championship:
Prize Pool - Winner
The total prize pool for Season VI is $ 228,000 USD, spread between various games and events as follows:
|Global Challenge Cologne
|Global Challenge Guangzhou
|Global Challenge New York
|Global Challenge Kiev
Teams in Green are highest ranked in their region (qualified).
Teams in Blue have finished top 2 in an IEM (qualified).
Teams in Brown are qualified based on points.
- One highest ranked team or player from each of the three Intel Extreme Masters regions (the Americas, Europe and Africa, Asia and Oceania) will be invited to the World Championship.
- The top 2 teams or players from every Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge will be invited to the World Championship.
- The remaining World Championship slots will go to the highest ranked teams or players in the season.
- Global Challenges
- The Counter-Strike 1.6 and League of Legends tournaments in every Global Challenge will each feature 8 teams, while every StarCraft II Global Challenge will have 16 participants.
- The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will feature 12 Counter-Strike 1.6 teams, 12 League of Legends teams and 24 StarCraft II players.