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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 VIII features four Global Challenges and a World Championship.

Season VIII:

Finals / World Championship:

LoL Prize Pool[]

The total prize pool for Season VIII is $ 370,500 USD spread between various events as follows:

Event Professional Amateur
Global Challenge Shangai $ 30,000 None
Global Challenge Cologne $ 50,000 $ 30,000
Global Challenge Singapore $ 50,000 $ 20,000
Global Challenge Sao Paulo $ 40,500 None
World Championship $ 150,000 None