The Esports Carnival Returns To South Korea

The Esports Carnival Returns To South Korea

While the year might be coming to a close, it’s not quite the end for esports. Intel Extreme Masters is holding one final major event for the year, and after 8 years of globehopping they’ve brought the gaming carnival back to South Korea this weekend for IEM Gyeonggi.

Broadcasting live from the Goyang Sports Complex in the Gyeonggi Province, this is the first stadium sized event that Intel has run in Asia.

Expectations are high for live crowds and those watching online, with an estimated 20 million viewers expected to tune in over the weekend. This may not be far off the mark. Last year’s League of Legends finals between Koo Tigers and SK Telecom in Berlin attracted 36 million unique viewers, while IEM Katowice earlier this year – which only featured Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – had around 30 million viewers.

For this leg of the the season, StarCraft 2 will be joined by League of Legends and Overwatch, which was only announced at a fortnight ago in a surprising last minute move. You can view all of IEM’s streams individually through their Twitch channel or their live portal, while footage from the League of Legends channel is embedded below.

You can catch all of the action live here! We’ll be at IEM all weekend, so keep your eyes peeled on Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates.

The author travelled to IEM Gyeonggi as a guest of Intel.