Europe has been the home of Counter-Strike excellence since the franchise began and CS:GO has not broken that habit despite the emergence of some truly legendary Brazilian line-ups and the occasional elite North American side.
IEM Chicago returns to the Windy City in 2019 to celebrate one of the longest rivalries in esports: North America vs. Europe. The United Center will host eight of the best Counter-Strike teams in the world playing for a $250,000 prize pool on July 20 & 21.
North American CS:GO has never been stronger than it is in this moment. Team Liquid is one of the world's elite teams and arguably the most skilled line-up in professional play, routinely making top placings at the biggest international tournaments and dangerous for every top team out there in the field. NRG have come off a year of progressively improving and becoming more than just also-rans, developing instead into a legitimately good global side. Finally, 15 months or so ago Cloud9 lifted the first major in CS:GO history for the region.
Players and teams from around the world competed in a variety of games at the prestigious Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland for a total prize pool of $2.5 million. Over 174,000 fans came to enjoy Dota 2, CS:GO, StarCraft 2, Fortnite and other games, as well as the world’s largest esports-themed trade show, the IEM Expo.
It’s an understatement to say that Katowice 2019 is jam packed with some of the biggest esports games from around the world. Now Guns of Boom, an FPS shooter with more than 60 million downloads that’s taken the mobile gaming world by storm, will be joining them at the Katowice Mainstage in March. So, what makes Guns of Boom, and mobile gaming in general, so special?