Intel Extreme Masters
The Intel Extreme Masters (abbreviated as IEM) are a product of the ESL. In 2006, when the Intel sponsored European tournament saw room for expansion outside of European, especially in North American markets, Intel provided funds for a worldwide tournament, billing it as the Intel Extreme Masters.In 2007, when established, the IEM established a format of many smaller qualifying events, leading up to a large final event that is held at CeBIT. All of the Grand Finals have been held at CeBIT. Starting in 2008, the Tournament was billed as being worldwide, boasting participants from Europe, North America, and Asia. Although Counterstrike 1.6 was the only game offered in the first season, the variety of games has increased greatly, to the four that were offered during Season 5. World of Warcraft was offered during Season 4, but was dropped for Season 5. The Season 5 Finals will be held at CeBIT and will included a US$130,000 prize pool.
Games offered in Intel Extreme Masters: Counter-Strike (Seasons 1 - 6), Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne (Seasons 1-2, 3: Asian Championship Finals - CS1.6 and Asian Championship Finals - WoW, 4: Global Challenge Chengdu, 5: Global Challenge Shanghai), World of Warcraft (Seasons 2: Global Challenge Dreamhack, 3-4), Quake Live (Seasons 4-5), StarCraft II (Seasons 5-6), League of Legends (LoL) (Seasons 5: World Championship (LoL Invitational), 6)
The Counter-Strike 1.6 tournament was considered one of the Counter-Strike Majors from 2008 to 2012.