Behind the Scenes at the World’s Biggest Esports Tournament


When it comes to esports events, it's easy to focus on the action happening on the main stage. But what about the 4.5k people working behind the scenes? Just like in traditional sports, these events require a massive amount of work and personnel to run smoothly.

Esports: More Than Just a Game

Esports events can be even more complex than regular sports. Take, for example, battle royales with up to 100 players competing at once. The challenge lies in displaying 100 different points of view, something that traditional sports don't have to worry about.

A Sneak Peek at IEM's Studio

We had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the ESL studios in Katowice during IEM, one of the world's biggest Counter-Strike tournaments. And let us tell you, the facility is nothing short of impressive.

The studio itself is larger than a football pitch, providing ample space for all the action. It's divided into different setups to accommodate the various games being played. Some setups even have green screens to enhance the viewing experience for fans.

But it doesn't stop there. The studio also boasts high-tech features, like LED screens covering the floor that display captivating animations. It's truly a treasure trove of technology.

Esports: A Growing Phenomenon

With a peak viewership of 1.2 million people watching simultaneously, esports is no longer a niche interest. It has become a global phenomenon that's here to stay. If you're interested in diving deeper into the world of esports, be sure to check out our recap of IEM Katowice 2024.

Written by Georgina Young and Marin Angelov on behalf of GLHF.

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