Intel Extreme Masters 2017: World’s Biggest E-Sport Arena is in Poland

Helena Kristiansson, ESL

The world’s biggest e-sport arena is built in Poland by company, which is leaded by two Polish brothers. Another year in row, ARAM company, member of PRG Alliance, was responsible for the stage design as well as the comprehensive technical and stage design production of Intel Extreme Masters 2017, an event that took place in Katowice.

It is traditional that the Intel Extreme Masters finals are held in Katowice; in Spodek and in the International Conference Centre (MCK). It should be mentioned that stages designed and built by the Poles are considered the best in the world and shown globally as a model in many marketing materials. Apart from designing and building this gigantic multimedia stage, ARAM designed and built three smaller stages for IEM EXPO, along with TV studios for the needs of broadcasting, and the company also delivered equipment and structures for nearly 10 exhibition stands.

“Every year we raise standards for IEM,” said Michal Mrzyglocki, COO from ARAM. “We want the stage to surprise, to be even more interesting and breath-taking. It seems that we succeeded also this year. We received a lot of congratulations and words of recognition from many people from both e-sport and show-business sector from Poland and abroad.”

“Our role is so much more than equipment delivery,” added Rafal Mrzyglocki, CEO at ARAM. “Operating in the ‘from design to effect’ model requires considerable commitment on our part in the early stage, but it gives comfort to the organizers. Working for nearly 5 years and knowing the needs of this specific e-sport market, we are able to design and build tailor-made stages, which are regarded globally as an example to be followed.”

What is interesting, the tournament has expanded so much that this year the organisers decided to divide the event into two weekends; during the first one (25th to the 26th February) we could see the finals of a popular game, League of Legends, whereas during the second IEM weekend (3rd to the 5th March) the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and StarCraft II competitions as well as the IEM EXPO Fair took place in the International Conference Centre, where the participants competed in Heroes of the Storm and Cross Fire, and the Cybersport Polish Cup Finals were held.