The final lineup of the eight teams that will be competing in the women-only Intel Challenge Katowice 2016 CS:GO tournament for a prize pool of $30,000 has been confirmed. This is the second year Intel and ESL have hosted the Intel Challenge as part of Intel Extreme Masters Katowice. The goal of the competition is to foster healthy and inclusive spaces for women in gaming.
The teams who qualified are:
- EXERTUS (Europe) – A long-standing team whose lineup includes several players from CM Storm, who took second place at the 2015 Intel Challenge
- Millenium (Europe) – Relative newcomers to the scene, the Millenium lineup picked up some wins last year while playing under Melty eSports Club
- Team Karma (North America) – A veteran American team who achieved high placements in global women’s tournaments during 2015
- Santos.Dexterity (Latin America) – Newcomers who are hoping to bring the title home to Brazil
- Elysium (Asia) – A team from China who are eager to prove themselves on an international stage
The teams invited to play are:
- WRTP (Europe) – WRTP, formerly Games4U, has three Intel Challenge Katowice 2015 champions from Bad Monkey Gaming as part of its lineup, and is led by captain Julia “Juliano” Kiran
- Team ACER (Europe) – Headed up by Laura “NSTY” Déjou, Team ACER has been a staple of the scene for some time now and were also the 2014 World Champions
- CLG Red (North America) – CS:GO veterans and former World Champions led by Christine “Potter” Chi who previously played under the UBINITED banner
The Intel Challenge Katowice starts March 4th and goes through March 6th. The group stage matches will be played onsite, while the playoffs will be on the Expo Stage Sunday, March 6th. They will also be streamed live on Twitch. You can read more about the Intel Challenge Katowice and the rest of the tournaments going on that weekend here.