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IEM Katowice 2023 Play-In schedule: Day one matches, teams attending, and where to watch

Danyal Arabi

IEM Katowice 2023 Play-In schedule: Day one matches, teams attending, and where to watch

The BLAST Spring Groups brought two weeks of nonstop CS: GO action for fans. With the first tournament of the year behind us, IEM Katowice looms. The Play-Ins begin on February 1, 2023, and give a bunch of teams a chance to qualify. From underdogs to behemoths like Furia, sixteen teams will be making it to Poland for a four-day Play In. Here’s the detailed schedule and where to catch it.

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IEM Katowice Play-Ins begin February 1, 2023

Teams participating:

  1. FURIA Esports
  2. Permitta Esports
  3. BIG
  4. Complexity Gaming
  5. Fnatic
  6. Evil Geniuses
  7. Sprout
  8. OG
  9. Team Spirit
  10. Grayhound Gaming
  11. MIBR
  12. Ninjas in Pyjamas
  13. ENCE
  14. paiN Gaming
  15. Cloud9
  16. IHC Esports

Day one schedule (February 1, 2023):

  • Cloud9 vs. IHC Esports – 11:00 CET
  • ENCE vs. paiN Gaming – 11:00 CET
  • MIBR vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas – 12:15 CET
  • Team Spirit vs. Grayhound Gaming – 12:15 CET
  • Sprout vs.OG – 13:30 CET
  • Fnatic vs. Evil Geniuses – 13:30 CET
  • FURIA Esports vs. Permitta Esports – 14:45 CET
  • BIG vs. Complexity Gaming – 14:45 CET

A bunch of heavy hitters will be duking it out at the biggest LAN event this February. Out of these sixteen teams, only eight will be moving forward to IEM Katowice 2023. The tournament will follow a double-elimination bracket, giving teams two chances to make it through. Some teams to look out for in this tournament are Cloud9, Furia, NIP, and OG. The former two haven’t been to a tournament in over two months, raising questions about their form while NIP and OG look to stabilize after a poor BLAST Spring Groups.

Where to watch?

Two games will be running simultaneously over at and

Also read: Heroic qualify for the CS:GO Blast Spring Finals, send BIG to the Spring Showdown

About the author

Danyal Arabi

Danyal Arabi


Danyal Arabi is an Esports writer and Editor at The SportsRush. With a vested interest in computers since an early age he has managed to sink more than 4000 hours into CS: GO over the years. As a Deus Ex enjoyer and fan of the earlier Assassin's Creeds, narrative-driven games have taken much of his time. Being a 2D fighter enthusiast across franchises like Injustice, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter, a fair few controllers have been sacrificed in his pursuit to win. Apart from all things gaming, Danyal enjoys motorsport, bowling, and spending weekends with his pals over good food and banter.

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