Preview Intel Extreme Masters tournament provides glimpse into esports

18 of world's top players compete for $50,000 US top prize

Intel Extreme Masters tournament provides glimpse into esports
The 2018 Intel Extreme Masters tournament will give people a glimpse into the world of esports. © Intel

The International Olympic Committee has been open to adding esports to the Olympic program and people will get a sneak peak of what it's all about beginning on Tuesday when the Intel Extreme Masters tournament kicks off in Pyeongchang just days before the opening ceremony.

Eighteen of the world's top players will compete for a $50,000 US first prize. 

Tuesday's semifinals and final will be streamed live on the CBC Olympics site ( and app.

The feature game of the tournament is "Starcraft II," a military sci-fi media franchise. "Starcraft II" is classified as a real-time strategy video game in which participants position and maneuver units and structures under their control to secure areas of the map and/or destroy their opponents' assets. 

Hundreds of tournaments are held each year as it's popularity continues to grow and the IOC has been involved in its preparations as it hopes to learn more about esports.