PM praises Polish e-sport at industry event

PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Sunday expressed praise for Poland's successes in e-sport while talking to participants and organisers of the Intel Extreme Masters event in the southern city of Katowice on Sunday.

"I'm pleased that Polish players are noticed in the world and that they are becoming better and better," the Polish PM said at the meeting, as he went on to note that "Poland is a computer game and e-sport power."

"For me it's something fantastic that in this creative sector of the economy (...) we are not only noticed on the map of the world, but are also one of the best," Morawiecki said.

The prime minister wished the participants luck and "pleasure and enjoyment from participation in the competition."

Talking to reporters later on, PM Morawiecki said that e-sport and the video games industry "are an impulse for creating completely new products and services."

Morawiecki said Poland should find its competitive edge in "sectors that are not capital-intensive and don't require huge capital input."

Intel Extreme Masters was held in Katowice's Spodek Hall over two weekends: February 20-24 and February 28 - March 3.

Last year the event attracted 169,000 live viewers as well as 2.2 million online fans in the DotA2 competition and 1.7 mln in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive game.