CROSSFIRE IEM Expo Invitational 2018

Smilegate Europe joined the biggest esport event in Europe bringing back the CROSSFIRE IEM Expo Invitational 2018, where 4 teams competed for the champion title and lion’s share of the $30,000 USD.

Every year Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) is sponsored by Intel and organized by ESL, the world’s largest esports company. It is the world’s longest running pro gaming circuit, this year making stops in Sydney, Shanghai, Oakland and then Katowice. Growing year on year, IEM 2017 was attended by 173,000 fans and reached more than 46 million unique online viewers.

“We are delighted to be returning to Europe for a second time with CROSSFIRE IEM Expo Invitational,” said Smilegate CROSSFIRE eSports director Brady Yeo in a statement. “ESL is one of the leading professionals in the esports industry and we want to continue this partnership to deliver more CROSSFIRE esports around the world.”

The three European representatives at IEM Expo Invitationals were “PENTA Sports”, “Flipsid3 Tactics” as well as “XQ Intense”. They challenged last year’s title holder and world champion “Super Valiant Gaming,” from China. The CROSSFIRE IEM Expo Invitational 2018 took place on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 during the second weekend of the IEM Expo.

In their first international match, XQ intenSe defeated FlipSid3 Tactics and showed a great performance.

PENTA Sports surprised the audience by beating Super Valiant Gaming in the winners bracket and advanced straight to the Grand Final match.

Super Valiant Gaming eventually made it into the Grand Final through the lower bracket, and once again became the CROSSFIRE IEM Expo Invitational 2018 champion by overcoming PENTA Sports by 2:1.


Breaks between all the exciting games were full of giveaways, contests testing fans’ knowledge about CROSSFIRE, challenges pitting them against professional team members or simply taking pictures with CROSSFIRE cosplayers.

After kicking off 2018 with CROSSFIRE IEM Expo Invitational, Smilegate will continue to develop and expand CROSSFIRE’s presence in the international esports scene throughout the year. More information will be announced through the official CROSSFIRE esports website.

To see more about CROSSFIRE at IEM Expo 2018 check the video done by our CROSSFIRE creator Mimiluna

and the gallery below. See you next year!






German version of CROSSFIRE is now available

Just slightly over a month after taking over the services for the European version of CROSSFIRE, the EU division has more good news for their community, especially the German part. From today on, the 30th of March, the German version of the game will be available. This is the first additional language besides English available in CROSSFIRE EUROPE. But this month’s update is bringing not only the German version of the game but also additional maps, modes and new VVIP Characters – Switcher. Three maps are especially worth mentioning: The first two are Morocco and Cairo, those are the maps that were very desired by the EU community and until now were only available in other versions. The Smilegate team is very happy that they fulfilled the promise given to their community. The third map is called Pelourinho and with the March update it has its “global” premiere. Morocco, Pelourinho are S&D maps, whereas Cairo is available in TDM.

CROSSFIRE has also been very active on the eSport scene. After the participation at the IEM Expo in Katowice Poland – where four great teams (including 3 big names from Europe: PENTA Sports, FlipSid3 Tactics and ESC Gaming) were participating in the CROSSFIRE Invitational, and the winning trophy went to last year’s world champions, the Chinese team Super Valiant Gaming – SG EU achieved two very important things: First of all on the 5th of March, so just after the IEM Expo, the company announced starting a cooperation with ESL and the beginning of CFS: Major European Championship.


The very first monthly finals will take place on the 12th of April. All players who would still like to take part in the CFS: MEC and participate in the upcoming qualifiers can register here. This is a great way for teams to qualify for the Grand Finals later this year.

But another, huge step forward is the presence of two European teams in the CFS: Pro League. Earlier mentioned PENTA Sports and FlipSid3 Tactics. It’s really important to stress that those two German teams are the very first European teams that were invited to the CF PL and they are currently training in China, getting ready for the Play offs of the CFS: MEC that will take place just prior to the finals at this year’s Gamescom.

Stay tuned for more information!