At $400,000, the prize pool is the highest in IEM's StarCraft II history. Last year's tournament had $250,000 up for grabs, 2016 was set at $150,000.
Base prize money now covers all players finishing in at least 60th place. Prize distribution in 2017 reached the top 44 players of the tournament.
While the format remains the same — Round Robin group stage format followed by a single elimination bracket stage, a format that was well received among spectators and players — prize money awarded for each map victory has also increased from $100 to $200.