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ESL Returns To Australia With IEM Melbourne 2020

Posted 12th February 2020 By: Derpina    147 Views

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Esports News – ESL, the world’s largest esports production company, returns to Australia for another Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) event. This August, IEM Melbourne 2020 features the best CS:GO teams in the world fighting for the lion’s share of the $250,000 prize pool and the 3rd Intel Grand Slam title.

ESL Vice President Pro Gaming Michal “CARMAC” Blicharz led the announcement yesterday. CARMAC revealed that Australia has always been part of the plan because the three Intel Extreme Masters stops in Sydney from 2017 to 2019 were all successful:

“Australians have always generated atmospheres that could not be matched by anything else. Coming back for 2020 was a top priority, and the Melbourne Esports Open was a natural match. It will open Intel Extreme Masters to a broader audience and provide CS:GO fans a richer event experience.”

Tournament details

Although IEM Melbourne is ESL’s fourth tournament in Australia, this is the first time a major CS:GO tournament will set foot in Melbourne. And as a new part of the stops, IEM Melbourne will feature action-packed and never-before-seen CS:GO activities.

The official tournament culminates on August 22 to 23 at Rod Laver Arena, Olympic Blvd. A total of 16 CS:GO teams, 10 invited and 6 qualified, compete for the 6 spots in the playoffs before they proceed to the semis and grand final to settle the winner. The IEM Melbourne champion receives a $100,000 prize money and the highest points for Intel Grand Slam season 3.

Despite being a 2-day event, IEM Melbourne has lots of surprises in store. ESL has prepared other activities on top of the main tournament. While the actual IEM Melbourne is going on, ESL headlines the 2020 edition of the Melbourne Esports Open (MEO), Australia’s very own gaming and esports festival. MEO will showcase minor events and fan activities related to CS:GO, League of Legends, Overwatch, Pokemon, Starcraft II, and more.

Event schedule

Group Stage – TBA

Saturday – August 22nd

09:00 am – Precinct Opens
02:25 pm – Pre-show
03:00 pm – Semi Final #1 | Bo3
07:50 pm – Semi Final #2 | Bo3

Sunday – August 23rd

09:00 am – Precinct Opens
01:15pm – Showmatch | Bo1
02:25pm – Pre-show
03:00pm – CS:GO Grand final


Written by Derpina