ESL has announced the Intel Extreme Masters in Sydney for 16-teams fighting for the $250,000 prize.
Mark it on your calendar! The return of IEM Sydney in Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney Olympic Park will take place on May 3-May 5, 2019, and will feature 16 teams that will battle it out to win the $250,000 prize.
Last year, there was over 7,000 energetic esports that attended IEM Sydney. With 13.5 million online viewers, it was recorded as the highest ever viewership of any Australia esports competition. Next years event will mark the 75th stop of the IEM Circuit since it started in 2006, and will be a truly remarkable celebration for ESL.
Eight teams will receive invites to IEM Sydney, and the remaining slots will be filled with online qualifier winners. North America and Europe have been granted one qualifying spot, while Oceania and Asia have three qualifying spots.
The tournament will begin with double-elimination group stage that will run from April 30 through May 2nd. The winners of each group stage will go to the semi-finals, while the second and third-placed sides will compete in the first round of the playoffs. The tournament will end with the best-of-five grand final.
ESL has continued to produce unparalleled esports events throughout the world. Let us see what ESL has to say about the event:
Michal Blicharz, VP of Pro Gaming at ESL:
“What we have managed to build in just two years with ESL Australia and the ANZ gaming community is absolutely incredible. IEM Sydney is quickly becoming a staple esports event not just in Australia but globally, and it’s something we’re incredibly proud of.”
Nick Vanzetti, Senior Vice President of ESL Asia-Pacific Japan:
“For us to be able to announce our third consecutive stadium-scale esports event in Australia with IEM Sydney 2019 is something we never dreamt of happening 10 years ago. It’s a true testament to the strength of esports in our country, and we’ll be working hard to ensure it’s another unforgettable experience for every person who attends.”
Santosh Viswanathan, managing director, sales and marketing group, Asia Pacific and Japan, Intel:
“As the global technology leader for esports and gaming, we are excited to be back in Sydney to showcase the latest gaming technologies from the desktop to the cloud. We look forward to delivering the world-class gaming experience which CS: GO fans in Australia and the region have come to expect from Intel Extreme Masters Sydney.”
Tickets for IEM Sydney 2019 will go on sale Friday, November 16. They can be found on ticketek.com.au. The prices range from $39, $59 for the premium ticket, and go up to $1249 for Global Elite to access all three days, and exclusive bonuses.
During IEM Sydney 2018, FaZe Clan defeated Astralis to become the reigning IEM Sydney champions after defeating Astralis 3-0 in the final.
— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) November 12, 2018