Esports

IEM 2020 moves to Melbourne as part of Melbourne Esports Open

Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) 2020 will move from Sydney to Melbourne and function as the headline event of the Melbourne Esports Open, it was today announced by the ESL and TEG Live.

IEM 2020 will be held over 23-23 August 2020 at Rod Laver Arena, offering up a $250,000 USD prize pool to the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams from around the world. Competing teams also have the opportunity to win an additional $1 million USD as part of the Intel Grand Slam, the prize for the first team to win four out of ten ESL and DreamHack Masters-level events.

“Australian Counter-Strike fans are second to none, and when we had the opportunity to bring IEM to Melbourne, to headline the Melbourne Esports Open, it was a perfect fit,” said the ESL’s Michal ‘CARMAC’ Blicharz.

“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.”

In terms of ticketing, fans have the choice between an IEM Arena Single Day Ticket ($69 AUD), Weekend Ticket ($139 AUD), Weekend Premium Ticket ($229 AUD) or Global Elite
tickets ($999 AUD). All IEM tickets will offer ground pass access to the Melbourne Esports Open 2020 itself.

We’ll have more on IEM 2020 and the Melbourne Esports Open as news becomes available.

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