CS:GO fans in Australia will be treated with the return of the Intel Extreme Masters Sydney 2019 on May 3-5, 2019.
IEM Sydney will be one among ‘a dozen’ of major LAN events planned by ESL for 2019 and it will also be the second Intel Grand Slam event for the said year – with the first being the IEM Katowice Major 2019 happening in March.
The sixteen team tournament will count as one of the Intel Grand Slam Season 1 events, a $1,000,000 USD prize for the first team to win four premier ESL and DreamHack LANs within a window of 10 consecutive events.
IEM Sydney 2018 runners up Astralis are holding three titles under their belt and are one win away from taking the Grand Slam after a successful run at the recent IEM Chicago 2018. Last year’s champions Faze Clan meanwhile have two eligible championships.
Developing CS in the region
ESL has been focusing its developments in the Australian region as stated by ESL Vice President of Pro Gaming Michał Blicharz.
“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.”
According to ESL, last years’ festivities at Sydney produced 7,500 daily LAN attendance as well as 13.5 million unique viewers online – which was the highest esports viewership ever in the country.
The strong numbers give great impressions to ESL Asia-Pacific Japan Senior Vice President Nick Vanzetti who happens to be an Australian.
“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.” He added.
ESL Sydney will add up to the continuing development of the professional CS:GO scene in the Asia-Pacific and Oceanic region. Aside from eight invited teams – which mostly will consist of the best CS:GO teams in Europe and North America, IEM Sydney will also give a chance for six teams coming from Asia and Oceania to be part of the region’s grandest CS:GO event.
Details on the qualifiers will be announced soon by ESL.