Sydney’s Getting Another Mammoth Esports Event

Sydney’s Getting Another Mammoth Esports Event
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Having taken over Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena last year, esports organisers ESL announced this morning that IEM Sydney will return this year.

Featuring some of the best CS:GO teams in the world and a bunch of Australians who like doing shoeys on camera, IEM Sydney will kick off from May 4.

This year’s spectacle has doubled in size, featuring 16 teams instead of 8 and a prize pool of just under $310,000 ($US250,000).

The press release didn’t announce local qualifiers for the event, although if last year’s event was any indication more news about those should be released within the coming weeks. The winner of IEM Sydney will also get a point towards the running Intel Grand Slam competition, whereby the first team to win four of the last ten CS:GO events run by either DreamHack or ESL will earn themselves $US1 million, separate to their prize winnings for each event.


  • Any other games being played besides CS: GO? Starcraft II at the very least is included in other IEM events like Katowice.

        • Riot handles LoL events locally; ESL has backed away from running those for the most part. And while SC2 events do still happen in Australia, they’re predominately online – the audience is too small to warrant a large scale event.

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