We are thrilled to announce that Intel® Extreme Masters is returning to the land down under! Last year, IEM delivered Australia’s biggest esports event to the Qudos Bank Arena, where over 7,000 fans cheered and enjoyed top-notch CS:GO. This year, we are coming back on May 4-6, with 16 top teams from around the world competing for a US$250,000 prize pool, and an invaluable win counting towards the Intel Grand Slam.
“What happened at last year’s Intel Extreme Masters Sydney event completely blew us away,” said Michal Blicharz, VP Pro Gaming at ESL. “The Australian esports audience was extremely engaged in the event and became a part of the show. That type of atmosphere is very rare. They left us no choice but to come back and do it again.”
“Last year’s IEM Sydney event marked a watershed moment for the landscape of Australian esports, proving that this region has a huge appetite for the best esports content,” said Nick Vanzetti, Managing Director at ESL Australia. “Fans turned up in droves to experience the magic of the arena spectacle; the competition on stage was fierce and the crowd was electric. In Australia, the esports audience is growing exponentially year on year, and IEM Sydney 2018 hopes to raise the bar once again for fans and spectators the world over.”
“The most rewarding part of last year’s Intel Extreme Masters event in Sydney was seeing the way the fans interacted with the tournament and also with the games, community and technology at the Intel Experience Area. Intel is proud to continue building on IEM Sydney and we can’t wait to see what we’ll achieve together this year,” said John Bonini, Vice President/GM of the VR, Gaming and Esports Group at Intel Corporation.
This year, event attendees will have the chance to experience a wider range of side-events and other attractions at the Expo with the event expanding to three days. As well as being able to view the world’s best CS:GO players live in an arena, fans will have the chance to meet their esports idols face-to-face at signing sessions, and participate in giveaways from partners and sponsors. A must-see showcase at all IEM events is the Intel® Experience Area featuring the latest 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 and Intel® Core™ i9 processors. The immersive gaming and esports experience features the latest PC games, VR games, and Intel’s leading gaming technology.