The last competitive Intel Extreme Masters Counter-Strike event in Taipei was the Intel Extreme Masters Asian Championship back in 2010. However, from the 29th of January to the 2nd of February 2016, the Taipei Game Show will play host to Intel Extreme Masters Taipei - and with it an official Valve regional minor CS:GO championship.
In addition to a US$50,000 prize pool and the championship title, up for grabs in the Intel Extreme Masters Taipei CS:GO competition is a free slot in the offline qualifier for the MLG Columbus CS:GO Major for each of the two top teams. Flights and hotels for the qualified teams will also be covered.
The full Intel Extreme Masters Taipei CS:GO qualifier slot distribution and schedule is as follows:
- One slot in the East Asian qualifier (Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Mongolia) - January 16th and 17th
- One slot in the Oceania qualifier (Australia and New Zealand) - January 11th, 14th and 16th
- One slot in the Chinese qualifier (China) - January 12th to 17th
- One slot in the Indian and Western Asian qualifier (India, the Middle East and everything west of the easternmost border of China excluding CIS countries) - January 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th
- One slot in the South East Asian qualifier (all countries in this region) - January 9th and 10th
- One slot in the Taiwanese qualifier (Taiwan) - January 23rd and 24th
Additionally, the teams who have been invited to participate in the tournament are as follows:
- Renegades (Oceania)
- CyberZen (China)
For all the latest information about Intel Extreme Masters Taipei, be sure to keep an eye on the official website and follow IEM on Facebook and Twitter.