Intel® Extreme Masters selects Chicago as its new home for 2018, 2019 & 2020

Intel® Extreme Masters selects Chicago as its new home for 2018, 2019 & 2020

We’re excited to reveal the new home of the Intel® Extreme Masters. Starting in 2018 and continuing through to 2019 & 2020 IEM plants the flag in The Windy City of Chicago! As part of a three year deal, ESL and Intel® have partnered with the United Center and Wintrust Arena to make Chicago the new North American home of IEM, moving the event from Oakland to Chicago. To kick things off in 2018, IEM Chicago will be held at the Wintrust Arena before moving to the United Center, home of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, for 2019 and 2020.

As part of the yearly IEM competition together with Katowice, Sydney and Shanghai, IEM Chicago will feature the world’s best 16 teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) who are battling over a lion’s share of the $250,000 USD prize pool from November 10-11, 2018.

“We are very happy to have found a brand-new long-term home for Intel Extreme Masters in North America,” said Michal Blicharz, Vice President Pro Gaming at ESL. “Chicago, with its strong worldwide reputation and sports history is a perfect fit for what we are aiming to build with IEM in the years to come.”

Out of the 16 participating teams, 10 will be invited directly to the group stages of the event, which will kick off on November 6-9. The remaining 6 spots will be filled with the winners of qualifiers in Europe, Asia and the Americas. The top four teams who fought their way through the group stages will get the chance to show off their skills at the playoffs in front of a live audience.

Sign up the your regional open qualifier today!

North America Open Qualifiers
*Details of NA qualifier slot distribution subject to change​

European Open Qualifier
*Details of EU qualifier slot distribution subject to change​

South America Open Qualifiers

Asian Open Qualifiers

IEM Chicago 2018 will be also part of the Intel® Grand Slam, which will award a $1,000,000 USD bonus prize for the first team to win four of the last ten major CS:GO events organized by ESL and DreamHack.

To kick things off with a bang, we are already prepared to reveal the first eight (out of ten) direct invites to IEM Chicago.

Direct Invites

  • Astralis
  • FaZe Clan
  • Team Liquid
  • mousesports
  • MIBR
  • NRG Esports
  • Renegades
  • BIG

The remaining directly invited teams will be announced shortly.

We can also already reveal to you the magnificent ensemble of Hosts, Casters, Analysts and Interviewers that will be guiding your through IEM Chicago!

Your IEM Chicago Talent:

  • Stage Host: OJ Borg
  • Desk Host: Machine
  • Reporter: Stunna
  • Analyst: SPUNJ
  • Analyst: Pimp
  • Caster: HenryG
  • Caster: Sadokist
  • Caster: Moses
  • Caster: Anders

Ticket sales for IEM Chicago start on Friday, August 10 at 3pm CST and will be priced between $24 for Day Tickets to $139 for Weekend Premium Tickets. Further information on each of the available ticket types can be found here. To stay up to date on IEM Season 13, follow IEM on Twitter and Facebook and visit the official website.