We are happy to announce that Intel® Extreme Masters is once again returning to Shanghai, China! Intel® Extreme Masters Shanghai at ChinaJoy will take place on August 1-6 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, and will feature a CS:GO tournament in which 8 teams from around the world will compete for a US$250,000 prize pool.
Intel® Extreme Masters Shanghai at ChinaJoy will host five invited teams and three teams that earned spots through qualifiers. The teams invited to the event are none other than:
- Gambit Esports
The three qualifying spots are available to teams from Asia, China, and ANZ to battle through a series of online qualifiers.
- Asia qualifier dates: June 16-20
- China qualifier dates: June 16-17, 21-23
- ANZ qualifier dates: June 23-27
The eight teams will participate in a double elimination group stage, followed by four teams fighting through a single elimination best-of-three matches on the main stage. The top two teams will then compete in a best-of-three grand final for a chance to take home the IEM championship trophy.
“Thousands of fans have attended esports tournaments throughout Asia, and we hope that after Sydney, the stop in Shanghai is another step towards building up CS:GO as a truly global esports title,” said Michal Blicharz, Vice President of Pro Gaming at ESL. “The passion behind the fans and players will make for an amazing esports experience that ESL looks to create, and we aim to make this event unforgettable.”
“Intel Extreme Masters Shanghai is always a thrilling event for attendees and continues to grow in viewership worldwide, making it a prime example of Intel’s gaming platform leadership in the region. We look forward to sharing Intel’s full gaming ecosystem of products, including the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors,” said Rui Wang, VP, Sales and Marketing, PRC Country Manager.
In addition to the tournament, fans can explore the 2018 China Digital Entertainment ChinaJoy Expo and Conference for the largest gaming and digital festival exhibition held in China and Asia.
This marks the fifth time IEM will be hosted in Shanghai, and the tenth time in China.