The Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) event is coming back to Austalia this year, but it’s not going to be in Sydney. ESL has revealed IEM Melbourne as this year’s Australian location. The event will be a part of the Melbourne Esports Open (MEO), set to be held at the Melbourne & Olympics Parks in the 15,000-seater Rod Laver Arena. The Rod Laver arena is known for being the venue that hosts the Australian Open.
This will be the first time an IEM event is held in Melbourne and the first time an Australian IEM hasn’t been held in Sydney. The $250,000 event will feature 16 teams from around the globe competing in the arena from August 22nd to 23rd. In addition, the event is part of the Intel Grand Slam and will give the winning team another notch towards the extra $1 million prize.
In addition, the event does fall into the window which Valve provided for tournament organizers hoping to host one of the events that could help decide which teams will be invited to the 2020 Fall Major. However, the guidelines given out by Valve state that it must include a minimum of 24 teams whereas IEM has listed the event as only hosting 16.
Fans wanting to attend IEM Melbourne will be happy to know that their tickets will grant them access to the entirety of the MEO. Those interested can grab tickets here.