Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) has announced that they will be coming back to Australia as they have done before but this time instead of Sydney they have decided to venture into unknown territory and are instead heading towards Melbourne with their CS:GO tournament which will take place in August and like before there will be a total of 16 teams that will be taking part in the tournament fighting for a prize pool of $250,000.
This will be IEM’s fourth time visiting Australia but it will be their first time inside Melbourne as all three of their previous tournaments have taken place in Sydney before this one. The reason for the move could possibly be due to fans complaining previously of the difficulties of finding accomodations inside Sydney as well as getting to IEM Sydney due to its location. In contrast, Melbourne will not have the same issues as Sydney and will be much more accommodating as it will take place in Melbourne Park which will be easier to find. There is also a huge local gaming fan base inside Melbourne which is excited for the move as well.
The headline act of Melbourne Esports Open (MEO) will be the IEM CS:GO tournament featuring the world’s best teams going head to head against each other. The tournament will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of August. The tickets for the event will go on sale starting February 14th and will feature different types of tickets, a single day ticket to IEM Melbourne will set you back $69, a weekend pass $139 and premium tickets up to $999. All of these tickets will include ground pass access to the MEO as well. Further details on the event are still unavailable at this moment but even without information MEO has been able to create a huge amount of buzz around it and as Josh Inman, ESL Australia operations manager has said “The pull to Melbourne was undeniable.” Showing that the change from Sydney to Melbourne was the best choice for ESL in the long term.