IEM Melbourne announced
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IEM Melbourne has been announced as the Australian ESL event venue rather than Sydney, according to IEM's announcement via Twitter.
🇦🇺AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! We're heading Down Under again - this August 22-23, @IEM is coming to @Melbourne!— Intel® Extreme Masters (@IEM) February 10, 2020
✅Best Aussie crowd
✅$250k USD Prizepool
✅Part of Australia's biggest esports festival, #MEO2020
🎟️Tickets on sale Feb 14th, 10am AEDThttps://t.co/njPhVVrzDb pic.twitter.com/rRt3Y6ZMXv
Intel Extreme Masters makes a return to Australia for the fifth time. This will be ESL's first time to host an Intel Extreme Masters event at the Victorian capital. IEM Melbourne will be at the Melbourne & Olympic Parks inside the Rod Laver Arena. IEM Melbourne will also be taking place alongside the Melbourne Esports Open.
IEM Melbourne will feature 16 teams competing over a prize pool of $250,000. Outside of those details, we do not know much about the teams that will be competing nor the style of the competition. It's safe to assume that one of the talents at the event will be none other than Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill as he is featured in the announcement video and a big, Australian name in CS:GO.
IEM Melbourne will also be the first event that helps determine direct invites to the 2020 Fall Major. Michal Blicharz, VP of Pro Gaming at ESL, stated that ESL would have two events for this purpose, though we are not sure what the second event will be. IEM Melbourne is set to take place on August 22-23.