Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM), the longest running global pro gaming circuit in the world, returned to Sydney on 3-5, May 2019. The professional gaming competition at Qudos Bank Arena saw sixteen of the world’s best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) teams play live for a lion’s share of the $US 250,000 prize pool.
US-based Team Liquid dominated the championship, but encountered stiff opposition before overcoming Sweden’s Fnatic in the Grand Final. The three-day attendance was 22,000 fans, who created an atmosphere like a major footy final.
IEM 2019 in Sydney was the 75th stop since the inception of the Intel Extreme Masters series in 2006.
As well as being able to view the world’s best CS:GO players live in an arena setting, attendees of IEM Sydney 2019 had the chance to meet their esports idols face-to-face at signing sessions, and participate in giveaways from partners and sponsors at the IEM Expo. The must-see showcase at all IEM events is the Intel Experience Area featuring the latest 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 and Intel® Core™ i9 processors. The immersive gaming and esports experience featured the latest PC and VR games, all powered by Intel’s leading gaming technology.