Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM), the longest-running global pro gaming circuit, kicks off Season 12 Down Under making its debut in Sydney, Australia, on May 6-7. IEM Sydney marks the first time that Intel and tournament producer ESL – the world’s largest esports company – have brought the competition to the continent.
The Season 11 finale at the 2017 World Championship in Katowice, Poland, broke records to become the biggest esports event in history, with 173,000 attendees and 46 million fans tuning in to the event broadcast. Moving into Season 12, players, viewers and live audience attendees can expect more world-class action and more innovative ways to experience the competition.
Watch it: Viewers can tune in to the livestream beginning at 3 p.m. AEST May 6 (10 p.m. PDT May 5). The live action features “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” competitions with top teams from around the world. More team and tournament details can be found at intelextrememasters.com.
Experience in VR: Watch on the Sliver.tv app, providing a 360-degree virtual esports stadium experience.
IEM Expo: In addition to the esports competition, IEM Sydney will feature three interactive free play zones where attendees can get hands-on with the latest Intel technology. This includes a virtual reality showcase that will host competitive VR gaming tournaments featuring “Project Cars” and “The Unspoken” – in addition to other interactive VR games and demos. Attendees will also experience Intel’s suite of gaming products, including the biggest games of the year running on devices powered by 7th Generation Intel® Core™ processors. Also on display will be X99 and IEM-certified PCs, as well as computers equipped with Intel® Optane™ technology and Thunderbolt™. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and greet competitive “CS:GO” teams from around the world.
About IEM: Intel Extreme Masters is produced by ESL, the world’s largest esports company and a part of international digital entertainment group MTG, and powered by Intel-based technologies designed specifically for gaming performance. With 11 years of epic events and thrilling finals, Intel Extreme Masters has been an important part of the esports community since its origin. Each season, the IEM circuit of tournaments travels the globe, and only the best teams qualify to participate. Esports fans from more than 180 countries regularly make Intel Extreme Masters events record-breakers in terms of attendance and viewership. ESL’s online broadcast of the Intel Extreme Masters reaches over 48 million viewers on Twitch each season. www.intelextrememasters.com