Intel Extreme Masters is returning to Sydney in October as part of SXSW

Posted on June 20, 2023

For those still itching for more gaming event goodness in 2023, ESL has revealed that Intel Extreme Masters is returning to Sydney for a fourth time, as part of SXSW Sydney 2023 on October 16-22.

The ESL Pro Tour Masters competition features 16 top-tier Counter-Strike teams competing for a $250,000 (USD) total prize pool and a win in the race to the Intel Grand Slam, helping them get one step closer to obtaining its $1,000,000 cash prize. IEM Sydney will take place in the Aware Super Theatre at ICC Sydney this year. The competition kicks off with the Group Stage on October 16-18. During those days, the competing squads will face off in two groups of eight.

Intel Extreme Masters

“Since our last IEM Sydney tournament in 2019, we’ve heard the growing chorus of Australian esports fans who have expressed their desire for a return of this iconic event,” commented Graeme Du Toit, Head of Sales & Marketing Australia at ESL FACEIT Group. “So, when we were presented with a special opportunity to host IEM in Sydney again this year, we leapt at it. We’ll be counting on our fans to once again show why they’re the best esports crowd in the world this October.”

SXSW badge holders with a Sydney Platinum or Games badge will be able to access all three days of Intel Extreme Masters Sydney 2023.

Tickets go on sale starting June 22, with more information about the ticket types and how to secure your particular ticket can be found here.