Intel® Extreme Masters, the longest running global pro gaming tour in the world, returned to Australia in May for a second edition. The elite gaming competition expanded to sixteen world-class Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams competing live in Sydney at the Qudos Bank Arena for a record prize pool of US$250,000 (A$310,000).
The line-up of top teams invited to compete at IEM Sydney was also fighting for another point towards the Intel® Grand Slam, which will reward US$1,000,000 to the first team that wins four of the last 10 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitions hosted by ESL and DreamHack.
FaZe Clan has picked up the US$100,000 in prizemoney for winning the second edition of the Intel Extreme Masters, beating Astralis 3-0 in the all-European teams Grand Final. In the words of ESL, the international promoter: “The tournament has been an outstanding one, both for the quality of the matches, but also the liveliness of the crowd, who in some moments stole the show.”