ESL, the world’s largest esports company, in collaboration with TEG Live, have announced that the 2020 edition of the Melbourne Esports Open™ (MEO) will be headlined by Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM), the longest-running global professional esports tournament circuit in the world, featuring a US$250 000 prize pool.
MEO 2020 in conjunction with IEM will be held at Melbourne & Olympic Parks across Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August, 2020.
IEM Melbourne 2020, which takes over Rod Laver Arena, will be the Australian Masters’ stop as part of the ESL Pro Tour, a global tour connecting all ESL & Dreamhack competitions, with an aggregated prize pool of over US$5 million. Participating teams also have the chance to win an additional US$1 million as part of the Intel® Grand Slam, the prize for the first team to win four or more of the previous ESL and DreamHack Masters-level events inside a span of 10 events.
The League of Legends Oceanic Pro League Finals and ESL Pro Tour: Warcraft III, will also be hosted at this year’s MEO. The Oceanic Pro League (OPL) Finals will headline an expanded Margaret Court Arena stage in 2020, following last year’s intense finals which saw dark horses Mammoth Esports claim the title. A new addition to MEO is an ESL Pro Tour Masters level Warcraft III: Reforged tournament, which will see international players compete in the classic esports title on a dedicated second stage within Margaret Court Arena.
Elsewhere across the 50,000m2 precinct, the JB Hi-Fi Game On Zone will return to Melbourne Arena, featuring the latest in AAA releases, VR experiences and esports activities. The Monster, the southern hemisphere’s largest inflatable obstacle course, will also make a return to Grand Slam Oval this year.
The Melbourne Esports Open is presented with the support of the Victorian Government via its tourism and major events agency Visit Victoria.
Tickets for MEO 2020 and IEM Melbourne 2020 are on sale at www.ticketek.com.au.