ESL has announced that the Intel Extreme Masters will have a stop in Sydney, Australia this year, with the ~$200,000 tournament set to take place in May.
IEM Sydney will kick off the 12th season of IEM and will be held on May 6-7 at the Qudos Bank Arena, which has the capacity of 18,000.
Along with the general information, two invited teams have been announced—the Brazilians of SK and Renegades, who will be back to Australia to play a premier tournament for the first time since the Crown Invitational in 2015.
According to an article from Fox Sports Australia, ESL is “expected” to send invites to four more international teams to attend the $260,000AUD tournament, while the remaining spots will be filled with local “hopefuls” although it was not specified if “local” meant the inclusion of the entirety of the Asia-Pacific region or just Oceania.
The following teams have been invited to IEM Sydney: