The IEM Chicago Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament will take place Nov. 10-11 at Wintrust Arena, the first of a three-year deal, the organizers announced Thursday.

The move comes after deciding to move away from hosting its annual November CS:GO tournament in Oakland as took place in 2016 and 2017. The tournament will feature 16 teams and have a $250,000 prize pool, which is the same as IEM Sydney and Shanghai, but $50,000 less than IEM Oakland.


Eight invited teams were invited to the event: FaZe Clan, Astralis, BIG, Mousesports, Team Liquid, Renegades, Made in Brazil and NRG. There will be two more teams invited at a later date along with two European, two North American, one Asian, and one South American qualifier spot. 

Home to the DePaul basketball team, the Wintrust Arena opened late last year and has a capacity of a little more than 10,000, about the size of the Agganis Arena, ​where the ELEAGUE Major: Boston was played. Tickets for IEM Chicago go on sale Friday.


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