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.
#IEM selects Chicago as its new North American home for 2018, 2019 & 2020!— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) August 9, 2018
Later this year in November, 16 of the best CS:GO teams battle it out for $250,000!https://t.co/N94LZ4ZHT8 pic.twitter.com/pag6Ek3W4m
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
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.
The first eight (out of ten) direct invites for #IEM Chicago are already in!@FaZeClan@astralisgg@BIGCLANgg@mousesports @TeamLiquid @Renegades @mibr @NRGgg— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) August 9, 2018
Welcome to the Windy City! pic.twitter.com/nZzXyC4S40
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,
Photo courtesy of IEM