As previously reported by our team here at VPesports, Intel Extreme Masters has found a new home in North America. Chicago has been selected to host the prestigious event through 2018, 2019, and 2020 thanks to a deal between the organizer and two venues in the windy city.
The United Center and the Wintrust arena will serve as the proving grounds for teams attending the events with the latter hosting the first event which is set to take place from November 10-11 and boast a $250,000 prize pool. The 2019 and 2020 events will move to the United Center.
#IEM selects Chicago as its new North American home for 2018, 2019 & 2020!
— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) August 9, 2018
The event will feature 10 invited teams, eight of which have already been announced, alongside six teams that survive the qualification stage.
Eight of the ten invited teams:
Open qualifier registration and dates can be found below.
- Asia (one slot)
Dates: August 20-22
- North America (two slots)
Dates: August 23-25
- Europe (two slots)
Dates: August 23-25
- South America (one slot)
Dates: August 29-31
The full broadcast team has been announced as well and features the Alex “MACHINE” Richardson once again holding down the desk as host alongside Chad “SPUNJ” Burchill and Jacob “Pimp” Winneche as analysts. OJ Borg will be getting the crowd hyped up before and after matches as stage host while Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett, Henry “HenryG” Greer, Jason “moses” O’Toole, and Anders Blume will bring the hype during the matches as the commentators of the event. Interviews will be brought to you by Tres “stunna” Saranthus as the events sideline reporter.
OJ Borg – Stage Host
Alex “MACHINE” Richardson – Desk Host
Tres “stunna” Saranthus – Reporter
Chad “SPUNJ” Burchill – Analyst
Jacob “Pimp” Winneche – Analyst
Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett – Commentator
Henry “HenryG” Greer – Commentator
Jason “moses” O’Toole – Commentator
Anders Blume – Commentator