IEM Sydney, one of Australia’s biggest esports events for the year, opens to the public tomorrow, Friday May 3.
Thousands of fans from across Australia and around the world are expected to descend to the Qudos Bank Arena at the Sydney Olympic Park to pay witness to three days of intense, high-level esports action over two different games.
Kicking off on Friday afternoon will be the playoff stages of the IEM Sydney CS:GO. Over three days, six of the world’s best CS:GO teams will fight it out for a share of $250,000 USD and the right to call themselves the champions of IEM Sydney.
Saturday will see the start of play in the Overwatch Contenders Australia 2019 Season 1 Finals. Sydney Drop Bears, Order, Blank, and Melbourne Mavericks will face off for a share of $100,000 USD, as well as the right to represent Australia at the Pacific Showdown at the end of May in Shanghai, China.
Up first, three-time defending champions Sydney Drop Bears will face Melbourne Mavericks whilst Order goes toe-to-toe with Blank Esports. The winners will move on to face each other in a first-to-four series on Sunday, with the winner earning the title and the spot in China.
Sunday will see both sides of the esports festival come to life, with the Overwatch and CS:GO grand finals. With money and international fame on the line, every team will be fighting tooth and nail to be raising that trophy at Qudos Bank Arena come Sunday afternoon.
Tickets to IEM Sydney 2019 are still available on the official website or ticketek.com.au.
For those unable to make it to the event, all games will be streamed live, with the CS:GO play-offs live on Twitch, Youtube and Facebook, with information regarding this available on live.intelextrememasters.com, and the Overwatch Contenders finals being broadcast at https://www.twitch.tv/overwatchcontenders
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