IEM Melbourne with $250,000 in August announced

ESL has announced its return to Australia with a $250,000 Intel Extreme Masters stop in Melbourne, which will culminate on August 22-23.

The final stages of the event will headline the 2020 edition of the Melbourne Esports Open, held at the Melbourne & Olympic Parks and its 15,000-seater Rod Laver Arena, home to the Australian Open.

IEM Melbourne will mark ESL's first venture into the Victorian capital and its fourth venture into Australia as a whole, where the tournament organizer has previously hosted three Intel Extreme Masters stops in Sydney from 2017-2019.

ESL returns Down Under for the fourth consecutive year

Details about the CS:GO tournament are scarce at the moment, but so far it's clear it will match the size of the previous two Sydney editions with $250,000 in prizemoney and 16 teams in total.

The tournament's timing complies with Valve's requirements for the two competitions which will help determine teams directly invited to the 2020 Fall Major. ESL's VP of Pro Gaming, Michal Blicharz, has stated that ESL will propose two events to Valve for this purpose, with neither being ESL One Cologne, which points to IEM Melbourne as one of the two.

Very nice location! Lets just hope they invite the current top 1 team BIG CLAN.
2020-02-11 00:05
Livid clan time
2020-02-11 00:05
big australian event yeet
2020-02-11 00:20
0/8 Hopefully they wont
2020-02-11 00:09
#33
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France RAINIZK
2020-02-11 00:23
The only thing they would want from big clan is a gobbie (typo but not really)
2020-02-11 00:33
#80
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Brazil Karlogaria
You're so childish
2020-02-11 02:27
#101
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Afghanistan Sam1G
Big has the dumbest fans
2020-02-11 04:24
Yes finally an event in Melbourne!!! Let’s gooooooo
2020-02-11 04:39
yes because no chance in quals
2020-02-11 06:53
+ 1
2020-02-11 07:17
+8/8
2020-02-11 08:52
#148
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Germany X5ander
My boyz has to be part of this event. BIG is upcoming No. 1 !
2020-02-11 10:23
ez
2020-02-11 00:04
Ez for my boy aliStair in his home town
2020-02-11 03:33
#3
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United States me_0_major
huge
2020-02-11 00:05
#119
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Latvia Stivelis
Issues with visas
2020-02-11 06:24
Not really, we’re pretty lenient with application, as long as it’s filled out properly.
2020-02-11 06:30
#159
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Latvia Stivelis
Idk why, but lately teams have problems with visa's when tournaments take place in australia.
2020-02-11 11:39
#174
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India X3pHyR
Is your username your first name?
2020-02-11 18:11
#193
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Latvia Stivelis
No
2020-02-12 17:00
visa applications aren't done instantly it often takes time, im sure you will probably find those who haven't attended due to visa's have filled and submitted them really late and should have done it earlier, getting Visa's to Aus from the EU is easier then getting one from the Eu to US, Aus have a visa agreement with the European Union that makes Visa's to Australia easier to acquire
2020-02-12 07:20
#4
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Romania Obuz8
nice
2020-02-11 00:05
nice
2020-02-11 00:05
Best location
2020-02-11 00:05
#8
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France Uexo
Hoping that it will be as good as Sydney !
2020-02-11 00:05
#9
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Australia |bruh|
looks like I'm flying to Melbourne
2020-02-11 00:06
#13
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Australia TeBo
same can u chuck us a lift?
2020-02-11 00:07
#17
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Australia |bruh|
bruh uber it
2020-02-11 00:08
If ur in Sydney the train is cheaper but takes longer.
2020-02-11 00:08
Brah trains like 10hr flying is 1 hour
2020-02-11 00:22
Cheaper and more comfortable than a plane, esp if ur a tall bloke like me
2020-02-11 01:01
sitting for such a long time gives me autism
2020-02-11 04:10
+1
2020-02-12 03:30
#58
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Australia g00sey
I was gonna fly to sydney for this... well now its only an hour drive - fuck yeeeeeaaahhhhhhhhh
2020-02-11 01:12
#75
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Australia CaZeR01
+1
2020-02-11 02:14
#90
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Australia opzy
I just moved from Geelong to brisbane fml, couldnt they have done this last year
2020-02-11 03:03
#192
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Australia g00sey
RIP I was gonna move to gladstone last year - glad I didn't and I live in Ballarat hahaha
2020-02-12 16:42
#94
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Australia vamped
7 hours from Adelaide. Still better than sydney
2020-02-11 03:35
#109
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Australia S0di
+1
2020-02-11 05:34
Not living in melbourne wtf mens
2020-02-11 05:35
#123
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Australia |bruh|
i was born here mens))) no reason to move state with my current shitty income
2020-02-11 06:48
true mens D:
2020-02-11 07:00
#10
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Spain JLenny47
Aussie crowd Pog
2020-02-11 00:06
#11
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Australia TeBo
100 Thieves vs Renegades final YTB!
2020-02-11 00:07
#117
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Australia Clariko
YTB! I'd love to see that even as a show match.
2020-02-11 06:16
+111
2020-02-11 08:58
#155
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Poland SneKuu
+1
2020-02-11 10:30
Won't be in showmatch since both teams will make it to finals
2020-02-11 14:09
#12
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United States TrashPanda
Australia deserves a major. Best crowd in esports.
2020-02-11 00:07
Fax
2020-02-11 00:33
#43
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United States TrashPanda
Dicks don’t want to give it to them due to the “time” fuck that, I’ll watch the shit at 3 am to see those Aussies go bat shit
2020-02-11 00:34
#59
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Australia g00sey
Hahahaha appreciated, we stay up stupid hours to watch everyone else play
2020-02-11 01:13
I like you
2020-02-11 01:58
+1
2020-02-12 06:20
+1111
2020-02-12 09:40
Yesir
2020-02-11 08:58
best crowd? more like most autistic and annoying
2020-02-11 02:38
#96
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Australia Reapz^
fav player is jame ur therefore ur opinion is wrong
2020-02-11 04:03
#97
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United States TrashPanda
+1111 hahaha
2020-02-11 04:06
so anything means anything now? AU IQ your fav team is 100T therefore your opinion is wrong.
2020-02-11 05:54
shut up 0 IQ jew
2020-02-11 09:16
mad
2020-02-12 08:18
Shut up jew
2020-02-11 14:10
+1
2020-02-12 09:41
dude the crowd in Sydney last year, was like the funniest crowd I've ever seen / heard the "war" between them and HenryG was fun the pizza boxes stack was fun loved how they went crazy when Greyhound got their 1st round when it was 15:0 how they cheered for nutri-grain screaming Henry's a wanker! or fuck you twitch chat fuck you so yeah, you're wrong buddy
2020-02-11 08:46
And don't forget the Shoey
2020-02-11 10:24
#107
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Australia Albatrauz
True,but it might lose its fun, quirky crowd element because the majors will be really serious
2020-02-11 05:32
fuck no, C*nt, we're gonna send it aye
2020-02-12 10:07
#14
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Poland gerald500
aussie !!!! go 100thieves xd
2020-02-11 00:07
TIme to book AirBnB
2020-02-11 00:08
#16
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Saudi Arabia Xpicyy
Best country mens)
2020-02-11 00:08
#49
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Estonia Hondas
Do you like burnt countries?
2020-02-11 00:45
#62
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Australia pinquii
Nah, we flooded now
2020-02-11 01:18
#76
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Australia CaZeR01
you think these outsiders can comprehend a country having both catastrophic fires and floods at the same time?
2020-02-11 02:15
nah mate, i don't think they will. but they will, soon enough. keep safe blokes.
2020-02-11 03:25
#19
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African Union mikecool
Poggies
2020-02-11 00:09
expected
2020-02-11 00:09
#22
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Netherlands itsm
Time to catch some kangaroos.. see u at lan
2020-02-11 00:09
#23
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United States sorcrcrc
poggerino
2020-02-11 00:11
#24
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Brazil user_namer
NICE!
2020-02-11 00:11
Poggers
2020-02-11 00:12
Can't wait :)
2020-02-11 00:17
#29
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Europe LoookATme
Easy for Djokovic
2020-02-11 00:21
Australia crowd top 3 crowd Pog
2020-02-11 00:22
Better than top 5 NA crowd
2020-02-11 14:11
+1 of course
2020-02-12 23:36
Woah it really happening in Melbourne someone mentioned it here on HLTV that it should be there and seems like they listen lets gooooooo
2020-02-11 00:23
#131
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Russia Hidd3N_
+1 I was also about to say that
2020-02-11 07:52
#34
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Australia Chereska
Nice! Can’t wait for it. Best crowd in esports.
2020-02-11 00:25
#35
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Poland sosiad
Great country
2020-02-11 00:26
no alcohol sold at the event apparently crowd will probably be 10x worse
2020-02-11 00:28
Pretty sure this is bait, but au government wouldn't surprise me. Are you sure?
2020-02-11 00:34
#60
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Australia g00sey
What is the point of going to a live event without alcohol???
2020-02-11 01:14
If an Aussie doesnt drink for 3 days they still will have enough alcohol in their system to be legally drunk
2020-02-11 06:34
+99999 LMAO
2020-02-11 10:25
#37
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Australia halyxd
how will i play tennis now?
2020-02-11 00:30
aussie! aussie! aussie!
2020-02-11 00:30
Man, the Qudos Bank Arena crowd was awesome! Let's hope Melbourne can raise that bar even higher!
2020-02-11 00:32
#167
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Australia lemons1
brother this arena is dope. it won't disappoint.
2020-02-11 14:46
Thats the thing, the Rod Laver Arena is huge, so Ihope it fills up! Then the sky will definitely fall down, you Aussies know how to cheer and party.
2020-02-11 15:03
So many cunts flew from WA for Sydney IEM past 3 years that I think they deserve it more, such gamers they are.
2020-02-11 00:41
They probably wanted to keep the event in Australia.
2020-02-11 02:06
Lol fair enough ;)
2020-02-11 03:00
#129
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Australia Chereska
It's basically part of Asia at this point with the amount of Asians here. It's cheaper to fly to Bali than it is to fly to Sydney rn.
2020-02-11 07:16
Not sure what that has to do with anything, I was making a joke that WA is yonks away.
2020-02-12 03:16
Nice
2020-02-11 00:43
nooooooooo i was just about to go this year ;((( Well looks like im flying to Melbourne
2020-02-11 00:44
Ye, sydney burned down :(
2020-02-11 00:45
F
2020-02-11 00:45
#61
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Australia Tails
sydney is flooded now :3
2020-02-11 01:15
the floods are on fire
2020-02-11 08:55
#128
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Australia csRIOTgo
Initially I thought I'll be flying to Syd. Guess I dont have to now!
2020-02-11 07:13
my friend's girlfriend is living in Melbourne and he's going to visit her at that time so I guess I'll just third wheel them it has to be done
2020-02-11 08:34
#50
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Australia Study
Finally
2020-02-11 00:48
pog
2020-02-11 01:04
#55
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Japan esy
Very nice location! Lets just hope they invite the current top 1 team BIG CLAN.
2020-02-11 01:04
one of the best crowds, and ofcourse cologne/swedish soil.
2020-02-11 01:05
nice London
2020-02-11 10:27
i tried my best sorry
2020-02-11 13:57
it's kay man, Your London just makes me smile XD
2020-02-11 14:50
i literally just woke up, and when i wake up and try to write smth on HLTV ppl always laugh :) <3
2020-02-11 14:52
#57
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Australia CaZeR01
FUCK YES!! Ive been hoping yheyd do this seeing as im only 3 hours away from melb and 8 hours from sydney
2020-02-11 01:06
fuck yeah i can go this year
2020-02-11 01:21
Beersnake incoming
2020-02-11 01:50
Melbourne is a great city. Let hope they will have a great event there.
2020-02-11 01:59
Sigh. Yay, lets destroy 97% of the worlds sleeping schedule POG.
2020-02-11 01:59
We have to destroy our sleeping schedule for every fucking event. Let us have 1 event in the whole year you ignorant cunt
2020-02-11 02:12
No. Because your audience is terrible as well. "AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OI OI OI" x40 repeat "Shoey Shoey" lol
2020-02-11 02:24
Lol remember dh malmo crowd? Silent as fuck when no swedish team was playing
2020-02-11 02:30
Better than "AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OI OI OI" for 2+ days each and every event lol. Where did i say "SWEDEN CROWD BESTEREST"? I didnt.
2020-02-11 02:33
Bro shut the fuck up, you don't have to watch it retard.
2020-02-11 06:00
#84
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Australia TeBo
yeah there was no aussies even playing in the arena & we were still an insane crowd. If 100 Thieves make playoffs this time the crowd will be even more crazy.
2020-02-11 02:33
>Insane crowd >Annoying crowd Pick one. Anyways, hopefully Melbourne crowd isnt annoying as Sydney, and at least there is a relevant tournament in Australia now, hopefully they invite good teams and not 7-8 known teams and 8 random teams.
2020-02-11 05:07
I pick insane crowd
2020-02-11 06:02
I just want you to know that all swedes arent this stupid
2020-02-11 08:46
lost all respect for my fav user :(
2020-02-11 06:08
Men(((
2020-02-11 10:55
sorry mens(( but aus crows best crowd
2020-02-11 12:01
#74
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Australia malalm
This argument is getting old, give us 1 event, we destroy our sleeping cycles for the rest, let us have our china and australia events
2020-02-11 02:13
2020-02-11 02:25
+1
2020-02-11 02:25
+1
2020-02-11 04:08
+1
2020-02-12 08:23
Who cars 😂
2020-02-11 04:53
Yess!!! Lets goo!!!!!
2020-02-11 02:02
#81
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Australia TeBo
Astralis will probs skip again 10 invites will probably be Mousesports, Liquid, Fnatic, Vitality, Evil Geniuses, FaZe, G2, 100 Thieves, NiP & Renegades. Then teams like BIG, Mad Lions, Cloud9, ORDER will probs go via qualifiers
2020-02-11 02:29
#146
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Australia csRIOTgo
Don't forget Gen.G
2020-02-11 09:48
The asian prodigy
2020-02-11 10:29
ENCE got this one
2020-02-11 02:43
+1
2020-02-11 10:42
INVITE OG
2020-02-11 02:48
Damn, Sydney > Melbourne. Comeback!
2020-02-11 02:52
#92
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Australia malalm
Both bad, come to brisbane
2020-02-11 03:31
#95
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Australia opzy
+1, especially since i just fucking moved from geelong to brisbane
2020-02-11 03:58
#178
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Australia malalm
What made you come up here my man
2020-02-12 05:11
#179
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Australia opzy
I was at boarding school in geelong and now im going to UQ, cuz I'm originally from byron
2020-02-12 06:08
#182
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Australia malalm
Oh hell yeah, my gf is from byron too
2020-02-12 06:22
damn i don't even know if i could come back
2020-02-11 04:09
Aussie crowd best crowd
2020-02-11 04:33
Correct my friend
2020-02-11 05:46
DIG HYPE
2020-02-11 04:42
defs going to this
2020-02-11 06:10
#118
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Indonesia Exodd
Good news for AU CS
2020-02-11 06:21
#124
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Hungary Glng
Australia deserves a major, they have the best crowd I'm already waiting for the misfits video
2020-02-11 06:51
europoors will cry about timezones
2020-02-11 08:14
nice
2020-02-11 08:21
#135
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Australia closet
the year im finally determined on going and its in fucking melbourne still gonna go but
2020-02-11 08:38
Finally Melbourne 😊
2020-02-11 09:01
Pog Pog Pog Might attend
2020-02-11 09:07
#147
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Australia Albatrauz
1 year I have the time to go to IeM Sydney, chooses Melbourne XD.
2020-02-11 10:12
#151
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Turkey Slapdash
250k sounds really low nowadays..
2020-02-11 10:25
SUMMER BREAK + CHEAP FLIGHT FROM BALI, I'M COMING BITJEZ
2020-02-11 10:30
cewl
2020-02-11 10:40
#161
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Poland Krzych0a
Very nice Austriaa <3
2020-02-11 12:24
#166
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World Beard43
Nice! I might have to ride to Melbourne in August!
2020-02-11 14:29
#168
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Sweden Akoulad
SHORT events in Australia needs to stop! Pros traveling what? 30 hours back and forth to get eliminated the first day, a couple hours in?
2020-02-11 14:47
we would love longer events but then all you get is 1000000000 comments saying "OMG MY SLEEP SCHEDULE DONT HOLD AN EVENT IN AU EVER AGAIN!!!!!"
2020-02-12 08:38
#194
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Sweden Akoulad
then theres a simple solution no more events in australia
2020-02-12 17:15
its one event a year, they should just make it a big one and invite good teams, if people complain about sleep schedules they should just think well this is what all the aussies have to put up with EVERY event...
2020-02-12 19:20
y'all better invite some top 5 teams (like BIG Clan)
2020-02-11 16:02
nice
2020-02-11 19:46
ez for the boys
2020-02-12 06:21
No nifty = Ez Mouz
2020-02-12 08:23
#GoBackToSydney
2020-02-12 15:05
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