ESL announce next two IEM tournaments; December's event planned to take place on LAN in Cologne
November's $250,000 IEM: Beijing-Haidan will feature four regional divisions, while IEM: Global Challenge hopes to bring CS:GO back to LAN with a $500,000 tournament taking place in Cologne on December 15-20.
Under the condition that "the global situation does not dramatically deteriorate," the IEM: Global Challenge (which is not to be confused with the ESEA MDL competition) will bring the top-tier CS:GO scene back to a LAN setting for the first time since March, when the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a standstill shortly after the conclusion of IEM Katowice.
The $500,000 tournament will feature "the best eight teams" from North America and Europe and is planned to take place in a studio location in Cologne. It will also witness the return of the Intel Grand Slam's third season, which was put on hold in May amid the lack of LAN and cross-region tournaments.
Before the scene can return to LAN with 2020's final IEM stop, however, ESL will run another regional event called IEM: Beijing-Haidan on November 6-22 in four divisions: Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania.
A total of 32 teams will participate across the four regions for a combined $250,000 prizepool and points counting towards the current ESL Pro Tour ranking, which serves as a qualifier for 2021's first Masters Championship in Katowice.