We are thrilled to announce that Intel® Extreme Masters will return to the Bay Arena this November for its third stop of Season 12, IEM Oakland. On November 18-19, the Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors, will be filled with thousands of roaring fans who will get to witness world-class CS:GO live in action. We will invite eight of the finest teams in CS:GO to compete at Oakland and headlining that list are two fierce European rivals: FaZe Clan and the winners of the IEM World Championship 2017, Astralis.
We’ll continue revealing our directly invited teams on the following days: June 23 at 12pm PDT and June 26 at 12pm PDT - be sure not to miss the announcements to see which top teams will be joining the European powerhouses!. Four additional teams will qualify through a series of online and offline qualifiers open for teams from Europe and North America.
IEM Oakland is becoming the Bay Area’s premier esports event” said Michal Blicharz, Vice President Pro Gaming at ESL. “It is the fourth time in a row that we bring the world’s best gamers to the West Coast and thousands of fans have made great memories here together with us.”
The twelve participating teams will be split into two groups and play matches in a round robin format. The quarter- and semifinals will be best of three while the grand final will be best of five.
You can find the starting and estimated ending times for both stadium days below:
November 18 - Day 1
November 19 - Day 2
The prize pool for the tournament will be US$300,000 (with US$1,000 per group stage win added on top) and will be distributed as follows:
IEM Oakland will be the fourth event that will count towards the Intel® Grand Slam (after ESL One Cologne, DreamHack Masters Malmö and ESL One New York), making it the first event at which the Grand Slam can be completed. The recently announced Grand Slam format will award a $1,000,000 prize to the first team that wins four of the last ten competitions in CS:GO in any of the major ESL and DreamHack event.
We cannot wait to once again take over the Oracle Arena and give the Bay Area another premier esports event to remember! There are a variety of tickets available with different components, ranging from Day Tickets for one of the main event days, to Global Elite Experience tickets that include a special seating area, catering, gift bags, exclusive backstage tours and more. Ticket sales will go live tomorrow, June 23, at 12pm PDT, so don’t miss out on the best seats in the house!
Previous attendees to any of the IEM event will have an exclusive opportunity to purchase IEM Oakland tickets in the pre-sale happening today, June 22!