ESL Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge 2020 will take place on LAN
ESL announced that the IEM Global Challenge 2020 will be held on LAN, for the first time since earlier this year after the Global Pandemic took off. The LAN will take place on December 15-20 in Cologne, Germany with a prize pool of $500,000 USD.
The top 8 performing teams from IEM New York 2020, IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 and DreamHack Open Fall 2020 are invited to travel to Cologne, Germany, to compete at an Intel Grand Slam awarding tournament and their share of $500,000 USD.
ESL plan on using a bubble system for the IEM Global Challenge
ESL plan on using a bubble system for the IEM Global Challenge. The teams attending will compete from a single location in Cologne and will share the same internet and local network. ESL is working with the local government, to have proper and correct local safety protocols in place to welcome teams and players back to in-person competition. Based on these regulations and per the teams’ needs and the CSPPA’s opinion, the studio and playing conditions will scale to match these requirements. ESL is still in the early planning stage and will continue to work towards making the IEM Global Challenge LAN event happen.
There is currently no information available on the venue, and ESL confirmed that fans and press would not be able to attend the event.
Format of IEM Global Challenge 2020
The IEM Global Challenge is set to bring the eight best teams competing in ESL events in the latter half of 2020 to a Final to determine the best ESL teams at the end of 2020. Teams will earn their qualification through the remaining ESL events on the calendar such as IEM New York, DH Open Fall, IEM Beijing, and more.
Teams that make it to the IEM Global Challenge will aim to work towards their share of the $500,00 prize pool. First place will earn $200,000, with second place taking $100,000. The third and fourth place organizations take home $50,000 each, while fifth and sixth earn $30,000 apiece. Teams that finish in seventh and eighth place make the remaining share of $20,000 each.