ESL reveals IEM Brazil as a part of 2023 ESL Pro Tour

ESL announced that the Intel Extreme Masters Tour will return to Brazil with another thrilling event in 2023.  While... Shubh | 14. November 2022

ESL announced that the Intel Extreme Masters Tour will return to Brazil with another thrilling event in 2023. 

While FURIA and Outsiders were prepping for the ultimate clash at IEM Rio Major, the biggest esports tournament organizer in the world, ESL announced exciting news for Brazilian CS:GO fans. ESL announced that they would host another IEM tournament in Brazil in 2023. The competition, which is referred to as IEM Spring on the Intel Grand Slam season four schedule, will have a prize pool of $250,000. The organizer hasn’t revealed any further information about the event, including its dates or location. 


However, reports state that the event will take place in Rio de Janeiro from April 17–23, two weeks after the conclusion of the ESL Pro League Season 17, according to reports. The top 16 CS:GO teams will also compete at the IEM Brazil 2023 event for a $250,000 prize pool and a coveted trophy. The winner will also receive a coveted berth in either the IEM Katowice or the IEM Cologne. In addition, the event in Brazil will count as an Intel Grand Slam season event, making the event more crucial for top-ranked teams as well as the underdogs. 

Earlier last month, ESL revealed a jam-packed calendar of exciting events for 2023, including events at all levels of competitive CS:GO. Following to the cancellation of IEM China, which was supposed to take place in December of this year, the new season will begin with IEM Katowice and end with IEM Fall, both of which will feature a whopping $1,000,000 prize pool. IEM Katowice 2023 will run from January 31 to February 12 and IEM Fall 2023 will run from October 16 to 22.

IEM Rio Major – an event full of surprises

The news follows the IEM Rio Major tournament’s success, which saw exceptional fan enthusiasm as well as some heated controversy. A number of fans in the live audience shouted out vital information regarding the match, such as which site the attackers would attack, which led to controversy and forced ESL to intervene. 

Furthermore, Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, the star CS:GO player of Natus Vincere, claimed that someone in the audience spat on his teammate during their quarterfinal match against Brazillian team FURIA. A fan who attended the event at Jeunesse Arena claimed he was sitting close to the accused who spat on the player. The supporter added that ESL’s security personnel escorted them out of the area and the organizer also increased security close to the players’ entrance. Aside from the terrible incident, the IEM Rio CS:GO Major was a historic event, with some of the most exciting matches in the history of the game.

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