Published on August 10th, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning

IEM Sydney Invited Teams Announced

Today ESL, part of the ESL FACEIT Group (EFG), is excited to announce the teams that are invited to compete at Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) Sydney 2023 as well as the squads invited to the Closed Qualifiers.

On October 16 – 22, IEM is set to return down under for the fourth time, with the final three days of the competition taking place live at the sold-out Aware Super Theatre at ICC Sydney in Sydney, Australia.
Happening in connection with SXSW Sydney 2023, IEM Sydney 2023 will see 16 of the world’s best Counter-Strike teams from around the world battle it out for a share of the US$250,000 prize pool (over AU$380,000), a spot in the first ESL Pro Tour Championship event in 2024, and a win in the race to securing Intel® Grand Slam V.
The eleven teams directly invited to IEM Sydney 2023 are:
Partner team: ENCE
Partner team: FaZe Clan
Partner team: G2 Esports
Partner team: MOUZ
Partner team: Natus Vincere
Partner team: Team Vitality
Local Hero Invite: GRAYHOUND.Rivalry
ESL World Ranking (WR) Global: Cloud9
ESL WR Global: Fnatic
ESL WR Global: GamerLegion
ESL WR Global: Monte
The remaining five slots will be decided via Closed Qualifiers taking place between August 22 – 25. The teams directly invited for these Closed Qualifiers are:
Ninjas in Pyjamas
OG Esports
North America
Rare Atom
These squads will be joined by the top teams from regional Open Qualifiers – four for Europe and two for the other regions – on August 9 – 10.

About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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