More Days, More Fans, More CS:GO! The Intel® Extreme Masters Major Championship shows the true colors of passion

With the release of more tickets and several upgrades for fans visiting the event in Brazil, IEM Rio 2022 is to be one of the greatest esports events ever, being able to welcome over 100,000 fans across 12 days

Cologne/New York As the qualified teams are getting ready for IEM Road to Rio (the RMR series), ESL, part of ESL FACEIT Group, is thrilled to reveal its expansion plans for the Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) Rio Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Major Championship. Meeting the incredible enthusiasm of fans worldwide, the plans consist of several components leveling up IEM Rio 2022 to an unprecedented scale and ensuring it to be one of the greatest esports events so far.

Over the past months, we’ve been positively overwhelmed by the insane enthusiasm of fans in Brazil and beyond, and we’re thrilled to show the full potential of what esports can do and be,” said Shaun Clark, Director, Product Management at ESL FACEIT Group. “To bolster the IEM Rio CS:GO Major to this scale is an amazing and unique opportunity, and we can’t wait to show all this passion and ambition together with the fans, our partners, and the teams from all around the globe.

For Intel® Brazil’s Marketing Director, Carlos Buarque, “We are very honored to make this dream come true for Brazilian gamers. The arrival of an IEM CS:GO Major in the country is a historic milestone that means a lot to the third largest CS:GO player base in the world. Our team is very excited to be even closer to the esport and CS:GO fans, and we want to make this event go down in history as an expansion of the competitive scene for the gamer universe in Brazil and beyond.

The IEM Fan Fest ft. Gaules

Right next to the Jeunesse Arena, a true fan festival will be organized on November 10-13. This IEM Fan Fest is bringing the CS:GO Major experience out in the open and will be a place to be for fans as the famous Brazilian streamer Alexandre “Gaules” Borba will be the host on all days, providing fans with his characteristic live commentary and more. 

Viewing the matches; participating in the several brand partner activations; acquiring their favorite team’s merch at the ESL Shop; cheering on their idols as they arrive at the Jeunesse Arena; and joining the Meet & Greets and signing sessions are only a few of the experiences that await the many fans from Rio de Janeiro and beyond.

More Fans at the Jeunesse Arena

During the Champions Stage in the Jeunesse Arena more seats will be available, ensuring that more fans have the opportunity to enjoy the competition live. By adjusting the layout inside the arena and adding a center stage to an ESL CS:GO event for the very first time, this creates a live viewing experience unlike any other.

From Four to Twelve Days with a Crowd

Moreover, the first two stages of the IEM Rio Major – the Challengers Stage and Legends Stage – will be played out in front of a live audience as well. The competition was initially only set to take place as a live event in the Jeunesse Arena on November 10-13. With the expansion, fans now also have the opportunity to cheer on their favorites among all 24 participating teams on October 31-November 8. The live Challengers Stage and Legends Stage will be played out at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and ensure live audiences have the chance to experience the full event on all twelve days.

The sale of the tickets granting access to the Challengers Stage and Legends Stage at the Riocentro on October 31-November 8, and the additional tickets for the Champions Stage at the Jeunesse Arena on November 10-13, starts on September 14 at 15:00 BRT/20:00 CEST. Prices range between R$69 and R$449. The tickets to the IEM Fan Fest ft. Gaules on November 10-13 will be available on September 15 at 15:00 BRT/20:00 CEST, with prices ranging between R$29 and R$99. Head to the official website for more details about what each ticket type entails and how to secure your particular ticket.

Fans who kept their 2020 ticket or purchased their ticket earlier this year can use that ticket for the same day(s) and categories of the tournament as stated when the respective ticket was purchased. Tickets purchased for the Jeunesse arena will also grant access to the IEM Fan Fest. For fans coming from the Jeunesse Arena, there may be an additional wait time on entrance dependent on capacity.

The 24 teams that will be competing in the IEM Rio Major will qualify through the separate IEM Road to Rio event taking place on October 4-9. For more information about the IEM Rio CS:GO Major, and the latest updates, visit the official website and follow ESL CS on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


About ESL

ESL creates a world where everybody can be somebody. For more than two decades, we have been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation globally across the most popular video games, creating a comprehensive ecosystem with opportunities for players to go from zero to hero and for fans to witness the best stories esports has to offer. The ESL portfolio consists of high-profile products such as the ESL Pro Tour, Intel® Extreme Masters, the Snapdragon Pro Series, and many more, ranging from grassroots to global elite competitions. ESL is part of ESL FACEIT Group, the leading competitive games and esports company.

About Intel® Extreme Masters 

Intel® Extreme Masters is the longest-running global professional esports tournament circuit in the world. Started in 2006 by Intel and ESL, the competition has now traveled to over 30 cities around the globe and conducted tournaments for 11 different competitive gaming titles. Esports fans from more than 180 countries regularly make IEM events record-breakers in terms of stadium attendance and viewership, with the tournament’s inaugural event in Australia in May 2017 marking the fifth continent for the global competitive circuit. Throughout more than 75 IEM events, over US $11 million in prize money has been awarded to some of the world’s top esports talent (


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