Everything you need to know ahead of Intel® Extreme Masters Dallas 2023

ESL returns to North America with Intel® Extreme Masters Dallas 2023, of which the final three days will be hosted live at DreamHack Dallas.
16 top CS:GO teams from around the world will face off on May 29 – June 4 to battle it out for a $250,000 prize pool, a win in the race to securing Intel® Grand Slam V, and a spot in the IEM Cologne 2023 Group Stage.
Reigning IEM Dallas Champions Cloud9 return to fight for the crown.
The competition will be streamed live from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas on ESL Counter-Strike’s Twitch and YouTube channels and via dedicated broadcast partners.

Thursday, May 25, 2023, Cologne/New York/Dallas  Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) returns to North America once again on May 29 – June 4, 2023! With the final three days of the competition being hosted at DreamHack Dallas, fans are invited to enter the arena of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to cheer on the top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) teams from across the globe. 

Here is all you need to know about IEM Dallas 2023

IEM Dallas 2023 will see 16 top CS:GO teams compete for a total prize pool of $250,000, a win in the race to securing Intel® Grand Slam V, and a spot in the Group Stage of the IEM Cologne competition later this year. Commencing May 29, contenders from around the globe will compete in Dallas, Texas, USA, with the six best squads facing off live in front of their fans at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on June 2 – 4. 

Schedule and Format

Group Stage (May 29 – 31): 

  • Two double-elimination format groups with eight teams each. The opening matches are best-of-one and all following matches are best-of-three.

Playoffs (June 2 – 4):

  • The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs with a single-elimination bracket and best-of-three matches:
    • The Group Stage winners advance to the Semifinals
    • The Group Stage runner-ups advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
    • The Group Stage third-place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds

Teams attending:

Complexity GamingENCEFURIA 
G2 EsportsHeroicTeam Liquid 
Evil GeniusesFaZe ClanMOUZ
FnaticOG EsportsAstralis
Cloud9Nouns Esports9z Team

Commentators and Analysts

  • Hosts:
    • TBA
  • Sideline Reporter
    • TBA
  • Commentators / Analysts
    • TBA

Prize Money:

3rd-4th $20,000
5th-6th $10,000
7th – 8th$6,000
9th – 12th$5,000

All Star Hour

Apart from the action of the official matches, IEM Dallas 2023 will feature a showmatch during which fan favorites will face off against each other. The All Star Hour will have a best-of-one format and takes place at 11 AM CDT. Fans visiting the event on-site can look forward to cheering on the teams live at the arena, while those tuning in during the broadcast from around the globe can expect an exciting transmission. Stay tuned as additional details will be revealed over the next couple of days.

The DreamHack Dallas Experience

For the second time in the history of Intel® Extreme Masters, the event will be hosted at the three-day, immersive gaming-lifestyle festival DreamHack, allowing visitors of the IEM competition to enjoy DreamHack Dallas and vice versa. 

DreamHack Dallas offers everything gaming under one roof, including:

  • Cosplay Championship
  • Fighting Game Tournaments
  • Tabletop Gaming
  • Indie Games
  • Live Music concerts
  • The famous Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) LAN party 
  • Esports competitions, including the ESL Impact Dallas Finals
  • And much more

Combined with the heated-up IEM competition, fans can expect an unforgettable experience.

Where to Watch

Fans tuning in online and watching the matches from around the globe can look forward to an exciting broadcast filled with extra content. The CS:GO competition can be watched on ESL’s Counter-Strike Twitch and YouTube channels and will be broadcast via dedicated broadcast partners.

Assets for IEM Dallas 2023 can be found in the press kit which is available here.

For more information about IEM Dallas 2023, and the latest updates, please visit the official website, and follow ESL Counter-Strike on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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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 esports and video game entertainment 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 (www.intelextrememasters.com).

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