Intel Extreme Masters Betting Tips & Live Streams

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About Intel Extreme Masters

Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Rio is an offline Brazilian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament hosted by ESL in association with Intel, Predator Gaming, 1xBet, DHL, Monster Energy, Coinbase, and the U.S Air Force. 

The S-Tier tournament has a prize pool of $250,000 and features 16 teams. It will be hosted at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro every year since its first edition in 2022. 

The inaugural edition of the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Rio took place in 2022. It was the eighteenth CS:GO Major Championship and the first in the region. The tournament took place between October 31 and November 13, 2022 with The Outsiders taking home the trophy. 

The inaugural edition was slated to take place in 2020 but could not go as scheduled due to Covid-19 complications. Valve and ESL postponed the Majors to November. However, in September, the Majors were canceled due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Brazil. In January 2021, Valve announced PGL Major Stockholm as the next Major instead of Rio. 

In August 2022, the Road to Rio was launched by ESL, making their intentions clear about the 2023 Majors. The tickets for the first-ever Majors in Brazil sold out in less than an hour.  

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Intel Extreme Masters Live Streaming - Where to Watch

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The live streaming for the IEM Rio will be available on their official Twitter, TWITCH, and YouTube channels. 

You can head to the official website of Intel Extreme Masters to find the schedule, latest developments, participating teams, and more. 

IEM Rio Format

Sixteen teams qualified for the 2023 Majors in Rio via ESL World Ranking as ESL Partner Team, based on invitation and the European Qualifiers, North American Qualifier, South American Qualifier, and Asian Qualifier. 

The qualifiers feature in the following format:

Playoffs: The playoffs have a double-elimination bracket. Each qualifier region featured eight teams. All the matches were Bo3. The top two teams from every region qualified for the Majors in Rio.

The IEM Rio has the following format:

  • Group Stage
  • Playoffs

Here's the outline of each format:

  • In the group stage, there are two double-elimination formats (GLS). Each group features eight teams. All the opening matches are Bo1, while the remaining games are Bo3. 
  • The top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs and group stage winners enter the semi-finals. The runners-up from the group stage advance to the quarterfinals as high seeds. The third-place team advances to the quarterfinals as low seeds. 
  • The playoffs feature a single-elimination bracket. The quarterfinals & semi-finals are Bo3, while the Grand Final is Bo5. 

IEM Rio Prize Pools

The Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Rio prize pool was set at $1,250,000 in the inaugural edition in 2022.

The prize pool for the second edition will be $250,000. Here's the distribution of the prize money among the 16 teams:

  • The team finishing first gets $100,000 and qualifies for the IEM Cologne 2023. 
  • The second-placed team wins $42,000
  • The third and fourth-placed teams win $20,000 each 
  • The fifth and sixth-placed teams win $10,000 each
  • The seventh and eighth-placed teams win $6,000 each
  • The ninth to 12th-placed teams win $5,000 each
  • The 13th to 16th-placed teams win $4,000 each 

Intel Extreme Masters Teams

The Russian team, Outsiders, defeated Heroic 2-0 in the Grand Final to win the inaugural edition of the Intel Extreme Masters Rio in 2022. Outsiders qualified for the IEM Katowice 2023 and BLAST Premier Final 2022. 

MOUZ and Furia Esports finished in the third and fourth spots, respectively. Cloud 9, Fnatic, Team Spirit, and Natus Vincere finished in fifth to eighth place, respectively. 

The second edition of the IEM Rio will feature the following teams:

  • FaZe Clan (ESL Partner Team)
  • Fnatic (ESL Partner Team)
  • MOUZ (ESL Partner Team)
  • Natus Vincere (ESL Partner Team)
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas (ESL Partner Team)
  • Team Vitality (ESL Partner Team)
  • Furia Esports (Invited)
  • Heroic (ESL World Ranking)
  • Vitus.pro (ESL World Ranking)