IEM New York 2020 Details Revealed

Published: Aug 8, 2020 - Last Updated: Jan 10, 2022

The details of IEM New York 2020 have finally been released by ESL, and the news gives teams one final chance to secure a place at the CS:GO Major event later this year.

Teams from North America and CIS regions will be given one last chance to collect RMR status points to secure their place in November’s CS:GO Major, thanks to IEM New York 2020: Online.

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How Will The Tournament Work?

According to a press release put out by ESL, 12 teams from North America and CIS regions have been formaly invited to take part in the event, and there will be 4 slots from each region, within which teams will compete in a closed qualifier. The 4 teams have been invited on reflection of their current RMR (Regional Major Ranking) points, although as of yet the ESL hasn’t made an announcement regarding the Closed Qualifier.

IEM New York 2020 is also being called the “Final Frontier”, as teams from North America and CIS regions will be able to compete to qualify for the ESL Rio Major tournament too. This means that teams would need a firm upper hand in order to secure the vital RMR points.

As of the time of writing, ESL are offering a total of 5 slots, and just one for the North and South American regions respectively for the Major. Teams from the CIS region will also benefit from five additional berths that have been issued at the Major. According to the press release, the top five teams from the region will fit into the qualification pool in the following way:

Which Teams Have Been Invited And What Are They Playing For?

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the entire event will take place online, although that hasn’t stopped ESL from making the tournament attractive to players and teams; there’s a total prize pool of $250,000 on offer, and this will be split between three regions; $140,000 will be distributed to teams from the European Union, $60,000 will be allocated to teams from North America and $50,000 will be available to teams from the CIS region.

A total of 12 teams have been invited from North America and CIS regions, and these include:

North America CIS Regions
Evil Geniuses Spirit
Cloud9 Natus Vincere
MIBR Virtus.Pro
Triumph Nemiga
100 Thieves Hard Legion
Liquid Winstrike
Gen.G Gambit Youngsters
FURIA Espada
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The ESL has not yet announced any information about the teams who’ll be competing from Europe, although they have made it clear that teams across all three formats will be engaging in a double-elimination group.

About ESL

ESL is one of the world’s largest Esports organizations, and it’s also one of the oldest – with the company’s origins dating back to 2000. They’ve been a key player in shaping the entire Esports industry, and they work with some of the most popular video games on the planet, organizing various competitions and tournaments around the world that attract hundreds of thousands of players and fans.

The company tends to focus on high-profile events – including branded international leagues and tournaments – and this is done under the ESL Pro Tour, which includes ESL One, Intel Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League and a number of other large-scale tournaments. ESL are also known for introducing the ESL National Championships, along with grassroots amateur cups and their famed matchmaking systems, allowing players from all over the world to compete in the biggest events.

The company has offices all over the world, and the company is now part of MTG, one of the world’s biggest and most reputable international digital entertainment groups. You can learn more about ESL at

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