The CSGO Esports arena enters 2022 like a bombshell. As you know, CSGO is one of the most competitive games globally, with millions of viewers and hundreds of thousands of active players. Thanks to this, there is a very developed Esport scene. We will take a look at what awaits the CSGO Esports arena, which hosts various tournaments with millions of dollars in prizes every year and this year. In short, 2022 seems to be a very active year for both Esport lovers, and those who love CSGO betting can prepare for an eventful year.
In December 2021, ESL confirmed that there will be two major LAN events in 2022. The first of these was IEM Dallas, which will be held in June, and the other, ESL Challengers Melbourne, which is expected to be held in September. These events are DreamHack festivals and are also part of the ESL Pro Tour circuit.
Now, let’s take a look at our detailed content about which tournaments will come to CSGO in 2022 and on which dates.
IEM XVII Dallas 2022
IEM Dallas is the first major tournament announced in North America in a long time due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And the last one is DreamHack Masters, which 2019 Team Liquid won. Likewise, the other major tournament, ESL Challengers Melbourne, will be the first major international tournament in Oceania since IEM Sydney. In addition, the Team Liquid team won the last time in 2019 at IEM Sydney.
This tournament is one of the biggest to come in 2022 so bookmakers will most likely have great promotions for Intel Extreme Masters XVII to boost your experience while watching these matches.
These announced tournaments will be completely similar in scale and similarity to previously held DreamHack Open tournaments. Now let’s take a look at the dates. ESL Challengers, the first tournament of 2022, will be played at the beginning of the year from February 11-13 in Anaheim, California. Then, IEM Dallas will be on the scene of fierce competition from May 31 to June 5. And ESL Challengers will be held in Melbourne from September 2-4.
In addition to these, there are some other tournaments to be organized. Two ESL Challengers events are expected to be held in 2022. These will be held in Valencia July 1-3 and Rotterdam October 14-19. Likewise, IEM will be held in Katowice in Cologne and China. Alongside these, another important tournament will be the ESL Pro League Season 16 and 17 Conference stages. Stages will occur in Jönköping, Sweden, as DreamHack Summer and DreamHack Winter.
CSGO Tournament Schedule
- Anaheim: On February 11 and 13, 2022, ESL Challengers will host the Anaheim tournament.
- IEM Dallas: IEM Dallas 2022 will take place on June 3 and 5. The $100,000 grand prize awaits the winning team.
- ESL PRO League S16: It will take place between the 18th and 21st of June. There is a huge prize pool of $835,000 in total.
- Valencia: The ESL Challengers tournament will be held between July 1-3.
- Melbourne: September 2-4 ESL Challengers 2022
- Rotterdam: October 14-16 – ESL Challengers 2022
- Hyderabad: October 29 – 31
- Atlanta: November 18-20
- ESL Pro League S17 Winter: It will be held from November 26-28. The total prize money is $835,000.
- Madrid: on the 9th and 11th of December.
What is Intel Extreme Masters?
Intel Extreme Masters, short for IEM, is the tournament series that has been held in Counter-Strike since 2007. While Counter-Strike version 1.6 was being held when it first came out, this changed in 2016, and tournaments started to be held for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
The most famous city where CS Tournaments are held has been Katowice in Poland. It has been hosting Intel Extreme Masters tournaments for a long time. IEM is known as the forerunner and pioneer of the Esports industry, which started with Valve.
In IEM and ESL tournaments, the rules are constantly changing. For example, only 12 teams could participate in the IEM XI World Championship. Likewise, only eight teams participated in IEM XIV Chicago. As for the prize pool, IEM Tournaments are also distributed up to a maximum of $500,000.
ESL stands for Electronic Sports League. Each year, they organize a series of tournaments, supported by Intel, a multinational hardware company. One of the biggest supporters of ESL is the US Navy and Air Force. In 2020, they announced that they were partnering with ESL, which we count as one of the most important organizers of the world. The US Air Force sponsored the IEM and Counter Strike’s ESL Pro League in Dallas. In addition to the financial support it implements, this military institution will also carry out activities where various events will be held where the US people can challenge the army in various games.
As you know, 2019 and 2020 were extremely unproductive for the Esports industry. Because most tournaments have been postponed or canceled due to the Covid-19 outbreak, this was extremely unfortunate for both Esport players and the audience. However, when we come to 2022, we will see the most competitive Esport games, especially CSGO, on the stage again, which means cutthroat competition. What are you thinking? If you want to share your thoughts on the subject with us, please feel free to comment.