Intel® Extreme Masters Rio 2022 Announcement

It’s happening! From October 31st to November 13th in 2022, the highly anticipated IEM Rio CS:GO Major Championship will finally take place in the heart of South America: Rio de Janeiro! 24 teams will compete for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be the winner of the first CS:GO Major in South America. 

The competition will be broken down into 3 stages, Challengers, Legends and Champions. The Champions stage of the competition will happen in the Jeunesse Arena from November 10th to 13th, where 8 teams will compete in a single elimination play-off bracket in front of the Brazilian crowd for a chance at the CS:GO Major title and a large share of the $1,000,000 prize pool. The winning team will furthermore add a win towards their Intel® Grand Slam run.


Tickets will be released on May 25th, 2022 at 2PM BRT / 7PM CEST. Check out the ticket section of the website now and get ready to snipe your tickets on release. 

Overview of ticket categories and pricing can be found here, starting at R$90 for 1-day Thursday/Friday tickets.

If you bought a ticket for the (formerly called ESL ONE RIO) 2020 event and decided to keep it instead of refunding it, your ticket is automatically still valid for the same days and categories of the tournament. Jeunesse Arena will be open to the public from November 10th to 13th.

In arena commentary

The in arena commentary for IEM Rio will be held in the local hosting country native language of Portuguese Brazilian. We will be looking to work with local talent whilst on site to ensure that fans in the arena are given the best possible experience when attending the event. This is also important to note for any non-native spectators that look to attend IEM Rio.

Champions stage schedule

Played in front of a roaring home crowd in Jeunesse Arena, the Champions Stage of IEM Rio will span across four days. For fans looking to plan their attendance, the schedule of each day can be found below.

Thursday, November 10th



Friday, November 11th



Saturday, November 12th



Sunday, November 13th

Grand Final

IEM Road to Rio

Qualification for IEM Rio will go through the traditional Regional Major Ranking series. IEM Road to Rio will take place from October 3rd to October 9th and span across three regions: Europe, America & Asia. More details on invites, qualification and detailed dates will be announced at a later date. IEM Road to Rio will be operated by ESL and follow a similar qualification method used at the RMR series, for the most recent Valve CS:GO Major.


We are excited to finally bring the first Valve CS:GO Major Championship to South America and Brazil with Intel® Extreme Masters Rio. We can’t wait to welcome fans in the Jeunesse Arena and write Counter-Strike history together!