ESL has shifted its event in North America from Oakland to Chicago. This year, they will host the IEM Chicago 2018. The event features a prize pool of $250,000. This comes to post a new deal signed between ESL and two Chicago venues, namely the United Center and the Wintrust Arena. IEM Chicago 2018 will take place at the Winrtust Arena, a newly opened 10000 seater venue. There will be ten invites for the tournament, with eight invites already handed out so far.
The first eight of ten invitees can be found below: