The longest running global pro gaming tour in the world is coming to Australia for the first time this May.

The Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) is an elite gaming competition that will see world-class Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams compete live in Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on May 6 and 7 for a record prize pool of AU$260,000.

The line-up of top CS:GO teams invited to compete at IEM Sydney is headed by SK Gaming, the best team of 2016 and winners of two US$1m CS:GO Majors, including the ESL One Cologne Major in August.

SK Gaming was also runner-up at the ESL Pro League Finals in Sao Paulo in November, and at the Intel Extreme Masters Oakland in November.

Local heroes Renegades, who are widely considered to be Australia and New Zealand’s most successful team, will return to the region to compete in front of a home crowd.

"Having been to five different continents is a badge of honour for our historic competition," said ESL VP of pro gaming Michal Blicharz.

"Australia has been an attractive market for us as part of our global expansion of the Intel Extreme Masters brand. We look forward to bringing Intel Extreme Masters to new global audiences and making history for esports in Australia."

The addition of Australia as part of the circuit comes in what is IEM’s 12th season, with Sydney being the first stop on the global tour.

Those who attend Intel Extreme Masters Sydney will be able to watch the games live, go to player signing sessions, and check out Intel’s suite of gaming and VR-ready products.

Telstra is offering its customers an exclusive pre-sale from 9am AEDT Thursday March 9 to 8pm AEDT Sunday March 12, 2017.

ESL CS:GO Fan Club members will also receive pre-sale access during this time.

The general public will have the opportunity to purchase tickets from Ticketek from 10am AEDT Monday March 13, 2017.