In the world of competitive gaming, Melbourne (and Australia) are basically guppies. We don't have a big population, or tonnes of money, and our eSports scene is a little behind the curve.
But maybe all that's about to change.
We're so psyched for this one. Honestly, it's like we've been living in a land without fire, then someone throw's a two day BBQ convention. It's gonna be the Woodstock of gaming.
So how is this going to go down? Well Melbourne eSports will be running across two days this weekend—Saturday and Sunday—and it's taking over the entire Rod Laver Arena complex. There's dozens of games on the cards, but the headline titles are going to be League of Legends, Overwatch and Fortnite (bit gutted Dota II didn't make the cut, but you can't have everything).
Here's just a taste of what's in store.
There's going to be a dedicated Fortnite Stage in Margaret Court Arena with pro games and challenger matches (where you can play against popular streamers and online Fortnite personalities). There'll also be a Fortnite Free-Play Field with 20 consoles synched up for constant gameplay across the weekend. They're even chucking a Fortnite dance contest (better get your flossing nailed beforehand).
League of Legends
League fans, you're getting the Oceanic Pro League Grand Final at Rod Laver Arena. This one's happening on Sunday 2 September, and it'll feature the two best teams in Australia right now: Dire Wolves and Chiefs.
The organisers haven't forgotten Overwatch, don't worry. They're holding the Overwatch Contenders Australia Season 2 finals on Saturday 1 September. We're talking the top four teams from Australia and New Zealand competing for $67,000 in prizes. And it'll all be streamed live on the big screens.
The line-up keeps going. There's going to be competitive FPS play at the Counter-Strike:Global Offensive ANZ CSGO Qualifier 2018 (also in Margaret Court Arena). And don't forget top players in Tekken, Super Smash Bros and Street Fighter, among others. You can check out the full line-up here.
We know Sunday is Father's Day and all, but maybe you can squeeze Dad in for a quick brunch or something. Tell him there's never been anything like this in Australia before. He'll get the drift.
Where: Rod Laver Arena Complex
When: Saturday 1 September & Sunday 2 September, 9am onwards
For more info, click here.
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