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The best Gran Turismo players in the world are coming to Sydney

January 24, 2020

The best Gran Turismo players in the world are coming to Sydney in February. The FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships will pull into the Big Top at Sydney’s Luna Park on February 15-16. It’s rare to see the worlds of motorsport and video games collide like this, but here we are. The event will be […]

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A first-of-its-kind video game entertainment venue is coming to Melbourne

September 4, 2019

Have you been looking for a new place to play? Fortress Melbourne is a 2700sq.m spanning three entire floors of Emporium Melbourne dedicated to gaming of every kind. From esports to tabletop RPG’s, Fortress Melbourne has been purpose built to cater to gaming fans of any stripe. Seriously, take a look at the feature list […]

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Aussie teams to battle for a place at IEM Sydney

April 11, 2019

You wouldn’t think it’d be hard work for Australian teams to make an appearance at a global esports event held on their home turf, but you’d be surprised. The Sydney group stage of the Intel Extreme Masters Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition lands at Qudos Bank Arena next month, bringing with it some of the most […]

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Ninjas in Pyjamas and Team Liquid confirmed for IEM Sydney 2019

March 14, 2019

Intel Extreme Masters Sydney 2019 is a mere two months away. Boasting a $250,000 prize pool, IEM Sydney is Australia’s premiere esports tournament, attracting some of the biggest names in competitive gaming from here at home and around the world. To date, a total of five teams have been invited to compete in this year’s […]

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Melbourne’s CouchWarriors Crossup is a Dragon Ball FighterZ World Cup global qualifier and you shouldn’t miss it

December 14, 2018

With Super Smash Bros Ultimate scratching that fighting game itch pretty well at the moment, you might be on the hunt for some fresh challengers. Good news — this weekend’s CouchWarriors Crossup is not only debuting its brand new Smash Ultimate competition, it’s also a significant stop on the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Cup qualifier […]

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Using eSports science to improve the competitive gaming: An interview with Matthew Pluss

December 11, 2018

Australia has been absolutely spoiled with the eSports scene as of late. With people like Scott Kennedy (Custa) representing us on the world stage at the Overwatch League, for the LA Valiant, with the recently sponsored JB Hi-Fi Melbourne eSports open happening, and the even more recent Quake eSports event at PAX Melbourne, not to […]

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Gfinity Elite series “more successful than initially hoped”, pushes halfway into Season 2

November 24, 2018

If you’re into the eSports scene in Australia, you’ve probably heard of the Gfinity Elite Series, hosted by Alienware. If not, here’s a quick rundown – it’s a competitive series running games of Rocket League, CS:GO and Street Fight V, to seek out and identify potential pro players that could use some sponsorship and be brought […]

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The world’s eSports industry is growing at a massive rate, and Hong Kong is ready to catch up

November 1, 2018

If you haven’t noticed by now, the eSports industry is on an exciting growth trajectory that won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Less and less people on the outside looking in are seeing eSports as a niche interest or trend, but a legitimate, lucrative and very, very entertaining sport that could easily eclipse traditional sports […]

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Gfinity Elite Season 2 kicks off November 3

October 16, 2018

One of the biggest competitions in Australian esports returns in early November. Gfinity Elite Season 2 returns to Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park from November 3 and will see teams from almost every major Australian city competing across of esports biggest titles. The Season 2 competition will comprise of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Street Fighter […]

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Melbourne Esports Open proves Australian hunger for competition applicable to any medium

September 3, 2018

Anyone who tells you esports aren’t real sports hasn’t met an Australian. We can turn anything into a sport. We’re the country that turned waiting in line at PAX into a sport (you’re welcome, other PAXes). If there’s competition afoot, as a nation, we want in on it. Held across two of Australian tennis’ most […]

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Tech Review: BenQ ZOWIE XL2546 Esports Monitor is a strong contender in a crowded market

August 30, 2018

The BenQ Zowie range of esports monitors has become something of a quiet achiever in the world of PC gaming. They represent a viable alternative to bigger, sometimes much more well-known brands and place a higher premium on user consideration than any of them. The Zowie XL2546’s full name, the “BenQ Zowie XL2546 240Hz DyAc […]

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eSports fever hits Hong Kong as three-day EMF begins

August 25, 2018

While Asia is certainly not lacking when it comes to regular events for eSports fans, Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) are throwing their sizable hat in the ring this weekend with the return of the now annual ICBC (Asia) e-Sports & Music Festival (EMF). Kicking off last night with a fluffy of dramatic bass drops […]

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Four Aussies are playing for a spot in the FIFA eWorld Cup Playoffs tonight

May 11, 2018

Esports fans: Gfinity Esports Australia are hosting the FIFA 18 Global Series Qualifier tonight and you’re not gonna want to miss it. Four Aussie players are in the mix, all fighting to preserve their spot on the road the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup.

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Microsoft Store’s Esports Academy is a crash course in the trials and tribulations of going pro in Aus

April 13, 2018

The Microsoft Store in Sydney’s Pitt St Mall will be hosting a brand new course these school holidays centred entirely around teaching students about what it takes to succeed in the rapidly emerging world of competitive esports.

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Want to join the Overwatch League? Overwatch Contenders begins in Aus and NZ in March

February 19, 2018

Australian and New Zealand players who think they’ve got what it takes to play in the Overwatch League can put their skills to the test when the Overwatch Contenders league touches down locally next month.

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The Overwatch League is making a few changes to its broadcast schedule for Stage 2

February 15, 2018

With Stage 2 of the Overwatch League’s inaugural season set to begin next week, Blizzard have announced a few changes to their broadcast lineup stemming from viewer feedback across Stage 1. This means a few timeslots are going to change. What does that mean for you, ANZ viewer?

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Overwatch League signs its first female player

February 14, 2018

With Stage 1 of the Overwatch League now complete, and with trades and player buys now in full swing ahead of Stage 2’s launch next week, we’re starting to see squads announce the newest additions to their lineups. The Shanghai Dragons are leading the Stage 2 charge with the signing of the OWL’s first female […]

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Gfinity Esports and Hoyts are building a chain of esports arenas here in Aus

February 4, 2018

Have you been watching the Overwatch League, marvelling at the production values and wondering if we’d ever get esports arenas on that scale here in Australia? Wonder no more. Gfinity Esports Australia and Hoyts are doing it right now.

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Intel Extreme Masters returns to Qudos Bank Arena Sydney in May

January 31, 2018

One of the biggest and  best-received esports events ever hosted in Australia, the Intel Extreme Masters, is heading back to Sydney for three days in May, bringing more explosive top-tier Counter-Strike play.

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Call of Duty World League National Circuit open to Australia and New Zealand

January 15, 2018

Competitive Call of Duty teams from both Australia and New Zealand now have the chance to sign up to the Call of Duty World League National Circuit to test their skills and teamwork on a national scale, in order to prove who’s the best down under.

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The Overwatch League is only a week old and there’s already a problem emerging

January 14, 2018

If there’s a problem with Blizzard Entertainment’s big esports gamble, Overwatch League, (beyond its rather obvious lack of female players and presenters) it’s that the divide in the skill level between its best teams and its less talented ones is pretty stark.

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The Overwatch League kicks off at 11am. Here’s where you can see every Week One match live

January 10, 2018

The day has finally arrived. One of 2018’s biggest esports events, the Overwatch League, kicks off at 11am AEDT today. With nine matches scheduled across Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we’ve got all the times and stream details so you don’t miss a moment of the action.

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Two Australian teams are playing in the Smite and Paladins World Championships tomorrow

January 4, 2018

Major gaming convention HRX is kicking off tomorrow in Atlanta, Georgia, a celebration of Hi-Rez Studios’ popular multiplayer titles Smite and Paladins. The show will be of significant interest to Australian esports fans with two local teams, Kanga Esports and Scylla Esports, looking to make waves in the Smite and Paladins World Championships respectively.

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For Honor tournament ends in disarray as winning player exploits his way to victory

August 15, 2017

Ubisoft’s sword-and-board team fighter For Honor finds itself in a bit of a pickle at the moment. Over the weekend, Ubisoft ran a huge tournament for the game with a prize pool of US$10,000. The winner of this tournament, however, didn’t go about claiming his victories in the way Ubisoft had hoped. Rather, he used a […]

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BAM9 kicks off tonight in Melbourne! Here’s where you can see every fight

May 12, 2017

Fighting game tournament Battle Arena Melbourne 9 kicks off tonight at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, bringing with it the latest stop on the 2017 Capcom Pro Tour. Fans of fighting games like Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros and those wanting a look at the final console version of Tekken 7 ahead of release need only […]

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Video Games Interview: Blizzard’s Kent-Erik Hagman on the past, present and future of Heroes of the Storm

August 10, 2016

It’s been just over twelve months since Blizzard released Heroes of the Storm, an accessible take on the MOBA genre that features characters from the developer’s legendary back catalogue. In that time, the game has seen multiple updates, new heroes, in-game events and huge e-sporting competitions come and go. How has that been for someone […]

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WATCH LIVE: Magic Pro Tour kicks off in Sydney today

August 4, 2016

Magic: The Gathering fans will descend on Sydney today for the official Magic Pro Tour event. Running from today, Friday 5 August to late on Sunday 7 August, the event will bring together the very best Magic players in the country to compete for a place in the World Championships.

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E3 2016: EA unveils brand new esports initiative at EA Play

June 12, 2016

Electronic Arts have revealed a huge push towards the esports market with plans for major tournaments and big money prize pools, plus publisher support for community- and user-staged events.

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Hoyts to hold more League of Legends cinema viewing parties for the Oceania Pro League finals

March 23, 2016

Theatre chain Hoyts have become the exclusive cinema sponsor and partner of the League of Legends Oceanic Pro League. They have also become the official viewing party partner for many other LoL events in Australia and New Zealand. What does this mean? Wanna watch the LoL OPL finals on the big screen with a room full of […]

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Rapper Lupe Fiasco just defeated the world’s best Street Fighter player and no-one’s quite sure how it happened

February 17, 2016

Street Fighter V has only been out a day and there’s already been an upset in the competitive scene. Rapper Lupe Fiasco has defeated current Ultra Street Fighter IV world champ Daigo Umehara 3-2 at Street Fighter V‘s San Francisco launch event and it seems no-one is more surprised by this than Fiasco himself.

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