At the Melbourne Esports Open over the weekend the top Overwatch teams in Australia and New Zealand came together for the Overwatch Contenders Australia Season 2 finals. With Dark Sided, ORDER, Kanga Esports and the Sydney Drop Bears competing for their share of the $69,000 AUD prize pool.
The Melbourne Esports Open is no doubt set to showcase some amazing competition this weekend at Rod Laver Arena, with one of the highlights being the Overwatch Contenders Australia Season 2 finals set to kick-off tomorrow as ANZ teams Dark Sided, ORDER, Kanga Esports, and Season 1 winners Sydney Drop Bears.
Which comes as part of the developer's recent State of Development update that went into detail about the various versions of Fortnite out in the world and the steps that were being taken to improve performance and stuff like weapon balance. The most surprising part though came with the revelation that the studio had recently begun developing a new competitive system for the popular game.
The horrific incident took place at the Jacksonville Landing complex in Florida, where a competitive Madden 19 tournament was taking place. According to reports for the developing incident, the gunman opened fire while the event was live-streaming, resulting in the deaths of multiple people and leaving many more injured.
With TEG and ESL announcing Fortnite Stage in Margaret Court Arena, as part of one of the largest ever Esports events in Australia - the Melbourne Esports Open - which takes place over September 1-2. An additional “Fortnite Free-Play Field” is also coming that will offer attendees of all ages to hop in for some Fortnite, in addition to the fans versus content creators action on the main stage.
With QuakeCon scheduled to take place this weekend, alongside the gameplay reveal of the highly anticipated DOOM: Eternal, there’s also the matter of competitive Quake Champions. Where the greatest players from across the globe make their way to the convention for both team and solo competition. Including Australian Quake Champion Daniel "dandaking" De Sousa.
With the two cities being Atlanta, Georgia and Guangzhou, China - both set to join the competition for the 2019 season of the Overwatch League. Details relating to the names and team composition will be announced at a later date, alongside confirmation that other new Overwatch League teams will be joining the 2019 season.
Plantronics has quickly made a name for itself in the gaming headset space, where according to recent reports the company has taken a leadership position in the Australian market. As the rise of affordable and reliable gaming headsets has grown in recent years, this is no small feat. Although it helps when you have products like the wireless Plantronics RIG 800LX.
Capture the Flag, the classic multiplayer mode is finally making its way to Quake Champions. As per a new developer update on the game, Bethesda and id Software confirm that the mode is currently in development with plans to bring CTF to the Public Test Server soon with plans to shape and fine tune it alongside the community.
After making headlines when they became the first team to win group stage competition for the inaugural season of the Overwatch League, London Spitfire took to Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY over the weekend where they defeated the Philadelphia Fusion in the first Overwatch League Grand Final.
Starting right now and running through to Tuesday, July 31 on PC. With the Overwatch League Grand Final scheduled to kick off tomorrow this comes just in time for viewers to take a break between all the action by jumping straight into Overwatch. Timing-wise the free-to-play weekend also coincides with brand new hero Wrecking Ball who is now available to play on the live servers.
With the number six seeded Philadelphia sweeping top-seeded New York Excelsior 2-0 over the weekend at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles - securing its spot in the Grand Finals. Fifth seeded London Spitfire also cause a similar upset when it took out Los Angeles Valiant in a similar 2-0 sweep.
With the Six Major Paris set to become the biggest Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six esports event so far, as 16 teams from across the world make their way to Paris, France for the weekend of August 17 to 19. Australian team FNATIC is one of three teams from the APAC region set to compete for the prize pool of $350,000 USD. The group stage of the event is scheduled to take place earlier in the week.
Thursday, 19 July at 10am AEST to be exact, where the final four will do battle one last time in Blizzard Arena Los Angeles before the first ever grand final scheduled for July 28 and 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The last of the quarterfinal matches took place this weekend, so the full semi-finals roster is now set.
Where Rainbow Six Siege code of conduct has been updated with a new 'Automated Temporary Banning System' - which we're hoping that internally Ubisoft refer to it as the ATBS 5000. The system has been implemented to flag and temporarily ban players using offensive or abusive language.
Popular and fun multiplayer car-soccer game Rocket League has been added to the Xbox Game Pass library. A great addition to what is turning out to be a must have subscription for Xbox fans. Thanks to the seasonal nature of competitive play in Rocket League, and cross-play (but not with PS4), this addition makes a lot of sense when you factor in the included discount for all DLC content.
And the two are connected thanks to Aussie superstar Scott "Custa" Kennedy making both rosters. After making into the global top eight last year, Australia will once again be looking to compete at the Overwatch World Cup finals at BlizzCon later this year. The new look team only includes one returning player, with the rest made up of new and familiar faces.
In what is set to be one of the biggest esports events in Australia, TEG and ESL have both confirmed that the Melbourne Esports Open being held in September this year will feature the Overwatch Contenders Season 2 and the League of Legends Oceanic Pro League Finals. At Rod Laver Arena no less, which is a huge venue.