Australia's first Esports High Performance Centre has opened at the SCG, providing a new home for League of Legends Oceania champs the LG Dire Wolves and female development team Supa-Stellar. So what does high performance mean? Well, access to the the latest technology and sport science like eye tracking tech and performance analysis like the Russians used in Rocky IV. We assume.
"It will be a game changer to have Australia’s leading Esports professionals in a dedicated high performance centre in the same precinct as the best athletes and officials from the SCG and Allianz Stadium’s traditional sports,” Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust Chief Executive Jamie Barkley says.
In that the Esports outfits will be embedded alongside traditional sports partners including the Sydney Swans, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Roosters, Sydney FC, Cricket NSW, Rugby Australia, AFL NSW, NRL and the NSW Waratahs.
"Our venues are rapidly expanding their technology offerings and partnering with professional Esports entities and establishing the state of the art training centre presents an exciting opportunity," Jamie adds.
LG Dire Wolves owner David Harris notes that, "It's an important step towards closing the gap with some of the top regions and becoming globally competitive in the Esports space."
This is a definite step towards supporting and providing the tools for local Esports talent as they become part of the global stage of competition. Check back here next week as we bring you an interview with the LG Dire Wolves coach Curtis Morgan and LG, going behind the scenes of competitive League of Legends.