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.
The Overwatch Contenders Australia Season 2 Finals will be held on Saturday, September 1, with Riot Games inking a multi-year deal for the League of Legends Oceanic Pro League Finals to be held at the Melbourne Esports Open until 2022.
Overwatch Contenders Australia is the popular Team Shooter's path to pro tournament series for aspiring players in the ANZ region. 12 of the best teams from across the region will battle for their share of a $67,000 AUD Season 2 prize pool. With the new world-class venue in Rod Laver Arena, Head of Oceanic Esports for Riot Games, Daniel Ringland said the following.
“The OPL had a stadium Grand Final at Sydney's Luna Park in 2015 and Brisbane's Courier Mail Plaza in 2016. However, 2017 lacked a stadium Grand Final which was disappointing to our fans and didn't reflect the magnitude of the OPL Grand Final, which selects the team who will go on to participate in the largest esports event the world has ever seen – the League of Legends World Championship." Adding, "The Melbourne Esports Open solves for that in a sustainable, annual event and I'm thrilled to be able to deliver our fans a stadium event in Melbourne for the next five years."
The Melbourne Esports Open will also play host to open tournaments across a number of titles where amateurs can turn up, play and compete. These open tournaments will take place in Margaret Court Arena during the Melbourne Esports Open across September 1-2. Tickets to the Melbourne Esports Open are on sale at ticketek.com.au
starting from $19.90 for juniors and $29.90 for adults. Family day passes start from $79.70.