Where the League of Legends OPL Finals
held on Saturday saw Mammoth
take the win over favourites Chiefs
in a surprising and exciting 3-0 sweep. This victory will see Mammoth make the trek to Berlin, Germany for the 2019 League of Legends World Championship
. Sunday saw the thrilling conclusion to the Overwatch Contenders Australia 2019 Season 2 Finals
, where ORDER
kept up the dominance with a sweeping 4-0 victory over Mindfreak G
In other notable competition FNATIC took the Rainbow 6 ‘Six Masters’ title, in a more competitive and intense 2-1 victory. Spread over two days of competition, open events, exhibition, and activities the Melbourne Esports Open proved to be a huge success for all involved - drawing in a crowd of over 17,000 people. A huge esports celebration that took over Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Arena and the Grand Slam Oval.
A welcome blend of live competition and engagement, with public tournaments across titles like Fortnite and Rocket League - and more. And the good news is that fans can already begin marking their 2020 calendars as the event is set to make a return next year.
Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said the following, "Melbourne Park has come to life over the weekend, with thousands of digital gaming fans converging for the live esports action. Digital game development is a growing opportunity for our creative sector, and we're proud to support this fast-growing industry that is bringing so many enthusiasts together.”
TEG Live Managing Director Tim McGregor added, “TEG Live is extremely proud to be the leading promoter of esports in Australia and delivering world-class events such as the Melbourne Esports Open in partnership with ESL. Esports is not just the future but it’s the now, with not only record crowds attending this weekend’s event but huge numbers streaming the games across the world. With the support of the Victoria Government and presenting partner JB Hi-Fi, we look forward to an even bigger Melbourne Esports Open in 2020.”
Endorsement from the government paints a positive picture for both local esports and the gaming community.