And to be clear "Ams", while short for amateurs", doesn't mean these players or the entry and skill level is low, rather, with established esports a thing now, there are going to be fringe players not in sponsored or owned teams who are as good, or even better, than the paid cats. Like most sports around the world.
Red Bull Flick
is a new platform giving players "wings" to combat the world's best players, as amateurs. Here's the full Sugar Free can delivery:
Red Bull Flick is a new 2v2 CS:GO tournament giving amateur players from around the world the opportunity to face the best pro players in custom maps.
Red Bull Flick introduces a unique game mode to CS:GO with Hold The Flag, where dynamic duos face off in a King-of-the-hill style match up. In the grassroots tournament setting, Red Bull offers the chance for amateur and pro players to level up with the aim to reach the live finals. To win each match, pairs will need to secure and defend the flag point for 45 seconds on maps especially designed for the new game mode. Hold the Flag comes with five new custom maps with unique settings and game mechanics to keep the competition varied; Castle, Garden, Speedway, Matrix and Himalaya are all available to play now on Steam.
- Red Bull Flick, a global format launched in 2019, brings a unique game mode and brand new maps to Australia for the very first time
- Registrations open today for Red Bull Flick Qualifiers which kick off November 16 - 19 and 23 - 26
- Influencers and Pro Players will showcase the new game mode and maps in an exhibition tournament ahead of the qualifiers on Tuesday, November 10
- The online Grand Final will be broadcast live on Red Bull Twitch, November 29
Registered players will frag it out in a series of eight online qualifiers supported by ESL Australia, across November 16-19 and 23-26, where they’ll score the opportunity to play alongside professionals and amateurs alike. The Grand Final will take place on November 29, and will be live streamed for viewers from Red Bull’s Twitch Channel. The Red Bull Flick Grand Final Winning Duo will score a custom built PC each, valued at $3,000AUD.
In the lead up to the qualifiers, Red Bull will be showcasing the exclusive game mode and brand new maps live on the official Red Bull Twitch channel. Renowned gaming personalities and CS:GO pros alike, including TV alumni and gamer Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen, gaming streamers Paladin Amber, Iamfallfromgrace, Tom ‘Apocdud’ Henry and AFL Legend Mitch Robinson, will face off under the Hold the Flag conditions.
Players and fans can tune in at Red Bull Channel Two on Tuesday, November 10 at 7pm AEDT to learn the best ways to tackle the new maps and pick up some fresh strategies from potential competition.
“The introduction of a brand new game mode to CS:GO is an exciting challenge for the community. With new rules, new objectives and importantly new maps, it creates an even playing field for amateurs and pros. Definitely looking forward to seeing new and familiar strategies brought to the game.” said Apocdud, one of Australia’s most prolific CS:GO players for Chiefs Esports Club.
“We’re excited to be working with Red Bull on presenting a new and innovative game mode to our Australian esports fans. Hold the Flag offers a whole new experience for CS:GO veterans and amateurs looking to level up their game and get involved.” Said Josh Inman, Operations Manager at ESL Australia.
Players who think they have what it takes can register with their Dynamic Duo partner from today at Red Bull Flick AU's destination page.
While esports is
established, it's still growing. And games being as dynamic as they are, it's always going to change and challenge the landscape, but consider this a "pro-am" like they do in sports like golf and skateboarding; a chance to find that needle in the haystack, given wings to fly in a burgeoning world.