Gfinity Australia Seeks The Next Challengers In CS:GO, Rocket League and Street Fighter V

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Australian esports business Gfinity Australia, in partnership with HT&E, today announced key details of the inaugural Gfinity Australia competition for its 2018 season, including one of the biggest prize pools in Australian esports history.

Also being revealed today are the game titles on offer in the Gfinity Australia Series. Players will be able to compete across Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League and Street Fighter V, as part of a uniquely structured competition designed to take Australian esports to the next level. The Gfinity Challenger and Elite Series will boast some of the biggest prize pools in the history of Australian esports, offering $450,000 in its first year.

Registration is now open for the inaugural Challenger Series, a competition for all gamers, with the season commencing January 7 and running for two months. Gfinity Australia is encouraging all interested players to participate, with $15,000 in prize money on the line each month – including during the separate pre-season competition, starting this week.

“The Challenger Series is designed as an integrated, grassroots support platform, which is frequently seen in traditional sports, and is key to the development of Australian esports,” said incoming Gfinity Australia CEO, Dominic Remond, whose appointment was announced last week.

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Following the conclusion of The Challenger Series in early 2018, the best amateur players from The Challenger Series will enter The Elite Draft, with the opportunity to be selected to join one of the city-based professional franchise teams and play alongside the pros in The Elite Series.

Gfinity Australia will run two Elite Seasons in 2018, comprising seven weeks of competition for each season. Each season is based on a league system, with six professional teams competing, each representing a major Australian city. The Elite Series matches will be played each weekend in front of a live audience, with a finals weekend for each game title, and an overall franchise winner based on combined team performance.

“Gfinity Australia provides a clear pathway from amateur to professional, to secure a place in Australia’s newest esports franchises, and be part of the biggest league to launch in Australia. It's exciting to see HT&E and Gfinity Australia introduce this competitive framework to boost esports in the Australian market, and bring a unique viewing experience to audiences, with substantial prize money at stake,” Dominic said.

The structure for The Challenger and Elite Series is based on the model used successfully by Gfinity in the UK, which saw 30 amateurs drafted into The Elite Series in season one, with the competition reaching more than 15 million people in its first year.

“Australia is the first territory of expansion for Gfinity, driven by this country’s passion for competitive sports and the growing popularity of esports. Gfinity Australia wants to build the ‘Big Bash League of esports’, and I’m looking forward to joining the team in 2018 as we move to establish the Gfinity Elite Series as a must-watch part of the Australian sport and entertainment calendar,” said Dominic.

The Challenger Series pre-season starts this week, with $15,000 in prize money on offer per month. Players can find out more at

Dominic Remond will commence in the role of Gfinity Australia CEO in February 2018.

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Gfinity Esports Australia And HOYTS Announce Multi-Million Dollar Partnership

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Gfinity Esports Australia and HOYTS today announced a major partnership, with long term plans to create a chain of esports arenas across Australia, all within current HOYTS cinema locations.

HOYTS Entertainment Quarter in Sydney’s Moore Park will host the first arena, launching in April this year. The dedicated esports arena will boast state of the art gaming equipment alongside a full broadcast and production suite, all designed to attract the growing number of professional events that will be coming to Australia. This will also be the standout destination for esports fans to enjoy top class action all year round.

Dominic Remond, incoming CEO Gfinity Esports Australia, said “We are delighted to announce our arena partnership with HOYTS, one of the world’s leading entertainment companies. The Esport Arenas will be a game changer for esports in Australia and will allow fans and players to enjoy the best gaming action within a high quality location. We are excited that our inaugural Gfinity Elite Series presented by Alienware, will be the first event to be staged at the new Arena, in front of a live audience, each weekend for seven weeks.

“We’re also fortunate to be able to leverage HOYTS’ national venue reach with the potential for esport fans to watch our tournaments on the big screen, in additional HOYTS cinema locations across the country. This will enable our fans and audiences to join in the excitement as we continue to position Gfinity Esports Australia as the leading esports tournament and broadcast provider in the country.” Remond said.

Damian Keogh, CEO of the HOYTS Group, said, “HOYTS Entertainment Quarter in Sydney’s Moore Park was a natural fit for the first dedicated Esports Arena, given its history as a sporting precinct. With proximity to the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium, we feel this is the perfect setting to offer esports fans the impact of a cinema styled viewing experience that will be unlike anything else in Australia.

“Our partnership with Gfinity Esports Australia will assist HOYTS to continue in our mission to innovate, create and challenge the normal cinema going experience. It’s all part of our Experience More brand promise,” said Keogh.

The Esports Arena will be unveiled for the commencement of the Australian Gfinity Elite Series presented by Alienware in early Q2 2018.

For more information about Gfinity Esports Australia or to register for the Challenger Series presented by Dell Gaming, visit 

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Gfinity Esports Australia Brings Classic Rivalry To eSports

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Gfinity Esports Australia today announced the first two clubs, The Sydney Chiefs and Melbourne Avant as part of The Gfinity Elite Series Australia, the newly created City based league, featuring CS:GO, Rocket League, and Street Fighter V, due to launch later this year.

Gfinity Esports Australia revealed a partnership with two of the biggest names in Australian esports, Chiefs Esports Club and Avant Gaming. These two major esports organisations now form two of six city-based clubs confirmed for the debut season. Teams in the Gfinity Elite Series, presented by Alienware will compete for a share in $450,000, a record prize pool for esports in the region.

“We’re proud to be among the first clubs to join the Gfinity Elite Series in Australia, and representing our fans and city of Sydney. Through the Gfinity Elite Series, our players can experience the privilege of donning a jersey for Sydney and representing this great city, as well as being a part of a famous sporting rivalry. We can’t wait to face off against Melbourne Avant.” added Sydney Chiefs owner Frank Li.

“We are thrilled to get the opportunity to represent the fans of Melbourne and join the Gfinity Elite Series. Clashes between Avant and the Chiefs bring a heightened passion, but this amazing rivalry just became more personal for the fans, Melbourne Vs Sydney, Avant Vs The Chiefs”, echoed Melbourne Avant CEO Wes Collier.

Dominic Remond, Gfinity Australia’s CEO was equally enthusiastic. “A weekend fixture where Sydney plays Melbourne is a part of our national sporting fabric, and we’re proud to welcome Australia’s two newest clubs to Gfinity Elite Series Australia, presented by Alienware”

“Following the growth and success of other sports across Australia, I believe a passionate Melbourne Vs Sydney derby, combined with a storied history between Chiefs and Avant will create Australia’s newest sporting rivalry”, added Dom.

The clubs will play every week, in front of a live audience, on leading PC gaming equipment from Alienware, a subsidiary of Dell.

“The support of these professional clubs will excite and inspire future generations of esports players. We’re proud to partner with Gfinity Australia to give ANZ players the opportunities to compete on the world stage”, added Ben Jackson, General Manager for Consumer and Small Business at Dell ANZ.

Positioned as the ‘Big Bash League’ of Australian esports, Gfinity Australia will bring together a total of six city-based clubs for the Elite Series, each competing from a televised arena in Sydney. Players will include Australia’s best professional talent, joined by the next generation of superstars rising from the Challenger Series, who will be drafted into each of the clubs.

For more information on Gfinity Australia, or the Challenger and Elite Series, head to 

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