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 www.challenger.gfinityesports.com.au

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

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Gfinity Elite Series Australia Adds Melbourne ORDER, Kickstarting Esports Derby in Australia's Sporting Capital

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Gfinity Esports Australia today announced the newest franchise club joining the Gfinity Elite Series Australia presented by Alienware - Melbourne ORDER. Matching up against previously announced teams Melbourne AVANT and Sydney Chiefs, Melbourne ORDER will debut in a live arena esports series, kicking off June 2 from the Gfinity Australia Arena in Moore Park, Sydney - a first for Australian esports.

“Australia has a long history of traditional sporting rivalries, and we’re excited to welcome a second Melbourne team bringing our own flavour of derby to the Gfinity Elite Series Australia. Melbourne Order tackling Melbourne Avant are fixtures of the future - every big city needs healthy competition,” said Dominic Remond, Gfinity Esports Australia’s CEO.

Melbourne Order are the second Melbourne team to join the Gfinity Elite Series, and look to offer fans an alternative to Melbourne AVANT. With a Melbourne derby in their sights, their goal is to walk away with more than just a win against their local rivals.“We’re excited to further cement our presence as part of the Melbourne esports community by becoming a representative of Melbourne in the Gfinity Elite Series Australia. It’s a great opportunity to represent our fans locally with some of the biggest names in Australia, and we look forward to the competition” added Jake Tiberi from Melbourne Order.

Dominic Remond, Gfinity Esports Australia’s CEO, highlighted the importance of adding the team to the Elite Series roster.

“It’s a key goal for us that the future of Australian esports is represented through the Gfinity Australia Elite Series. The grassroots community has driven the local industry to where it is today, and we want to support and foster that growth through our city based league.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Melbourne Order to the Gfinity Elite Series Australia. Having teams of this calibre, playing alongside up and coming esports players, will ensure the continued growth and competitive level of our local leagues. Through our partnership with Gfinity Esports Australia, we’re proud to be providing a platform to give our top players the experience they’ll need to take on the best international teams down the line,” said Ben Jackson, Dell ANZ General Manager for Consumer and Small Business.

Positioned as the ‘Big Bash League’ of Australian esports, Gfinity Esports Australia will bring together a total of six city-based clubs for the Elite Series, each competing in front of fans and broadcast live at the state of the art Gfinity Hoyts Esports 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 Esports Australia, or the Challenger and Elite Series, head to www.challenger.gfinityesports.com.auwww.challenger.gfinityesports.com.au 

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Gfinity Elite Series Australia Debuts With 500k+ Views

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The inaugural Gfinity Elite Series Australia, presented by Alienware, broadcast live on Twitch.tv/GfinityAU this past weekend, attracted more than 500,000 views on Twitch alone, and almost 2 million minutes of broadcast watched!

All six city-based teams took part over the weekend, including Sydney Roar, Sydney Chiefs, Melbourne Avant, Melbourne Order, Perth Ground Zero and Brisbane Deceptors. In a packed arena, fans experienced the launch of Australia's first national esports league in person, with 240 seats being filled. They were joined by a peak viewership of almost 5,000 online during CS:GO broadcasts on Saturday.

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Counter-Strike Starts With A Bang, First Female Player Takes Stage

First match of the weekend featured the Brisbane Deceptors facing Melbourne Order in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Playing for Brisbane, CS:GO player Konii became the first female player to compete in the Gfinity Elite Series Australia, as the Deceptors performed valiantly, defending against a stunning comeback by Melbourne Order.

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Street Fighter V "Pops Off" During Gfinity Australia Stage Debut

As a relatively new challenger to the team based esports series, Street Fighter V proved very popular with the in arena crowd and Twitch audience. Amidst colourful characters, Melbourne Order's ROF pulled off a surprise come back, and celebrated in style. Check out more Street Fighter V action on broadcasts from 4pm Sundays on www.Twitch.tv/GfinityAUwww.Twitch.tv/GfinityAU 

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Broadcast Schedule for Gfinity Elite Series Australia

The inaugural Gfinity Elite Series Australia continues this coming weekend, broadcast live from the Hoyts Gfrinity Esports Australia Arena, and streamed live on www.Twitch.tv/GfinityAUwww.Twitch.tv/GfinityAU . Wekend broadcasts of league play continue until July 7 and 8 when the play offs begin.

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Gfinity Elite Series Australia's First Ever Grand Finals Set For This Weekend

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The inaugural grand finals the Gfinity Elite Series Australia, presented by Alienware, is being held this coming weekend, where the winners will be determined for Australia’s first national city-based esports league. After five weeks of regular season with record viewership on Twitch and One, four clubs remain in the hunt for a grand final victory across the three games, and a share in over $225,000 in prize money.

Melbourne ORDER is looking to bring the trophy home across all three games, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League and Street Fighter V, after dominant performances throughout the season. Sat at the top of the standings through regular season they’ve shown no signs of slowing down in playoffs.

“Melbourne is arguably the sporting capital of Australia, and Melbourne Order has delivered consistent high level teams across all three titles. Counter Strike: Global Offensive is likely to be hotly contested in their match up against Sydney Chiefs, the classic inter-city rivalry, followed by a Melbourne Derby final against Melbourne Avant in Rocket League on Sunday,” said Dominic Remond, Gfinity Esports Australia’s CEO.

Viewership for the Gfinity Elite Series Australia has been strong, with Counter Strike: Global Offensive proving most popular. CS:GO has averaged more than 3,300¹ concurrent viewers across 6 weeks of play, 57%¹ higher than Australia’s premier esports broadcast, OPL League of Legends. Across 6 weeks of play and all 3 games, the Gfinity Elite Series Australia has attracted nearly 2.9 million channel views² on Twitch, and more than 12.5 million minutes watched¹ by audiences.

Much of the excitement around Street Fighter V has come from Melbourne ORDER key player and infamous villain ROF, with his sports entertainment styled flair, mirror shades and intimidating mustache. In broadcasts which have had their fair share of vintage world wrestling showmanship, Perth Ground Zero will battle Melbourne ORDER, needing to shut down ROF and his club, and lay their own brand of smackdown in true sports entertainment style.

Following a shock win in the semi finals, a zero-to-hero grand final berth awaits Melbourne Avant’s Rocket League team. The full roster, comprised wholly of Gfinity Esports Challenger Series draftees, defeated the Sydney Chiefs squad, currently ranked number 6 in the world. It’s a dream come true and proves to budding talent, who’ve been among the millions watching Season 1, that making the big stage for a city-based club in a national esports competition is possible.

“The success of Melbourne Avant is true validation of the whole Challenger Series process, giving opportunities to these young players to compete against the best in the land” said Dominic.

The Grand Finals will be streamed live on twitch.tv/GfinityAU, with video on demand available to catch up on the action. A reminder, Rocket League is broadcast every week on ONE from 10AM-1PM AEST Sundays.

For more information on Gfinity Esports Australia, or the Challenger and Elite Series, head to www.gfinityesports.com.auwww.gfinityesports.com.au 

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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 https://challenger.gfinityEsports.com.au 

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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 www.challenger.gfinityesports.com.auwww.challenger.gfinityesports.com.au 

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Gfinity Esports Australia Hits Viewership For Six In Debut Season

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In its debut season, the Gfinity Elite Series Australia, presented by Alienware, accumulated more than seven million minutes of content watched in the first four weeks of regular season. The first national esports competition, complete with custom broadcast arena, endemic and non endemic sponsors, and city-based clubs, Gfinity Esports Australia was touted as ‘the Big Bash League of Esports’. Boasting the debut of female and male mixed teams, the first city-based league in Australia, and broadcast of Rocket League on national television, at its mid point, Gfinity Esports Australia are hailing the debut season a success, and a win for esports in the region.

“We promised an elite level of play, and a national competition featuring great games. At the mid point in the first season, we’re thrilled with the product, and fans are loving it” said Dominic Remond, Gfinity Esports Australia’s CEO. “Our audience, which totals in the tens of thousands each week, is clearly impressed with the level of talent shown from the six clubs”.

Brisbane Deceptors became the first club to field a mixed player squad, featuring two female players on their roster. Connie ‘Konii’ Ko and Jessica ‘Artemis’ Majrouh, Counter Strike: Global Offensive players, took to the stage, battling against some of Australia’s best players from Sydney Chiefs and Melbourne Order. “Providing opportunities for players, and growing diversity within the league was a major goal for Gfinity. In Konii and Artemis, we have two outstanding players, and the first example of mixed teams in a national sporting competition within Australia”, said Dominic Remond. 

Gfinity Elite Series Australia has proven a hit with fans; the city-based format has leveraged existing rivalries and three big games to push channel views on Twitch past 2 million¹ and cumulative reach on ONE over 950,000² during the first four weeks of competition broadcast.

“At the midpoint of competition, we had a top four separated by only a single victory, and big personalities driving interest on social media. Experiences within cricket and the Big Bash League demonstrate that Australian fans love to get behind key players, whether they are playing for or against their team. Live sports now also means esports, available on your phone, console, PC, and TV. We’re proud to be part of the next wave of national sporting product in Australia”, added Dominic Remond.

With one week of regular season competition remaining followed by two weeks of finals, the table is set for Gfinity Elite Series Australia to deliver on a promise to fans; giving viewers a fantastic conclusion to the first national esports competition in the region.

Positioned as the ‘Big Bash League’ of Australian esports, Gfinity Esports Australia brings together six city-based clubs for the Gfinity Elite Series Australia, competing in front of fans and broadcast live from the state of the art Gfinity Hoyts Esports Arena in Sydney. Players include Australia’s best professional talent, joined by the next generation of superstars rising from the Challenger Series, who were drafted into each of the clubs.

All the action is streamed live on www.twitch.tv/GfinityAUwww.twitch.tv/GfinityAU , with video on demand available to catch up on the action. A reminder, Rocket League is broadcast every week on ONE from 10AM-1PM AEST Sundays.

For more information on Gfinity Esports Australia, or the Challenger and Elite Series, head to www.gfinityesports.com.auwww.gfinityesports.com.au 

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Melbourne ORDER Sweeps First Ever Gfinity Elite Series Australia Grand Finals, Scoring $100,000 In Prize Money

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This past weekend Melbourne ORDER dominated the first ever grand finals of Gfinity Elite Series Australia, presented by Alienware. The club walked away with $100,000 in prize money after their Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League and Street Fighter V squads scored wins against their city-based rival clubs.

Saturday saw the Sydney Chiefs play valiantly, hoping to put a win on the board in front of the home crowd. Chiefs draftees Doom and Iyen showed they could compete with the best after some stunning plays, but the skill of the ORDER line up proved too strong as they closed the day out fast with a 3 to 0 victory.

Melbourne Avant's Rocket League squad was the talk of the town after they knocked out Sydney Chiefs in the playoffs, but the underdog tale of Avant's journey was cut short. Melbourne ORDER knew what they were up against after watching the week before, executing their play on a higher level and felling the 'giant slayers' 4 games to 1.

Finally, it was time for Perth Ground Zero's last shot at ORDER's big bads of Street Fighter V, ROF and Travis Styles. Once again ORDER gave their opponents little room for a comeback, culminating in an absolute Birdie beatdown by ROF. They closed out the session 4 games to 1.

Thanks to their wins, Melbourne ORDER was also took out the Club Championship, scoring the highest points total over all three games in the Elite Series Australia Season 1. With such a strong performance this season, many clubs will be treating them as the club to beat going into Season 2, looking for revenge later this year.

If you missed any of the action from the grand finals weekend, you can catch all the VODs at twitch.tv/GfinityAU.

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