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Australia is in the thick of its busiest time of year for the games industry, with a string of live events and conferences covering esports, games development, and the games and related cultural categories.
What a few years ago was focused around Melbourne International Games Week has now become a longer sequence of events kicked off by Melbourne Esports Open last month, followed by OzComicCon events around the country, and wrapped up by PAX Australia toward the end.
With a string of new tournaments and brand activations in parallel or integrated within these events, esports is showing itself to be ever more integrated into this landscape.
Mogul Launches New Magic: The Gathering Arena Mogul Championship
Online tournament platform Mogul.gg announced a new partnership with Wizards of the Coast to run a regional Magic the Gathering: Arena tournament. The announcement of the MTG Arena Mogul Championship indicates there will be $50K AUD ($33.8K USD) in cash and prizes.
A $3,380 prize is offered for first place along with a Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop, valued at over $2K, plus other Razer hardware and an uncut card sheet of the latest MTG set. Cash and Razer hardware prizes are offered through 32nd place. In 2018 Razer became an investor in Mogul.
The tournament begins Oct. 7, a week after the new card set for MTG, Throne of Eldraine, launches in both physical and digital forms. Free registration is open to all Australian and New Zealand residents.
Orgless Signs with Wildcard Gaming
Australian Rainbow Six: Siege team Orgless has found a new home, signing with North American esports team Wildcard Gaming to become the third Australian Siege team to be backed by an overseas organization.
Orgless exited Australian esports team Athletico in January 2019, and during the year to date performances as an unbacked crew they have maintained a strong record of performances, including a victorious run through the ANZ Pro League and an Oceanic Cup victory over key local rivals Fnatic.
SiNister Gaming was the second organization to have backed an Australian team in the Rainbow Six Pro League.
LetsPlay.Live Partners with NRL for Fortnite Activation
Australia’s National Rugby League (another rugby code, different from rugby union) has announced a partnership with LetsPlay.Live to host Fortnite fan activations as part of a program of fan entertainment activities in the lead up to the NRL Grand Final on Sunday, Oct. 6.
Online open qualifiers will give players the chance to win a trip to the Grand Final and a place at a Fortnite event at the stadium that day, where they will get the chance to play alongside NRL players. Other live Fortnite events will also take place in the center of Sydney during the days leading up to the Grand Final weekend.
A prize pool of over $12K in cash and prizes will be on offer, with prizes like special fan experiences at major NRL events next year amongst the key non-cash prizes.
Oceanic Rocket League Championship Series Now Hosted by LetsPlay.Live
Rocket League Championship Series returns for Season 8, with Rocket League developer Psyonix partnering with LetsPlay.Live to host the next phase of the competition in the ANZ region. Season 7 was hosted by Gfinity Esports Australia, which recently announced it would cease operations at the end of 2019.
Renegades and Ground Zero Gaming maintained their places in the series, having finished top two in the previous season. A further six teams are qualifying through a preliminary online tournament which has been taking place in September. The series will run through to mid-November, with $50K in prize money attached to the competition, with live LAN finals taking place in Auckland, New Zealand. The top two teams will also qualify for the Rocket League World Championship in December.
Red Bull ‘Fight or Flight’ PUBG Tournament
Red Bull and Omen by HP are hosting a PUBG “Fight or Flight” tournament during October and November, with live and online events to be managed by ESL.
The competition will feature a fast-mode of PUBG that will feature a more rapidly shrinking map and higher-powered weapon drops than usual to speed up the overall rate of play. Under these conditions, any given round will last no longer than 15 minutes.
Qualifying competitions will take place live at PAX Australia in Melbourne and through an online qualifying competition before a ‘last minute’ qualifying series at Carriageworks, an event venue in Sydney, on the day of the Grand Final which will take place at the same venue. The final will feature 12 squads and will be streamed live on Red Bull’s Twitch channel in front of a live audience.
Winners will also win a place at the PUBG Global Championship in the United States in November.
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