PAX Aus and the Australian Cyber League (ACL) were excited to announce that the world’s premiere eSports organization, ESL, will be headed to this year’s PAX Aus in Melbourne for the first time.
The ESL Arena will be staged over three full days in a massive arena on the PAX Aus show floor, hosting one of the largest eSports events that Australia has ever seen. It will feature multiple games over the show’s three days, each one boasting a significant prize pool, and attendees will be able to expect quite a diverse line-up of action.
The first game that has been unveiled to be part of this event is none other than SMITE, presented by Hi-Rez Studios. The Oceania Regional Championship finals are scheduled for the Saturday of the event, and competing teams will be facing off for a share in a $50,000+ cash prize pool and the right to represent the region at the SMITE 2016 World Championships in Atlanta, US.
The other two games have yet to be unveiled, but we will keep you updated as we learn more.
Guy Blomberg, PAX Content and Community Manager, stated, “eSports has grown to become such a massive cornerstone of the gaming community over the last decade, it only made sense that it would eventually become a prominent part of PAX Aus. We want eSports in Australia specifically to be taken seriously as well, and this partnership with ESL and ACL Pro puts us all on the right track.”
“Here at the Australian Cyber League we have long been looking up to ESL as the global leader in the space, producing some of world’s best eSports events,” said Nick Vanzetti, Managing Director at ACL. “It makes great sense to bring the ESL Arena to such a prestigious gaming event as PAX Aus. This opportunity allows us to level up the current eSports offering and truly put our region on the map.”
PAX Australia will run from October 30, 2015 through November 1, 2015 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre during the Melbourne International Games Week. It is organized by ReedPOP in conjuction with Penny Arcade.