As esports continues to grow in Australia, so too does the need for a way to facilitate players transition into the spotlight. With other sports, we have amateur clubs, school sports and institutes dedicated to raising skill professional athletes with sportsmanlike behaviour.
That is exactly what the Gfinity Challenger Series seeks to achieve.
Some players have already been drafted by emerging organisations as well as existing teams. In the Gfinity Challenger Series amateur players compete against each other with the goal of recognition of their skills and efforts.
Gfinity Challenger Series
The success of this program can’t be denied as more than a third of Season 1 players were drafted. This series gives developing talent the chance to grow in an environment that closely emulates the ‘real thing’ and exposes them the environment that they aim to work in.
Brisbane Deceptor’s Rocket League squad as well as Melbourne Avant’s CS: GO team consist entirely of drafted players and both teams find themselves in potential finals positions as the season’s end approaches.
“Results like that of Melbourne Avant are how we find the new stars of the ANZ scene. It keeps the player pool fresh, and gives the veterans new and varying competition to keep them on their toes and stay at the top of their game,” said Dominic Remond.
“These players vary in experience and age and come from all walks of life, brought together by a love of Esports. We have electricians, high school students, tertiary students, a game designer, social worker, sports management staff and more, all playing under city-based clubs in Season 2.”
As well as exposing tomorrow’s players to the scene today, Gfinity also brings the games to people through a variety of methods. With a focus on assisting the continual growth of Australian Esports, Gfinity is broadcast across as many platforms as can be mustered such as Twitch, Facebook, Youtube and they are always looking for new platforms to reach their audience.
With the viewer numbers climbing each week, the games become more intense as finals approach and the hype trending across social media, it’s pretty clear that Aussies want more esports action. Especially with events like Melbourne Esports Open, Intel Extreme Masters and PAX Aus reporting record numbers.
Gfinity has its sights set on an ever-expanding esports program, with more clubs and games being played each season.
The remainder of Season 2’s games will once again be played live in the HOYTS Gfinity Esports Arena in the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park Sydney. Tickets for all matches will be available in the coming weeks at www.gfinityesports.com.au.
All the live action will be streamed at twitch.tv/GfinityAU and other platforms, with video on demand available afterwards.
Rocket League is broadcast on 10 Peach each Sunday from 11am.
For more information on Gfinity Esports Australia, or the Challenger and Elite Series, head to www.gfinityesports.com.au