Melbourne Esports Open 2019

by Starsky

ESL (Electronic Sports League) and TEG Live are bringing back the Melbourne Esports Open to the city for 2019 after the massive success of the inaugural MEO event from the previous year, which totaled over 12,000 esports fans. This year’s event will expand to include activities within Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Arena, and Grand Slam Oval headlined featuring popular title League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite, and Rainbow Six Siege, StarCraft, Rocket League, and more. The two-day event takes place over 31 August – 1 September.

The Overwatch League team, Washington Justice, will become the first team in the league to play an international match, who will be joining the winners of the Overwatch Contenders Australia 2019 Season 2 at the Melbourne Esports Open on 1 September. This will be an exciting five map mixed exhibition match with two stacked line-ups going head to head.

“The Justice is thrilled to have the opportunity to meet fans and play an exhibition match with the talented competitors in Australia. With the demands of our competitive schedule, it’s not often we get to travel outside our region, so we’re looking forward to everything Melbourne and its local fans have in store.” said Aaron “PRE” Heckman, Assistant General Manager – Washington Justice.

“Being able to showcase a top-tier international team like the Washington Justice at this year’s Melbourne Esports Open is a massive win for the event.” said Nick Vanzetti, SVP, Managing Director – ESL Asia-Pacific Japan. “I’ll be in the crowd cheering for our local representatives, and encourage every Overwatch fan in Australia to attend this historic exhibition match.”

As well as the Overwatch Contenders Australia 2019 Season 2 Finals, the Melbourne Esports Open will feature open tournaments in more than 15 titles for fans to compete in across Melbourne & Olympic Parks. These titles include Fortnite, Minecraft, Pokemon, Forza, Halo, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and more. Attendees will also have the chance to experience The Monster, the largest inflatable obstacle course in the southern hemisphere, on Grand Slam Oval.

ESL, TEL Live, and the Victorian Government have a five-year partnership with the Melbourne Esports Open to deliver an esports event during Australian Football League’s bye weekend.


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