MEO 2019: Australia’s Biggest Esports Festival

by Starsky

The world’s largest esports company, ESL and TEG Live are celebrating the conclusion of the 2019 Melbourne Esports Open, presented by JB-Hi-Fi, which saw more than 17,000 esports and gaming fans partake in the biggest festival of esports in Australia. The event, which took place over the weekend of August 31 – September 1, expanded with activities across Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arena, Margaret Court Arena, and Grand Slam Oval.

Professional Competitions

On Saturday 31 August, at Rod Laver Arena, the League of Legends OPL Finals took place with Mammoth taking home the win against the Chiefs in a 3-0 upset.

On Sunday 1 September, Australia’s best Overwatch teams Mindfreak G and ORDER went to battle at the Rod Laver Arena stage for the Overwatch Contenders Australia 2019 Season 2 Finals, which saw ORDER make a decisive 4-0 series sweep over Mindfreak G and were awarded their share of the $100,000 USD season prize pool.

As for Rainbow 6 ‘Six Masters’ title, FNATIC took down ORGLESS in a 2-1 series, which was held at Margaret Court Arena. FNATIC took home $20,000 AUD, from the lion’s share of the $50,000 prize pool.

Open Video Game Tournaments

Melbourne Esports Open 2019 attendees were given the opportunity to compete in any of the 15 open video game tournaments over the course of the two-day festival. Some of the video game titles included Fortnite, Minecraft, Pokemon, Forza, Halo, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and more. Fans of all ages were given chance to compete in the Fortnite stage, which featured a prize pool of $20,000 AUD across open and charity tournaments thanks to a contribution from EPIC Games.

Family Activities

The JB-Hi-Fi Game On Zone in Melbourne Arena exhibited some of the latest in gaming and entertainment. Attendees were given the opportunity to play unreleased games including Borderlands 3, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint and Marvel’s Iron Man VR. On Grand Slam Oval, attendees had the chance to test their skills against Australia’s largest inflatable obstacle course – The Monster.

A special thank you to ESL Australia and PPR for accrediting Starsky Media with a media pass for the two-day festival. I can confidently say my experience was a pleasant one, and hope to represent the brand again at next year’s event.