Australia and New Zealand’s premier gaming competition, the ESL AU & NZ Championships return in 2019.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and DOTA 2 championships make their return, with a new focus on providing more opportunities to showcase local talent in the international esports arena.
“With the help of the ESL AU & NZ Championships, the local Counter-Strike scene in ANZ has reached a point where our teams can go toe-to-toe with some of the world’s best” said Kamine Naidoo, Product Manager ESL Australia.
Last years events saw over 897,000 hours of content watched by fans and reached over 5 million people through social media.
A part of the newly announced focus on global competition, the IEM Sydney Derby, a four-team CS:GO qualifier will determine which team will get the opportunity to compete in the Intel® Extreme Masters Sydney 2019 Group Stages.
“The opportunity for one ESLAUNZ team to play against the world’s best at IEM Sydney is a big step towards gaining the global recognition that our local teams deserve.”, Naidoo continued.
Alongside their renewed focus, ESL has revealed the championships will see some big changes in 2019. With CS:GO seeing just 12 teams competing (down from 16), and DOTA 2 upping the ante with a total 8 teams competing (up from 6).
Learn more about the upcoming championship by heading to the ESL website.