Announced today by TED and ESL, The Melbourne Esports Open will feature the Overwatch Contenders Season 2 Finals at Rod Laver Arena on the first weekend of September.
The event finals will be held on Saturday, 1 September, representing the finale of the premier Overwatch esports tournament in the Australia/New Zealand region.
TEG CEO Geoff Jones said, “From the outset TEG had a vision of esports as major event live entertainment in world-class arenas with big crowds just as passionate and engaged as a major footy final,”
The global esports economy is expected to reach USD $1.4 billion in revenue by 2020, with Overwatch being one of the major titles dominating the industry. Overwatch Contenders Australia is a high-level tournament series for aspiring pro Overwatch players, one of seven Contenders tournament series around the world.
“I am sure that the Melbourne Esports Open will live up to this billing in its debut year. Not only do we have an array of top pro teams and the most popular titles, but we have a magnificent precinct at Melbourne Park.” Jones continued.
Overwatch Contenders is part of Overwatch esports’ Path to Pro, and is an opportunity for players and teams to be noticed by organisations in the Overwatch League, the first major global city-based esports league.
In Overwatch Contenders Australia, 12 of the highest-performing teams across AUNZ will battle for their share of a AUD$67,000 Season 2 prize pool. The top four teams from the regular season will advance to the Melbourne Esports Open for the Season 2 Playoffs live on stage.
JB Hi-Fi, was announced yesterday as the official presenting partner of Melbourne Esports Open. And the Open is presented with the support of Visit Victoria.
Tickets to the Melbourne Esports Open are on sale today Thursday 21 June at 2pm from ticketek.com.au. Prices start at $19.90 for juniors and $29.90 for adults. Family day passes start from $79.70.