Announced this week by Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren, Melbourne Esports Open will take place this September. Visit Victoria has partnered up with TEG Live and ESL, to deliver the event in Melbourne until 2022.
The event seeks to attract the world’s best gamers, and thousands of visitors from interstate and overseas to Victoria. Already boasting an expected attendance of 10,000 people each day, on top of a suite of top professional teams set to compete.
“The Melbourne Esports Open is a massive scalp for Victoria, tapping into one of the world’s most popular sectors of the sports and entertainment industry.”
The events will take place across Melbourne & Olympic Park, filling the likes of Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena, and the Melbourne Park Function Centre. Creating a specialized precinct that will feature interactive gamer experiences and a showcase of the latest esports technology.
“We’re turning Melbourne Park into every gamers dream – giant screens, the best talent and latest technology.”
The open is expected to generate up to $25 million for the Victorian economy over five years, supporting jobs and boosting local businesses. The Andrews Labor Government secured the creation of the Open through funding from the Major Events Fund, which was boosted by $4.5 million in the Victorian Budget 2018/19.
The Melbourne Esports Open will begin on the first weekend of September 2018 – the bye weekend prior to the AFL Finals Series.
“With millions of gamers both at home and abroad, it’s time to bring all the action and fanfare of esports to our backyard.”