Australia is well known for its incredible sporting reputation. In fact, Melbourne is even recognised as the sporting capital of the world. This is no surprise considering how many major annual events Melbourne hosts. These include; F1, the Australian Open, Spring Racing Carnival, MotoGP. In addition to all these major events, Australians are consistently raking in the top awards. However, Aussies are also starting to make their mark in e-sports.
In the past, e-gaming never seemed possible, nor would anyone think it could become a profession. However, today many millennials have transformed e-gaming into multimillion dollar events. Today, the most popular e-sport games come from Blizzard Entertainment. Some of their major games include; Starcraft II, Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm. What makes these games so popular is the world championship events held for each title.
The Starcraft II, Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm world championships are held annually at the BlizzCon convention in Los Angeles. These championships are considered as the highest level of professional gaming. This year was the first year to see three Aussie teams qualifying for the event, which took place on November 3 and 4 2017.
To qualify for the event, the three Aussie teams had to battle it out locally and overcome their opponents. From here they received their right to battle it out on the $1.3 million-dollar stage.
Andrew “RGT” Haws led the Overwatch team. His team included, Ajay “Aetar” Umasankar, Jason “Ieatuup” Ho, Jordan “Gunba” Graham, Marcus “Kiki’ Jacob, and Ashley “Trill” Powell.
Kane “Yunex” Dennis was the leader for the World of Warcarft team. His team included; Nathan “Primez” Saccuzzo, Joel “Streaming” Barker and Jonny “Rook” Brett.
Jeremy “Moops” Setio lead the final Australian team in the Heroes of the Storm event. His team mates included; Hayden “Sashin” Kang, Joshua “Hacky” Hackett, Ashley “DeMiSe” Branson and Robert “Robadobah” Purling.
The Overwatch team managed to make it to the quarter-finals where they were defeated by Canada 2-3. While, the other 2 teams were eliminated early on in the tournament. However, all three teams were proud to represent Australia. Especially, the World of Warcraft team, as they were the first Australian World of Warcraft team to qualify for the event.
The Aussies are looking forward to the 2018 season, where they are hoping to keep the Aussie flag flying high. In the mean-time, while we wait for the 2018 season to start, players can stay entertained with top free pokie games and table games at Casino-Mate.