ESL Arena to take centre stage at PAX AUS

Australia’s eSports scene is about to get another boost, with ESL making its first-ever local appearance at PAX Australia. The ESL Arena will host one of the nation’s largest ever eSports events, featuring multiple games each with their own “significant” prize pool.

Smite 2015 World Champions - Cognitive Prime

Smite 2015 World Champions – Cognitive Prime

ESL is the world’s premier eSports organisation, and recently teamed up with the Australian Cyber League (ACL) to help promote the sport locally. This event is hoped to be the first of many, bringing a diverse eSports lineup to the PAX Aus show floor.

Nick Vanzetti, Managing Director at ACL explains:

Here at the Australian Cyber League we have long been looking up to ESL as the global leader in the space, producing some of world’s best eSports events. It makes great sense to bring the ESL Arena to such a prestigious gaming event as PAX Aus. This opportunity allows us to level up the current eSports offering and truly put our region on the map.

The first game to be confirmed is Smite, which will hold its Oceania Regional Championship finals on Saturday October 31. The prize pool for this one is more than AU$50,000 in cash – plus the winning team will be heading off to the United States to represent the region at the Smite 2016 World Championships.

There are two more games that will be featured, but at this stage they’re being kept under wraps.

Guy Blomberg, Content and Community Manager for PAX Aus continues:

eSports has grown to become such a massive cornerstone of the gaming community over the last decade, it only made sense that it would eventually become a prominent part of PAX Aus. We want eSports in Australia specifically to be taken seriously as well, and this partnership with ESL and ACL Pro puts us all on the right track.

If you haven’t yet got your tickets for PAX Aus, you’d better get a wriggle on. The event takes over the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 30-November 1, during Melbourne International Games Week, and there are still a handful of single-day tickets (for all three days) available, as well as 3-day International passes. Grab them now from

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