2018’s Big Bash of Australian esports has a $450,000 prize pool
Gfinity is on the hunt for Australian CS: GO, Street Fighter V and Rocket League competitors.
Hot on the heels of recent YouGov data that over four million Australians watched esports in 2017, esports mob Gfinity has opened up registrations for what it wants to be known as the "big bash of Australian esports". In partnership with the ASX-listed media organisation HT&E (responsible for keeping radio's bleating sheep Kyle Sandilands employed), Gfinity Australia's Challenger Series will have players duke it out across Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League and Street Fighter V.
Registrations are now open for the inaugural Challenger Series which kicks off 7 January and runs for two months. There will be $15,000 up for grabs each month (including the pre-season competition which starts this week).
When the first Challenger Series wraps up in early 2018, the cream of the crop will be invited to enter The Elite Draft, which offers an opportunity for the amateurs to play shoulder-to-shoulder with some of Australia's city-based professional teams in what Gfinity calls The Elite Series.
There will be two Elite Series seasons played in 2018, each running for seven weeks. There where will be six professional teams (one for each state) matched up each week in front of a live audience. At the end of it all, a winner will be announced based on the combined team's performance.
Gfinity has had a successful run in the UK prior to its expansion Down Under, drafting 30 amateurs and reaching 15 million viewers in its debut year.