Old Aussie rivalries live on in upcoming esports league

Brodie Fogg 21 February 2018 NEWS

Gfinity esports teams

Sydney Chiefs and Melbourne Avant are the first two clubs announced for Gfinity's city-based esports league.

The Sydney/Melbourne rivalry is one that permeates all walks of life. Coffee, footy, nightlife, arts and culture, you name it, there's nothing Sydney-siders and Melbournerds won't butt heads over. Now, these rival cities will have one more excuse to dunk on each other online: esports.

Gfinity and Alienware's upcoming city-based esports league announced its first two teams today, the Sydney Chiefs and Melbourne Avant. The Chiefs and Avant are just two of the six teams who will be competing in the tournament's debut season of The Gfinity Elite Series.

The six teams will compete in games like CS: GO, Rocket League and Street Fighter V for a share in a $450,000 prize pool when the tournament kicks off later this year.

On the Melbourne vs Sydney matchup, Gfinity CEO Dominic Redmond said, "A weekend fixture where Sydney plays Melbourne is a part of our national sporting fabric, and we’re proud to welcome Australia’s two newest clubs.”

This announcement comes after the recent news that Gfinity had partnered with Hoyts to transform existing cinemas into esports arenas for the upcoming tournament.

For the latest news in competitive gaming, head over to our esports hub.

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