BenQ Zowie and ESL Australia has teamed up to announce an open ANZ qualifier for the upcoming BenQ ZOWIE eXTREMESLAND 2017 Asia Cup in October, 2017. The open qualifier allows any player from the Oceanic region to compete and qualify for the spot at eXTREMESLAND 2017.

The qualifier will feature three stages: two online stages (22nd July & 6th August 2017) and an offline live finals stage taking place at the ESL Studios in Sydney on the 9th September 2017. Two teams: Chiefs Esports Club and Grayhound Gaming has already received a direct invite to the live finals.

“The success of the BenQ ZOWIE eXTREMESLAND tournament in Shanghai has enabled us to expand in 2017 with an open qualifier for Australia and New Zealand in partnership with ESL Australia. ESL have shown great passion and professionalism as the leading eSports tournament organisers, and with our mutual dedication to eSports we look forward to providing players with the opportunity to represent our region on the global stage.” – Martin Moelle, Managing Director, BenQ Australia.

“Over the years as Counter-Strike has progressed in Australia and New Zealand, our local teams have further sought out the opportunity to compete on both the local and international levels in the LAN environment. BenQ ZOWIE have been able to create such a program where teams from our region will have the best possible opportunities to not only compete internationally, but be successful as well.” – Nick Vanzetti, Managing Director, ESL Australia

The winner of the ANZ qualifiers will secure the a spot in Shanghai with flights and accommodation included .BenQ ZOWIE eXTREMESLAND 2017 Asia Cup takes place in Shanghai, China and will see 16 teams from 14 regions competing for a $100K USD prize pool.