BenQ ZOWIE Australia and ESL Australia have announced that the BenQ ZOWIE EXTREMESLAND CS:GO ANZ Qualifier has been moved to the Melbourne Esports Open which is taking place at Melbourne Park on September 1 & 2, 2018.
The top four teams from the closed qualifiers will now be flown to the big Melbourne esports event instead of the Bankstown Sports Club (in Sydney) to play the best-of-five finals series. As previously announced, four teams: ORDER, Tainted Minds, Grayhounds and Chiefs Esports Club have been invited directly to the closed qualifiers and will join four other teams that make it through the open qualifiers.
“We had already announced a great community event for Sydney but due to some divine intervention, have decided to take up this last minute opportunity at the MEO. This will see the event expand from a two (2) to four (4) team finals series spanning over two (2) days instead of one (1). It’s a shame we won’t get to work closely with a great venue in Bankstown Sports Club along with partners Dicker Data, JW Computers and Mwave, but I’m sure opportunities will arise in the near future.” – Danny Kim, BenQ ZOWIE Australia.
“We’ve worked closely with BenQ ZOWIE in the past for EXTREMESLAND 2017, The ESL National Championships and PGI Oceanic Qualifiers, so we’re excited to be working with the team at BenQ ZOWIE to bring top level CS:GO to Melbourne” – Ben Green, partnership manager at ESL Australia. “I genuinely can’t wait to see the qualifier played live on Margaret Court Arena at the Melbourne Esports Open in front of a live Melbourne audience.”
If your team has registered to compete in the online qualifiers, the dates will remain the same. The main event however will take place a week earlier so take note. If your team has still yet to register, you can hit up on this link now.
The winner of the BenQ ZOWIE EXTREMESLAND CS:GO ANZ Qualifier will then represent Oceania in the BenQ ZOWIE EXTREMESLAND final in Shanghai to compete for their share of the $100,000USD prize-pool (18th – 21st October 2018). Last year, Kings Gaming Club (now ORDER) represented Oceania placing 3rd-4th.
There’s no excuse now for CSGO fans avoiding Melbourne Esports Open. With League of Legends OPL Finals, Overwatch Contenders plus plenty of other titles including FGC taking place over one event, it’s going to be a massive esports event.
Tickets to the Melbourne Esports Open are available here.