The oldest sporting rivalry has come to esports as Gfinity Australia has unveiled the first two clubs joining the upcoming Elite Series. Two major esports organisations, Chiefs Esports Club and Avant Gaming have partnered up with Gfinity Australia’s joining their newly created city-based league – the Gfinity Elite series which features CS:GO, Rocket League and Street Fighter V.

The Sydney club will be called the Sydney Chiefs and the Melbourne team – Melbourne Avant. Both teams have retained their organisation’s branding going into the Gfinity Elite series franchise.

Chiefs Esports Club and Sydney Chiefs owner, Frank Li has said:

“We’re proud to be among the first clubs to join the Gfinity Elite Series in Australia, and representing our fans and city of Sydney. Through the Gfinity Elite Series, our players can experience the privilege of donning a jersey for Sydney and representing this great city, as well as being a part of a famous sporting rivalry. We can’t wait to face off against Melbourne Avant.”

Melbourne Avant CEO Wes Collier has also said:

“We are thrilled to get the opportunity to represent the fans of Melbourne and join the Gfinity Elite Series. Clashes between Avant and the Chiefs bring a heightened passion, but this amazing rivalry just became more personal for the fans, Melbourne Vs Sydney, Avant Vs The Chiefs.”

Dominic Remond, the CEO of Gfinity Australia’s has mentioned: “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 to Gfinity Elite Series Australia, presented by Alienware”

“Following the growth and success of other sports across Australia, I believe a passionate Melbourne Vs Sydney derby, combined with a storied history between Chiefs and Avant will create Australia’s newest sporting rivalry”, added Dom

The two clubs will be part of a six city-based series and will compete for a share in $450,000 across three titles. Recently Gfinity Australia announced they’ve teamed up with Hoyts to bring an esports arena in each city around the country with the first one being built in Sydney Entertainment Quarter.

Gfinity Elite series is due for launch later this year. For more information on Gfinity Australia, you can check out the site here.