Microsoft has announced that they’ve teamed up with ESL Australia and a host of talent from the industry to launch ‘Esports Academy’ from the 16th – 22nd April 2018 at the Sydney flagship Microsoft Store.

Esports Academy aims to give attendees an insight into the esports industry by bringing together a range of speakers from the community to give their insights, advice and tips to help educate and nurture future talent.

“It’s great to see a retail space such as the Microsoft Store being used to engage directly with the gaming community in Australia through these workshops,” added Danny Kim, part of the business team at ESL Australia.

“The esports industry in Australia continues to experience rapid growth and this partnership with Microsoft Store helps us to share some of our knowledge and experience about esports and give people a chance to get up close and personal with some of the leading talent in the industry.”

Ranging from professional players, host and shoutcasters, here’s some of the talent involved with Esports Academy:

  • Danny ‘DK’ Kim is a professional host and commentator covering games such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Rainbow Six Siege both locally and on the global stage. Danny is also a part of the ESL business team working to develop and cultivate esports in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Jayke ‘Jayke’ Paulsen is a professional League of Legends player and is the starting support and team captain of Avant Gaming who competes in the Oceanic Pro League.
  • Rohan ‘Brucy’ Bruce is a former semi-professional Counter-Strike player and former professional coach. After retiring from competitive play and coaching, he became COO of Avant Gaming and now runs the business along with the CEO and the team.
  • Laura ‘Saerianne’ Scott is an interviewer and host for The Oceania Pro League and ESL Australia broadcasts.
  • Iain ‘SnypeR’ Turner was a former professional in the golden era of Australian Counter Strike: Global Offensive and now works as a professional analyst and commentator. Iain also took part in two majors and was a part of the line-up that famously defeated Cloud9 at the Crown Invitational in 2015.
  • Max Ferfoglia is the gaming community manager at the Sydney flagship Microsoft Store, he is also the co-owner of esports team Dark Sided and has a strong background in the Australian esports scene.

If you’re interested in attending, you can register via the following link: