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Australia will not participate in AIMAG 2017 esports event

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The Australian Esports Association and Australian Olympic Committee
will not participate in AIMAG 2017, Turkmenistan

  • The Olympic Council of Asia seeks to include esports at their sports programs in partnership with Ali Baba.
  • The Australian Esports Association is open to working with the Australian Olympic Committee and Olympic Council of Asia to include Australian athletes.
  • The Australian Olympic Committee maintains an earlier decision to only invite sports on the 2020 Olympic Program to be Australian team members at the AIMAG 2017, Turkmenistan.

 

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has announced inclusion of esports as a demonstration event at the Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in 2017, the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games in 2018 and the Hangzhou Asian Games in 2022.

The esports event will consist of four events:

  • MOBA: DOTA 2 (Team Event)
  • RTS: StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void (Individuals Event)
  • CCG: Hearthstone (Individuals Event)
  • FGC: King of Fighters XIV (Individuals Event)

Previously the OCA featured esports as a demonstration event at the AIMAG 2009 and 2013 events in full collaboration with the International Esports Federation (IeSF), recognising the IeSF as an official partner and international federation for esports. The IeSF has been continuously communicating and cooperating with the OCA to conduct and manage esports since 2009, with an interest to assist in the inclusion of esports at the AIMAG 2017, and Asian Games 2018 and 2022 events.

The IeSF works to ensure that good governance is maintained during esports events, that care is taken to ensure the proper infrastructure is provided and that competition is executed in a fair play environment. Including ensuring that the rights, interests and welfare of participating athletes are protected with appropriate policy and regulation.

The IeSF operates with a core goal of improving esports recognition and credibility, and in doing so works to introduce good governance structure, policies and regulations to support esports across the globe. The IeSF currently comprises of 46 nations, 25 of which have already officially recognised esports, with the Australian Esports Association (AESA) representing Australia as an official member.

The OCA have included nations from Oceania on the invite list to their events, providing Australian athletes more opportunities to participate in Olympic level events, with Australia sending 30 athletes to the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games in Japan’s northern city of Sapporo as a “guest” delegation.

The AESA met with the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) to hold detailed discussions about the fast growing and exciting world of esports and Australian participation in these events.

In examining this opportunity with the AOC two key areas of concern were highlighted that would preclude official Australian participation:

  1. In an unusual precedent, the OCA announced that the registration process for esports for AIMAG 2017 will be held directly through an independent online portal, with the official national team selection not being conducted through the respective National Sporting Organisation (NSO) being the AESA or National Olympic Committee (NOC) being the AOC. This is inconsistent with generally accepted practices for national representation of sporting codes; and
  2. Whilst the invitation for Australia to participate in OCA events represents a great opportunity for Australian athletes, the AOC has already committed to participating in only those sports that feature in the 2020 Olympic Program. Until esports is an official medal event in the Olympic program for 2020, the AOC will not send an Australian team to compete in esports events.

The AESA reiterates the critical importance of upholding the values and credibility of sport, and standing by its principals, and calls for the OCA to ensure the esports competition and athlete registration is handled with equal regard, procedural robustness and integrity as other competitive (and nationally representative) sports.

In this current environment, the AOC have stated they will not be dispatching additional athletes to participate in esports at AIMAG 2017. Should circumstances be addressed, the AESA is prepared to support Australian athletes in participating at this event; to ensure the rights, interests and welfare of Australian athletes are protected.

The AESA was established in 2013 with the mission of supporting and driving the development of a sustainable and thriving esports industry in Australia. At the core of our values are the practice of good governance, integrity, fair play, and social responsibility among its members and industry. Our board of directors consists of members from both within and outside of esports and seek to develop best practice in every aspect of what we do.

You can follow the Australian eSports Association on facebook and twitter.

If you would like to discuss, or have any queries about the rise of esports and its recognition please contact: info@aesa.org.au

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Blue Ringed Octolings to represent AUNZ at the 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational!

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Nintendo continues their esports ambitions with the hosting a major world tournament at E3 2017 with the 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational, on the 13th of June 2017.

Squads from Europe, USA, Japan and the Australian & New Zealand region will be competing in the first international tournament for the game series in the lead up to the official release of Splatoon 2 on the Nintendo Switch, 31st July 2017.

To determine who would represent our region, Nintendo Australian & New Zealand hosted an inaugural esports event for Splatoon, the 2017 AUNZ Splatoon Cup, which saw 23 teams compete in gruelling competition to determine who would be crowned the region’s champion.

In the grand final event held in Melbourne on the 29th April 2017 Blue Ringed Octolings bested $¢arthace in a best-of-nine series, taking home the crown and the right to represent the region at the 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational.

We are proud to support the champions, comprising of three Australians and a New Zealander:

  • Angela ‘Bickibird’ Scott, Sydney
  • Marianne ‘Latias’ Hade, Perth
  • Bevan ‘Spongebev’ Davis, Melbourne
  • Madison ‘MadiKuma’ Henderson, Invercargill (NZ)

A detailed write-up of the grand finals has been posted by Vooks: http://www.vooks.net/event-recap-2017-splatoon-cup-grand-finals-australia-new-zealand/

You can follow Nintendo Australia & New Zealand at https://www.facebook.com/NintendoAUNZ/ and https://twitter.com/nintendoaunz

Follow the Australian Esports Association at https://www.facebook.com/australianesports and https://www.twitter.com/aesa_info

If you have other esports news to share with us please contact us via email: info@aesa.org.au

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IEM Sydney draws 8 million unique viewers!

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One of the largest esports event to be held on Australian shores, the Intel Extreme Masters Sydney, attracted a total of 8 million unique viewers through online broadcast delivered to 30 platforms in 22 languages.

The event was hosted at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena over two days May 6-7, giving fans access to global talent and an impressive event for the local esports community to enjoy. Each day saw an average of 7,000 fans pack into the arena with 30 million unique persons reached on social media.

The total prize pool up for grabs is USD $200,000 being contested by international talent includes Astralis, FaZe Clan, Team North, OpTic Gaming, SK Gaming, ViCi Gaming, Renegades who are arguably Australia and New Zealand’s best CS:GO team and local team Chiefs Esports Club.

The ultimate champion being SK Gaming who took out the event over FaZe Clan in a nail biting grand final match that had fans on the edge of their seats!

IEM Sydney marks a historical note in the Australian esports calendar as the first international esports event to be hosted on our shores, proving the strength and popularity of esports within our community.

The social media hashtag that was used for this this event is #IEMSydney

You can follow the Intel Extreme Masters at https://www.facebook.com/iem/ or https://twitter.com/IEM

Follow the Australian Esports Association at our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/australianesports or our twitter page: https://www.twitter.com/aesa_info

If you have other esports news to share with us please contact us via email: info@aesa.org.au

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Adelaide Football Club strikes deal with Legacy Esports!

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In a ground breaking deal for Australian esports the Adelaide Football Club have entered into an agreement to acquire Legacy Esports.

This move by the Adelaide Football Club represents a great opportunity for expanded expertise to enter the esports scene in the management of teams, along with the expectations of how tournaments are operated.

Sydney-based Legacy eSports is one of eight teams competing in the League of Legends Oceanic Pro League (OPL), which provides a direct path to the global contest, the League of Legends World Championship, which last year attracted more viewers than the NBA finals.

Interest in esports has been growing with the rise in popularity of esports, with a number of traditional sports teams and personalities investing in teams overseas. Including the hockey team IFK Helsink, NBA teams Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, former NBA players Magic Johnston and Shaquille O’Neal, baseballers Alex Rodriguez and Jimmy Rollins, and NFL legend Joe Montana, along with soccer powerhouses Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, FC Schalke and AS Roma.

Crows Chief Executive Andrew Fagan comments, “It is hugely popular with millennials and there are enhanced opportunities for current and new corporate partners to engage with younger, digital and social media savvy audiences,” Fagan said.

Athletes can look forward to improving conditions in the organisations they play for as investment and improving standards continue. Something Fagan believes the AFC can provide, “We will bring our expertise in elite and professional sport to support the high-performance development of the Legacy players who are driven to achieve success in their field.”

This is a major milestone for Australian esports, over the past twelve months a number of traditional sporting bodies, clubs, research groups and marketers have taken a keen interest in esports. Each assessing the rapid rise in popularity and commerce of esports. This is a signal that esports is being taken seriously, the Adelaide Football Club is one of the largest Australian sporting clubs with a large community footprint and their investment in esports will have a rippling effect.

Darren Kwan the founding president of the Australian Esports Association comments, “We have long advocated for esports to be broadly recognised by the mainstream and government, this move by the Adelaide Football Club marks a historical milestone in the Australian esports story. Bringing additional recognition and exposure to esports. Additionally the benefit the AFC will bring to the athletes will be remarkable, providing years of experience in managing and developing professional athletes to Legacy Esports for their next run at the OPL title.”

“Though I am cautious about governance here, as the OPL does not have good governance mechanisms in place like salary caps and could see some early imbalance. My hope is that this propels the standards of esports in Australia forward, driving governance the we at the AESA have been pushing for many years.”

The AESA is aware of a number of sporting bodies and clubs that are actively interested in the esports industry.

Read more about this historic moment in Australian esports at: http://www.afc.com.au/news/2017-05-17/crows-strike-esports-agreement

You can follow the Adelaide Football Club at https://www.facebook.com/adelaidecrows or https://twitter.com/adelaide_fc

You can follow Legacy Esports at https://www.facebook.com/LegacyOCE or https://twitter.com/LegacyOCE

Follow the Australian Esports Association at our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/australianesports or our twitter page: https://www.twitter.com/aesa_info

If you have other esports news to share with us please contact us via email: info@aesa.org.au

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The Intel Extreme Master’s comes to Sydney!

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·        Largest CS:GO event in Australia to date

·        Seven international teams with one slot for a local Australian team

·        Qudos Bank Arena, May 6th – 7th 2017

 

One of the largest esports event to tour the world, the Intel Extreme Masters, which has wowed crowds at every event is set to come to Sydney, Australia later this year!

Featuring seven international teams for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and one domestic slot available through a qualification process.

This will be the first stop of the IEM season 12, hosted at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, IEM Sydney will run for two days giving fans access to global talent and an impressive event for the local esports community to enjoy.

The total prize pool up for grabs is USD $200,000 prize pool making it the largest live spectator CS:GO event to grace our shores.

International talent includes Astralis, FaZe Clan, Team North, OpTic Gaming, SK Gaming, ViCi Gaming and Renegades who are arguably Australia and New Zealand’s best CS:GO team.

Tickets will be available from 10am (AEDT), March 13th through ticketek for the general public, with early pre-sale for Telstra customers and ESL CS:GO Fan Club members.

For more on the event and ticketing, head to https://www.intelextrememasters.com

The social media hashtag for this event will be #IEMSydney

You can follow the Intel Extreme Masters at https://www.facebook.com/iem/ or https://twitter.com/IEM

Follow the Australian Esports Association at our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/australianesports or our twitter page: https://www.twitter.com/aesa_info

If you have other esports news to share with us please contact us via email: info@aesa.org.au

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The Australian Esports Association