The Melbourne Esports Open is expected to be the largest esports festival ever held in Australia, and we’re less than two weeks away!
Running on the weekend of September 1 – 2 in Melbourne Park, you need to make sure you clear your schedule.
I dropped my predictions about what to anticipate a few weeks back, and was pretty much right about the big guns. But I’ve been pleasantly surprised with just how diverse and wide the game lineup actually is!
The best part about most of these games is that they feature open tournaments, where anyone can enter as long as they have their MEO ticket!
Contenders Finals – Rod Laver Arena – Saturday 1st – Doors at 11am
Top four teams fighting for the top spot:
There’s a sweet, sweet prize pool of $67,000 on offer.
Open 3V3 tournaments will be running on the weekend too – do you think you have what it takes to win? Personally, I think I can out swing anyone with my Brigitte plays, but I won’t have time to enter, bummer.
League of Legends
It’s great to see High School kids getting involved in the competitive esports scene.
League of Legends OPL Finals – Rod Laver Arena – Sunday 2nd – Doors at 1pm
Dire Wolves are locked in, with their rival team to be decided with the winner of Gauntlet. Gauntlet is a King of the Hill style post season tournament, where four teams battle it out – shown live this week on twitch.
The winner of OPL goes on to participate in the prestigious Worlds Tournament, representing Australia!
Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) will be on Sep 1st from 10am – 8pm
Pokémon Video Game Competition (on the 3DS) will be on Sep 2nd 110am – 8pm
I really wish this was a thing when I was a kid, my Squirtle was a water force to be reckoned with.
These have a few divisions each with entry fees:
Junior Division: Born on or after 2008
$5 AUD per event
Senior Division: Born 2004 – 2007
$10 AUD per event
Masters Division: Born on or before 2003
$10 AUD per event
Prizes feature trading card booster packs and gift cards!
There’s not much of an NBA scene here in Australia, but maybe the exposure at MEO will help it blossom.
This is a really interesting one! Mobile games don’t seem to be an esport yet in Australia, as I have written about in the past. Around the world, it’s a very popular industry. Clash Royale is one of the biggest!
Red Bull is hosting an open challenge where anyone can play for the chance to travel to Germany and compete for the title of best Clash Royale player in the world!
Fancy running around with a pixel axe attacking other pixel people? Minecraft is the game for you!
The 8 player free for all will feature live on stage at Margaret Court Arena on both days of the event.
Forza Motorsport 7
How fast can you drive? Forza will be featuring open tournaments and a free-play area so you can DRIVE OUT your competition!
The ‘BENQ ZOWIE EXTREMESLAND’ ANZ CSGO Qualifier will be featured.
Come watch your favourites have an explosive match at Margaret Court!
Fighting Games – in conjunction with Couch Warriors
Super Smash Bros for Wii U – This open tournament will feature $1000 in prize money!
Super Smash Bros Melee – It’s time to dust off your old Gamecube and start practising for this bad boy.
Soul Calibur VI – Feature match run by Couch Warriors.
Street Fighter V – An open double elimination tournament with a cool $1k up for grabs!
Anyone with a valid Melbourne Esports Open ticket can play.
If you’re interested in reading more about fighting games, check out the recent article I wrote about the largest fighting tournament here
Fornite – recently announced!
Will you end up dead at Tilted Towers or #1 Victory Royale? There will be free to play field along with a dedicated Fortnite stage!
Open 1v1 tournaments will be featured for anyone over 15 years on both days of the event.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Free-play area will also be open both days!
And of course, it wouldn’t be a festival without an expo hall of some sort!
The new Spider-Man game on PS4 will be available to play, along with other awesome titles at JB Hi Fi Game On Zone.
If you see me, don’t forget to say hi! I’ll be there on Sunday watching the OPL finals!
What are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!
Aim for the stars,