As part of a new weekly series here on Gaming For The Weekend, join me as I take a look at everything that happened in Australian esports last week, and everything you should be aware of in the week to come!
In probably the biggest Australian esports news of the week, it was the kick off of the Football Federation’s EA FIFA fueled esports tournament, the E-League. It’s also been revealed that the winner of the league will be representing the E-League at the FIFA eWorld Cup later this year, so the competition was fierce.
Round 1 happened on Thursday night and consisted of two matches, one on PS4 and one on Xbox, to ensure both players got to play on their native platform. Hopefully as a sign of things to come, round 1 picked up just shy of 138,000 views on Twitch, which is more than your average A-League match.
The inaugural night saw some thrilling matchups and you can view all the goalmouth action here. In terms of team results, Brisbane Roar defeated Melbourne Victory 4-3. A goal fest in the second game of Melbourne City vs Sydney FC saw Sydney take the win 5-4.
A second game rout saw the Western Sydney Wanderers FC demolish the Newcastle Jets 5-1. Peter Saisanas came to the rescue for Perth Glory turning a first game defeat to Wellington Phoenix into a 7-4 victory on aggregate. Last but not least, the Central Coast Mariners sailed to victory 3-2 against Adelaide FC after a second game winner.
Round two happens this Thursday at 8pm and you can catch the following matchups:
Central Coast Mariners vs Wellington Phoenix
Brisbane Roar vs Newcastle Jets
Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United
Perth Glory vs Melbourne City
Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers
You can watch the action live on Twitch, here.
The Oceanic Pro League (OPL) is at the mid point of the group stages, and it was a busy weekend that went well for some, and less well for others. On Friday, the first of the two games saw Legacy take the game to Avant, hoping to recover from their loss to the Chiefs in Week 4, but they ultimately lost 2-1. The Bombers then took on the reigning kings, the Dire Wolves, but were outclassed at every play, going down 2-0.
Between a rock and a hard place, the Bombers kicked off the action on Saturday by taking on league #2 Order. Order were out for blood after dropping a critical point to the Dire Wolves last week and wasted no time, clinching the set 2-0. The second game of the day saw Avant back in action in vying for position on the table with Chiefs, but the this time they came off second best as Chiefs try to catch up with their nemesis, the Dire Wolves.
Sin kicked off the action on Sunday by playing underdog to the rampant Dire Wolves and shernfire and the boys put in a solid team effort to predictably shut the game down 2-0. The second game of the day saw Legacy vs Tectonic, as they were hoping to turn their fortunes around after a bad run. With little bark and less bite, Tectonic didn’t put up much of a fight as Legacy went 2-0.
A great weekend for the Dire Wolves leaves them firmly in the lead with 16 points, but they can’t afford to relax, with Order only 3 points behind and the Chiefs out for blood on 12 points.
There’s more OPL action heading our way this weekend, with games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the schedule can be viewed here.
Friday will see a David and Goliath battle as Tectonic and Sin take on the Chiefs and Order. It will be critical for both Chiefs and Order not to lose points, but Tectonic and Sin will be giving it all they’ve got to cause an upset.
The first game of Saturday is a big game for Avant, they look to gain ground against Order and a win could tie them on points. The second game is no slouch either as Legacy will hope to topple the Dire Wolves, which could put them second on points. As shernfire said in the post game interview on the weekend, Dire Wolves sole aim right now is not to drop points, so this will no doubt be a nail biter.
Sunday sees the Chiefs no doubt looking to pick up 3 points against Sin and at the bottom of the table, Tectonic and the Bombers will battle as both teams try to turn their tide of bad luck. All eyes will be on both teams to see if they can show an improvement in form.
After being off last week because of the Six Invitational, the Rainbow Six ANZ Cup is back in full swing this week.
Going into this week, Taboo leads the way in Group A on 12 points, with ViewSonic.Dark Sided and Zero Gaming hot on their heels on 9 points. Group B is currently topped by SYFGaming and Mindfreak.R6S on 12 points each with Athletico chasing on 9 points.
Make sure you get in on the action, as there are some big games going down this Wednesday. Group A will see ViewSonic.Darksided will take on Taboo, hoping to close the 3 point gap between them. Not to be outdone, Group B will see Athletico tackle SYFGaming, as they’ll be hoping to close the 3 point gap, but SYFGaming will be hoping to break ahead of Mindfreak, so it’s set to be a scorcher.
The action takes place on Wednesday and Thursday from 7pm onwards and you can catch the action live on Twitch here.
Not to be outdone, there’s also CS:Go, Rocket League and Street Fighter action happening in the final week of the GFinity Australia’s Challenger Series, which gives up and coming gamers the chance to test their mettle in the GFinity Elite Series that happens later this year.
There are games happening on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 19:30 AEDT and while I couldn’t find official casting or streaming of the games, the GFinity Twitter is retweeting participants that are streaming play over Twitch. You can find more info on CS:Go here, Rocket League here and Street Fighter here.
Last but not least, there is Hearthstone action happening in Sydney on the 24th and the 25th. For more info around it, keep an eye on the Blizzard Esports Twitter and you can catch the action on Twitch, here.