Gfinity Esports Australia has revealed the final three clubs competing in their inaugural Elite Series, with Perth and Brisbane scoring teams and Sydney snagging a second.
The Elite series will launch at Sydney's Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park on June 2nd. There we'll see the six teams compete for the first time — Melbourne Avant, Sydney Chiefs and Melbourne Order will be joined by the Brisbane Deceptors, Perth Ground Zero and the Sydney Roar.
Perth's Ground Zero has been working hard to compete in the scene for a while now, making a name for themselves across an array of sports. Brisbane's Deceptors and Sydney's Roar will be wholly owned by Gfinity however — new entrants to the scene, and an opportunity to show-off the Elite Series' drafting system undoubtedly.
“Sydney and Melbourne are arguably the most prominent sporting cities in Australia, but we know how fervent Western Australians and Queenslanders are when it comes to their local sporting clubs," said Dominic Remond, Gfinity Esports Australia’s CEO. "Gfinity Esports Australia is about presenting a national competition for esports fans and players, and we’re proud to offer Perth and Brisbane based fans their own clubs to support come June.
"Australian sport has a history of state owned teams, most recently with the A-League’s Western Sydney Warriors, who were hugely successful on an off field under the ownership of ruling body Football Federation Australia. Creating opportunities for new talent to realise their potential is a key part of all sport. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of that experience within cricket for a long time. Esports is something special, and we’ve been able to work with the existing community to help build a framework and new franchises where promising players from all genders and walks of life have a pathway to play professionally.”
It's exciting to see the Elite Series come together, although I'm surprised that Adelaide didn't secure a team — there's an awesome scene for esports down near the bite. Perhaps they'll join the party as an expansion team later on. Which team will you be going for when the Gfinity AU Elite Series begins?
Joab Gilroy is an Australian-based freelancer that specialises in competitive online games and chicken dinner acquisition. You can tweet at him here.