What’s happening in Australian eSports: February 2017

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    CS:GO: ZEN League 
    The $100,000 ZEN League held its offline Australian qualifers in January, with four of the nation’s top teams qualifying. While it is unclear who some of their Asian opposition will be, the league will start in February.

    Specific information concerning league dates and team announcements will be released via ESL Australia’s Twitter and website over the coming weeks.

    CS:GO: CyberGamer Pro League Autumn 2017
    The first of three pro leagues that will be held over the course of the year (Autumn, Winter, Spring), CPGL Autumn boasts a $10,001 prize pool and eight of Australia’s top teams playing in online Bo2s.

    The top two teams of every CGPL will qualify for the CG Championship, held in November. In the meantime, February will see Weeks 1-4 of CGPL Autumn play, with two games scheduled every Sunday and Monday nights from 7pm and 9pm (AEDT). All the matches will be streamed live at Twitch.

    CS:GO: ESL Australia’s ANZ League Season 1
    Recently announced, the ANZ League will feature 8 of Australia’s top teams not present at the ZEN League. Six teams have been directly invited, with two more qualifying through closed qualifiers.

    While the LAN finals to see who will play for their share of the $10k prize pool will happen down the track, the 7 week online portion of the league begins February 27th and the closed qualifiers can be seen on the 18th and 19th. Games will be held every Monday and Thursday night on ESL Australia’s twitch channel.

    CS:GO: AU ESEA Premier
    Another online league, ESEA Premier brings together 17 OCE sides over the course of eight weeks of play. Each week will feature a specific map for all the teams to play on, with the winner qualifying for the ESEA Global Challenge in America.

    The easiest way to keep up with the premier action is to follow the calendar on the ESEA site. Week 1 games are scheduled on the first and second, and will be streamed by members of the community, including this Twitch channel.

    CS:GO: WPGI Female League
    Australia’s first female only league, and hosted by the newly minted AEMG (Australian Esports Media Group) the $10,000 league has advanced Australian female CS by leaps and bounds.

    Six teams are competing over the course of an online league, which began on January 22 and will continue until the grand finals on March 5. Weeks 3-5 will be held every Thursday (5th, 12th, 19th) from 6pm (AEDT) on PGTV Twitch with semi-finals likely held in late February.

    Overwatch: Oceanic Summer Series
    Hosted by Full Circle, the online Oceanic Summer Series tournament will see 16 Australian Overwatch teams and eight Southeast Asian sides battling for their share of the $10,000 prize pool. The qualifiers for the tournament will see four teams with direct invites and 12 who qualify through three rounds of open qualifiers and one wildcard qualifier.

    The tournament will be a big step up for Australian Overwatch, as the scene starts to set their sites on events bigger than just weekly cups.

    The main groups will be on February 18 and 19, and the finals will be held on the following weekend, February 25th and 26.

    All the games will be streamed live on those dates at 12pm (AEDT) at Heroesleaguetv Twitch.

    League of Legends: Weeks 3-5 of OPL Split 1
    Hosted by Riot Australia, the OPL got off to a strong start with Legacy and Chiefs topping their groups over Weeks 1-2. The action will continue in February with regular split play in weeks 3-5 every Saturday and Sunday, with the games being held at 2pm and 5pm (AEDT) here.

    Smite: Smite Oceanic Pro League
    Season 4 of SMITE has expanded beyond its usual borders to also include an Oceanic league hosted by the developers, HiRez. Split One will boast a $10,000 prize pool, along with the top team qualifying for the SMITE Masters event in Atlanta, where they’ll be competing for $120,000.

    The open bracket qualifiers start on February 11, with the actual pro league beginning a week later on the 18th. There will be six teams in the OPL, with the seven-week-long online league being broadcast on HiRezTV’s Twitch every Saturday and Sunday at 7pm (AEDT).

    Paladins: Paladins Oceania Masters qualifier
    The Paladins Masters LAN, which will take place in the USA, features an OCE spot. The qualification for this spot will see four teams playing in a round-robin over the course of three weeks, with the top two teams playing in a Bo7 for their share of an $8000 prize pool and a trip to America.

    There are three open qualifiers, on February 6, 13 and 20, with the winner of each qualifying for the round robin, to join Abyss eSports who received a direct invite.

    The round robin itself will take place from February 27 until March 13, with all these main games being streamed on hireztv’s Twitch every Monday at 7pm (AEDT).

    Rocket League: ESL Australia’s ANZ League Season 1
    Rocket League is the new title to be a part of the ANZ League and comes in with a $7.5k prize pool and the prospect of a LAN finals after weeks of online play. 6 teams will be in participation, with four qualifying through closed brackets, while two qualify through open ones.

    The league will officially start February 28th with the closed qualifier being on the 14th and the two open ones taking place on the 19th and 25th of February. The action will be stream live on ESL Australia’s twitch channel.

    Rocket League: CyberGamer Rocket League Pro League
    Although the details are yet to be fully finalised, it is expected that a double elimination FFYI (fight for your invite) will take place early February on the 8th and 9th for the GCRLPL’s start on the 15th of January.

    The league will most likely culminate in a LAN at GC’s studios in April, that will coincide with the CoD and CS:GO finals as well.

    The Pro League will be streamed by community members, as well as CG’s official twitch stream.