PAX Australia in collaboration with the Australian Cyber League (ACL) is excited to announce that ESL, the world’s premier eSports organisation, is for the first-time headed to this year’s PAX Australia in Melbourne. Staged over three full days in a massive, purpose built arena on the PAX Aus show floor, the ESL Arena will host one of Australia’s largest ever eSports events.

Featuring multiple games over the three days of the show, each with a significant prize pool, attendees can expect a diverse line up of eSports action on the show floor. The first title to be announced is SMITE presented by Hi-Rez Studios, with the Oceania Regional Championship finals scheduled for the Saturday. Playing before thousands of spectators, competing teams will vie for a share in a $50,000 plus cash prize pool with the winning team to represent the region at the SMITE 2016 World Championships in Atlanta, USA. The two other games to be featured in the ESL Arena at PAX Aus will be announced shortly.

“eSports has grown to become such a massive cornerstone of the gaming community over the last decade, it only made sense that it would eventually become a prominent part of PAX Aus,” said Guy Blomberg, PAX Content and Community Manager. “We want eSports in Australia specifically to be taken seriously as well, and this partnership with ESL and ACL Pro puts us all on the right track.”

“Here at the Australian Cyber League we have long been looking up to ESL as the global leader in the space, producing some of world’s best eSports events,” said Nick Vanzetti, Managing Director at ACL. “It makes great sense to bring the ESL Arena to such a prestigious gaming event as PAX Aus. This opportunity allows us to level up the current eSports offering and truly put our region on the map.”

PAX Australia will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 30 October to 1 November, 2015 during Melbourne International Games Week and is organised by ReedPOP in conjunction with Penny Arcade. Single day passes and 3 day international passes are still available and can be purchased online at www.paxaustralia.com.au/registration.

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