The newly built studios in Adelaide will play host to the Cyber Gamer Premier League Winter finals later this month. The Premier League is a Counter-Strike: Global-Offensive tournament between some of the best teams in the oceanic region. This event will celebrate the conclusion of the Cyber Gamer Australian Counter-Strike competition and will run from the 22nd-23rd of July. The finals feature the four best Australian CS:GO teams from this season including Dark Sided, Grayhound, Tainted Minds and the favourites, Chiefs. Counter-Strike fans may recognise Chiefs from Intel Extreme Masters Sydney earlier this year, as the Australian qualifier team. Unfortunately they did not make it past the group stages and were knocked out by OpTic Gaming, who went on to play in the finals, placing 4th. Chiefs eSports team’s total earnings adds up to $36,637 from a number of minor, major and premier tournaments, $7,500 of that coming from their time in IEM Sydney, placing 5th. They have won two previous Cyber Gamer minor tournaments since 2015 and hope to do the same this time around. The chiefs return with the lineup below left to right of Josh ‘INS’ Potter, Alistair ‘aliStair’ Johnston, the captain Tyler ‘tucks’ Reilly, Peter ‘Pecks’ Nguyen and Liam ‘malta’ Schembri for the winter season of the Cyber Gamer Premier League 2017.
The Cyber Gamer studios have already seen tournaments from games such as Overwatch and Call of Duty, with the Smite finals also being held at this event. Located in Adelaide, SA, it shows the eSports community spreads far and wide across Australia rather than being focused all in Sydney. Local fans hope to see more and more tournaments and events held in their home city that also shows the growth of Australian eSports. The Prize money for events such as these continues to rise as eSports gain more recognition and as the community increases exponentially. Back in April the Cyber Gamer studios played host to the Cyber Gamer OCE circuit for Overwatch and saw an $11,000 prize pool. The premier league prize pool is over $30,000 which, for Australian eSports, is highly competitive. It may not match up to the world scale with the most recent Counter-Strike tournament, ESL One Cologne in Germany, dishing out a $250,000 prize. The Major tournaments, like the PGL tournament coming up on the 21st-23rd of July in Poland, which will make for a huge weekend of Counter-Strike, will see $1 million in prize money as all the Majors now participate in since 2016. However, at this rate Australia is well on their way to catching the rest of the world.
The top two teams will be invited to the Cyber Gamer Premier League Championships later this year in November but first they must battle it out against the best in Australia on the 22nd and 23rd of July. Tickets are available to see the LAN live in Adelaide at Good Time Tickets, which includes a community barbecue at the new studios. Find out more information at the Cyber Gamer website.