For the first time, the State Theatre in Sydney is hosting a League of Legends eSports tournament from July 2-5. Event Hospitality and Entertainment (EVENT) is joining forces with Riot to host the international tournament they are calling Rift Rivals. League of Legends is played by over 100 million active users worldwide and the best teams across Oceania, Japan and Southeast Asia will compete in this four day event.

Tickets will sell quickly as this premiere event is attracting viewers from across the Asian-Pacific. Players like Oceania’s Shern “Shernfire” Tai from Dire Wolves, Japan’s Kyohei “Ceros” Yoshida from DetonatioN FocusMe, and SEA’s Nuttapong “G4” Menkasikan from Ascension Gaming will battle for glory, bragging rights and to see who holds the ultimate balance of power in the region.

Mineski at Rift Rivals 2017. Source: Event

Daniel Ringland, Head of Oceanic Esports at Riot Games said: “Bringing Rift Rivals to this spectacular live venue on home turf would not be possible without EVENT. We know how important live tournaments are for our fans; they bring us together to share in the thrill of watching League of Legends played at the very highest level. The fact it’s Oceania’s three best teams competing is just icing on the cake.”

EVENT General Manager of Entertainment, Luke Mackey said: “The EVENT team are passionate about bringing fans together for shared cultural and entertaining experiences. We are delighted to provide the League of Legends community a place to gather and compete on an international stage. This tournament is just the beginning of our esports offering, and we look forward to bringing more gaming events to our cinema and theatre audiences in the future.”

Tickets go on sale Friday June 1 for $49. VIP tickets will also be available, offering keen fans meet-and-greet access to on-air talent and pros as well as the opportunity to play a game on the Rift Rivals stage. For more information including schedules, on-ground activations and ticketing information visit statetheatre.com.au

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