[p]The eSports scene is turning out to be huge in 2010. So far this year we have seen the Alienware clan challenge, MSI's CyberGamer Counter-Strike: Source Championship, and a plethora of locally organised LAN events across Australia.
Roughly, as a total shot in the dark, this amounts to well over $100,000 in prizes been offered to competitors, and if you follow Sydney Gamers League's motto then bystanders as well.
To give you an idea of what is coming up, in Sydney alone, for the rest of this year:
Tomorrow Sydney Gamers League is offering up to $20,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, for people of all skill levels in games like Counter-Strike: Source, Heroes of Newerth, Team Fortress 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and many more!
Prizes sound great, but it's cold outside and you'd rather stay at home, right? Well maybe this will make you think it is really worth while for you to lug your PC all the way to a LAN event.
Thanks to ASUS and NVIDIA, Sydney Gamers League (SGL) will be the first public showing of the state of the art, 3D Vision Surround Beta in the world! This new technology develops on the previous NVIDIA Surround and 3-Dimensional technology to provide "3D gaming across three 1080p displays for a breathtaking experience". Combined with the imminent release of the ASUS 1080p 120Hz VG236H - 3D Vision Ready, with an RRP of $999, and you can earn one by competing in the ASUS Need for Speed 3D Vision Surround Beta competition.
Coupled with this, ASUS is showing off its latest and greatest graphics card, the ASUS Ares, and with a price tag of $1999, this card packs a mighty punch! This beast is the sequel to the popular ASUS Mars, and is so powerful, only 1 000 were made, and you can be one of the first Australian's to see its force at SGL!
You can see these technologies at "SGL the Third" this weekend (3rd/4th July) at Macquarie University and register for the event [a href="http://www.sgl.org.au"]here[/a].
Entry is $40, and tickets will be available at the door.
Also starting from September 1st, Thermaltake and Tte Sports in conjunction with Anyware Computer Accessories and netGameRadio, are hosting a 16-week long Counter-Strike: Source tournament at City Hunter Internet CafÃ© in Sydney.
With a total prize pool of $14,500 available at no entry fee for any teams, this is set to be one of the biggest locally organised Counter-Strike: Source events for the year.
Each week teams will be able to win a share of $500 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. At the end of the 16-week period, qualifying teams will be able to play for a final prize of $6,500 with $5,000 going to 1st place. More details can be found [a href="http://www.netgameradio.com/news/gamingnews/thermaltake-esports-counter-strike-source-14500-competition"]here[/a]
Interested in taking your eSports to the next level? then I encourage you to step outside and head over to a LAN event, you can socialise with fellow gamers, participate in events and competitions, and show off your skills.
I hope everyone who participates in these events enjoys themself! [/p]