Melbourne, Australia, 1 August 2019 – ESL and TEG Live have today announced that Overwatch LeagueTM team, Washington Justice, will become the first team in the League to play an international exhibition match, joining the winners of OverwatchTM Contenders Australia 2019 Season 2 at the Melbourne Esports Open™ on 1 September.
Six world-class Overwatch League players from Washington Justice, as well as coaching and team staff,will be travelling to Melbourne to participate in signing sessions, team meet and greets, and a special exhibition match.
After the conclusion of the Overwatch Contenders Australia Grand Final on 1 September, players from the Washington Justice will join members of the winning team, forming two “All-Star” line-ups and participating in a thrilling five map mixed exhibition match.
“The Justice is thrilled to have the opportunity to meet fans and play an exhibition match with the talented competitors in Australia. With the demands of our competitive schedule, it’s not often we get travel outside our region, so we’re looking forward to everything Melbourne and its local fans have in store.” said Aaron “PRE” Heckman, Assistant General Manager – Washington Justice.
“Being able to showcase a top-tier international team like the Washington Justice at this year’s Melbourne Esports Open is a massive win for the event.” said Nick Vanzetti, SVP, Managing Director – ESL Asia-Pacific Japan. “I’ll be in the crowd cheering for our local representatives, and encourage every Overwatch® fan in Australia to attend this historic exhibition match.”
Two Days Full of Esports Content
As well as the Overwatch Contenders Australia 2019 Season 2 Finals, the Melbourne Esports Open will feature open tournaments in more than 15 titles for fans to compete in across Melbourne & Olympic Parks, with popular battle royale, trading card,and fighting game tournaments confirmed so far. Attendees will also have the chance to experience The Monster, the largest inflatable obstacle course in the southern hemisphere, on Grand Slam Oval. Tickets are on sale now via MelbourneEsportsOpen.com.au.
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For more information, contact:
Rebecca Wallisch | PPR
M +61 450 965 154
Alex Blaikie | ESL Australia
M +61 401 947 878
Jordan Cameron | Blizzard Entertainment
M +61 403 000 865
Follow the Melbourne Esports Open on social media: @MelbEsportsOpen
ABOUT WASHINGTON JUSTICE:
Established in 2018 as part of season 2’s franchise expansion, the Washington Justice participates in the South Atlantic division, and is one of twenty teams currently competing in Overwatch League. Owned by businessman and entrepreneur Mark Ein of Washington Esports Ventures, the organisation has deep roots in the Washington DC, and is the exclusive Overwatch franchise for Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC.
ABOUT VISIT VICTORIA:
Visit Victoria is the State of Victoria’s primary tourism, business and major events company, leading the sector in creating, curating and communicating Victoria’s inspiring experiences to maximise visitation. Established in July 2016, Visit Victoria brings the best of Tourism Victoria, Victorian Major Events Company and Melbourne Convention Bureau under one brand that capitalises on commercial opportunities in an increasingly competitive and dynamic global tourism market. The team operates in a collaborative and agile environment that informs, connects and partners with industry and the Victorian State Government to amplify Victoria’s profile.
ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world’s largest esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (www.eslgaming.com).
ABOUT TEG LIVE:
TEG Live is wholly owned by TEG, Asia Pacific’s leading ticketing, live entertainment and data analytics company. TEG Live is a dynamic and diverse promoter of live content in music, sport, family entertainment, esports and exhibitions. TEG Live connects millions of fans every year with unique live experiences and adds value to events with hospitality and sponsorship services. For more information, visit: http://www.teglive.com.au
ABOUT JB HI-FI:
Hi-Fi is Australia’s Largest Home Entertainment Retailer. Famous for
low prices, the biggest brands and genuine personal service from our
experienced specialist staff. JB Hi-Fi has a huge range of products across
Consumer Electronics, Home Appliances, DVD and Blu-Ray, Music, Console and PC
ABOUT FAIRFAX EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
Fairfax Events & Entertainment produces a portfolio of major events with an expanding calendar of culture, entertainment, food, sporting, business and family events attracting millions of participants each year. Fairfax Events & Entertainment partners with key stakeholders including advertisers, sponsors, charities, community groups, participants, sporting and government bodies. Some examples of the Fairfax Events are The Sun Herald City2Surf, Good Food Month, Night Noodle Markets, The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and American Express Open Air Cinemas.
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