Sydney’s Biggest Gaming LAN Finds New Home

Sydney’s Biggest Gaming LAN Finds New Home

LAN party enthusiasts will be relieved to hear that after an initial gloomy forecast over the fate of Sydney’s largest LAN event, the Sydney Gamers’ League (SGL) has found a new owner and will reopen its doors to local gamers.

The SGL announced on their website yesterday that they would recommence holding regular LAN party events once the new owner is officially announced sometime next week.

The league, which ran its last LAN party in May of this year, had been out of action for the past three months after an announcement on their website that they were looking to sell the event to someone who would be keen to run and manage it.

After no offers were made, they announced on their website that it was “D-Day” for the SGL.

The owner of CBN Media, Charlie Brown, who bought the SGL back in 2007, told Kotaku that the sale of the event was due to a change in his business’ direction.

“When we purchased the event back in 2007, our business saw an opportunity to run and promote it, and also run video game promotions – it worked really well. But our business this year took a different direction and we decided to sell the event,” he said.

Brown said that the best people to run the LAN party was the LAN community because they have the passion for gaming and are willing to do it even if no profits can be made.

“It’s not a profitable opportunity. It needs a community to run it. The community will invest the time and love that the LAN event needs,” he said.

“It takes a lot of time and, from a business perspective, when everyone is giving up their time it can become expensive. It requires a lot of support from tech companies as well. The gaming community are going to be doing it for the love and not charging $20/hr. I wouldn’t say it could be made profitable but it can pay for itself to be run and it can pay for upgrades if it’s run well.”

Brown also spoke about how valuable the SGL would be to potential buyers because the LAN attendees were a perfect test market for hardware and technology companies.

“If you look at the event, you have 200-300 people coming every 2-3 months. They’re all really tech-savvy and are a good test market – they’re a good focus group.”

Kotaku will be following this story as more information is made available.

So will any of you be heading down to the SGL once it starts up again?



  • Lucky them! I still remember the good times of QGL LANs up in brissy, lots of jolt, pizza and stupidity for a day & a bit straight.. Then they stopped and there hasn’t been much in the way of things to replace it since 🙁

  • We are not QGL and certainly don’t claim to be but LanSmash in Brisbane is still going strong, over two days last LAN we racked up nearly 200 people in our new venue and it’s still growing each event.

    This is now a mix of PC and Console.

    We host Counter Strike, TF2, Left4Dead, Halo 3, Smash Bros: melee and brawl, Street Fighter 4. That said there’s plenty of other games that are played, but that’s a pretty good wrap up of the most popular. We even have GameStah shoutcasting.

    Full Disclaimer of course – I am a LanSmash Admin

  • How does a lan of 200 people work? I usually lan with a group of friends and hte biggest weve had is around 20 people playing cod4 tf2 and warcraft 3 mods, but everyone gets to play the same thing at the same time :S. 200… you woulndt know who your playing with, isnt it hte same as playing on teh interwebs?

    • Nah you know who you are playing against, if not you can stand up and ask, someone will know. We try to encourage the community aspect, it won’t take long for you to feel one of the crew.

      We always have a few casual servers running of all the games up, but generally games are played in waves. So people will be playing TF2 then some one will announce a DotA game, at which time the TF2 die hards will keep playing, and 2-3 DotA games will begin at varying levels of ability. We used to run a timetable for this but have found the natural flow of the games keep things in order and lets people play what they want to play.

      For each of the games above we have a dedicated time slot where we run for instance a TF2 double elimination 3v3 Arena Comp. This is where you’ll really get to know people though as you’ll be facing off against your opponent and in good gentlemanly spirit shaking hands post match.

      I find there’s something great about the LAN atmosphere where you can yell at each other and cheer together when you finally push the cart up the final hill then do a dance rubbing it in for the opposing team.

  • tbh, i got sick of going to SGL, and started going to SOGC instead, which was run out of Mosman RSL in Sydney, but apparently has moved, due to needing more space for bigger numbers.

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