Sydney Gamers League Is Back... And I'll Be There

After a few tumultuous years, Sydney Gamers League is under new ownership and destined to return to its former glory. It doesn't hurt that this weekend's event from Sydney's largest LAN party is offering its largest ever assortment of prizes.

After a test event back in March, new owner Jackson “Casualty” Gray is ready to go full swing with the community events, starting this weekend.

Attempting to keep the emphasis on the gaming, over $20,000 in prizes are to be given out and the best teams encouraged to step up and be counted. The largest prizes are reserved for the usual suspects: Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Source, Modern Warfare (the first one, not the lame one), and DOTA.

But plenty of other - some quirky - competitions will take place, such as a midnight Texas Hold'em tournament, and a HDD throwing contest. More info about the competitions can be found here.

I'll be there MCing and giving out UFC 2010 gear, as well as hosting SGL's first Game-athlon, an event where each match consists of four genres and one winner.

New tech from Fluidtek, Logitech and Asus as well as newly released games will be on display, such as UFC 2010.

SGL 2.0 will run from noon this Saturday until Sunday afternoon at Macquarie University. It's a BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) event with 400 slots available, so if you want some low-latency gaming action and a great community, register here, hook your computer up to the network and I'll see you there!


    i'm assuming there's nothing like this for melbourne :(

      Non-Sydney people get the short end of the stick when it comes to gaming events, huh?

        Try Respsawn ( Although unfortunately it's not quite as competitive a scene as SGL, its the only big lan we have with decent competitions running. Just last night their server crashed because so many people tried to sign up when they opened regos lol

      Or Radelaide?

        Adelaide's got a gaming bar, don't whine

          I remember walking down Rundle St Mall once. At 10pm.

          And everything was already shut down...

            Not as bad as Hobart. Friday night, at 8pm, my friend and I can could only find one place to get some fast food. Out of 3 major "CBD" streets. Everything else was closed. Even all their shops like Myers and JB and stuff.

            Oh and Jung:
            "Modern Warfare (the first one, not the lame one),"
            Good to know I'm not the only one. :)


      I can appreciate that it's difficult to organize one of these events, but surely there's enough support to host one somewhere in Melbourne.

      Heck, I'd be happy with an Xbox 360 LAN if there are enough people.

        guys guys u guys keep complaining

        least you aren't on the other side of australia, which may as well be the other side of the earth LOL

      Next your we'll swap this with the Game-On! festival. Whaddya say?

      Melbourne's got dedicated bike lanes though. Getit...

    I wonder why RTS games have never really been popular in Australia, competitively speaking.

    Every local tournament like this always only concentrate on first person shooters like Counter Strike, Team Fortress and Modern Warfare. Unless you count DOTA (I don't), we don't see any real RTS games in there. No Starcraft or SC2, no SupCom, no "Age of" games, no Dawn of War.

    Do Aussies just not care about playing RTS games competitively? Hopefully this will change once Starcraft 2 is actually released. As someone who is more into playing competitive RTS games than FPS games (I enjoy my FPS, just not at a competitive level), I've been really disappointed the past few years of Australia's lack of interest in the area. Fighting games too, it seems, is a genre that's hugely competitively popular overseas that is under represented here.

      think of all the strategy that goes into becoming a decent player.

      with COD its just smash and grab, point and click

      with starcraft you have to know tech trees, how to counter, micro manage, macro your resources, keep upgrading, know your hotkeys to build stuff and units quickly, the list is endless.

      basically it takes remarkably less time to be proficient in an FPS than in a RTS.

        Having less dimensions does not necessarily make something easier to master. Both call for different skill sets.

    Anyone going?

    Get an SC2 Beta challenge going. Given that theres 4 days left.

    Oh wait, no LAN... Activision foils gaming again!

    Melbourne - (400 player lan)
    Adeliade - (500+ player lan) also have valhalla -
    Hobart - (120 player lan)

    There is plenty of lan's all over Australia.

    There is also alternatives in Sydney such as..
    SOGC - (100 player)
    Fragfest - (120 player)
    SMGL - (50 player)

    Have fun anyone who's going.
    I'm going to languish here in Perth, and study for my final ever university exams!

    I was one of the founders of this fair event and it makes me happy that it is no longer run by a commercial media organization.

    Yeah, i went Macq U to drop off some books @ 2am.
    And was freaked out by all the gamers... bloody awesome

    HAMISH nice prize


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