Sydney Gamers League Is Back… And I’ll Be There

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!

Comments

  • 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.

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

    Oh wait, no LAN… Activision foils gaming again!

  • Melbourne – http://www.respawn.com.au (400 player lan)
    Adeliade – http://www.reloadedlan.org (500+ player lan) also have valhalla – http://www.valhalla.net.au
    Hobart – http://lan.dark-media.net (120 player lan)

    There is plenty of lan’s all over Australia.

    There is also alternatives in Sydney such as..
    SOGC – http://www.sogc.org.au (100 player)
    Fragfest – http://www.fragfest.com.au (120 player)
    SMGL – http://www.smgl.com.au (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

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