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If you were one of the lucky ones to attend the EB Expo over the weekend in Sydney, you may have seen eSports Alley and the eSports Arena. The Alley was a chance for players to try their hand at a handful of the biggest games, the likes of Smash Bros. and Mario Kart, in an environment that was both comfortable and threw out a few challenges to those willing to try. But it was the Arena, run by ESL Australia, that had a lot of people buzzing.
The ESL Australia ran three main tournaments over the weekend, the biggest being CS:GO featuring Legacy eSports, Onestop, Athletico and Avant Garde. The four teams fought it out in a single elimination tournament over the Friday and Saturday of EBExpo, with Athletico and Onestop beating out Avant Garde and Legacy in the semi-final rounds
Athletico eventually took out the tournament after a 2-1 victory over Onestop, in a tournament that will hopefully cement the scene in the eyes of expo attendees.
Super Smash Bros. took over the third day of the expo, a first for the ESL and Sydney Smash, with both Melee and Wii U edition tournaments held. A modest $2500 prize pool was on offer, though it most certainly wasn’t just about the prizes on offer, as competitors both new and professional fought it out in exhibition and friendly tournaments. The finals on Sunday aw Rainbow beat out all-comers in the Melee tournament, whilst Ghost took out the Smash Bros. Wii U tournament.
It’s fantastic to see a major expo run so many different yet exciting tournaments, considering its main attraction for many fans was to play some of the biggest upcoming releases early. Congrats to everyone involved, we all see it as a sign of bigger things to come.
Internationally, South American team INTZ has made a name for themselves in the early stages of the 2016 League of Legends Worlds, beating out Chinese champions EDward Gaming in its first group game. You can follow the highlights from that game below. The tournament itself is ongoing.
The Barclays centre in Brooklyn, New York has been playing host to one of the biggest CS:Go tournaments of the year, with a cool $US125,000 up for grabs for the winner. Team Liquid, SK Gaming, Virtus.pro and Natus Vincere made the semi-final stage, and we’ll add the winners here once the last stage of the tournament runs its course.
See any action over the weekend? What tournament has you most excited? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!