The precinct will feature interactive gamer experiences and a huge showcase of the latest esports technology – great news for the 560,000 esports fanatics across Victoria.
This year’s event will fill Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and the Melbourne Park Function Centre, with 10,000 people tipped to attend each day on top of a suite of top professional teams in action.
The Open will see a packed weekend schedule of top-level professional esports competition in arenas complete with giant video screens, full concert lighting and concert-level audio production.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren announced the deal, which will attract the world’s best gamers and thousands of visitors from interstate and overseas to our state.
The Open will strengthen Victoria’s credentials in the digital games industry and tap into one of the world’s fastest growing and lucrative markets, with an audience of over 385 million people.
It’s expected to generate up to $25 million for the Victorian economy over five years, supporting jobs and boosting local businesses.
The Melbourne Esports Open will take place on the first weekend of September 2018 – the bye weekend prior to the AFL Finals Series.