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Esports Event Report: ACL Pro Melbourne

Here is the long form version of the report prepared for Good Game on Australian Cyber League‘s Melbourne event which took place on the 10th and 11th of August.  I also submitted a short version which was the basis for the item that aired.

I detail some background on how the reporting with Good Game came about in my previous article here, and you can view the segment here.

In our first report on the top events in the Australian esports scene, Australian Cyber League held its second major event of the year, in Melbourne last weekend.

Over 400 players and spectators gathered for League of Legends, Starcraft 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops, with the 220 competitors vying to take a share in over 18,000 of prizes.

The event was defined by new blood challenging top players, with unsigned LOL team Wobbly Bears shocked the field with powerful team play and make it the final with Team Immunity.  However the winners of the PAX Riot event held firm, showing why they’ll be representing Australia in Germany later this year.

Starcraft favourite Moonglade fell victim to teammate Rossi during regular rounds, but it was another Zerg player, Iaguz, with outstanding micro skills and command over the TVZ (Terran vs Zerg) matchup, who pushed through the base of runner up Petraeus to claim top spot.

Finally, in a nailbiting COD:BO final, newcomers Capital Punishment created a sensational near upset, taking highly touted, Team Immunity to the limit. A clutch comeback after losing 3 flag carriers in the capture the flag round granted victory in a match where a split second difference would have meant defeat.

After climbing the points ladder over the season, players can now look forward to ACLPro’s Sydney National final later this year.

Datapoints:

I interviewed ACL CEO Nick Vanzetti for some hard and fast data on the event, then talked with players and team managers for insight into the key moments of each tournament. Thanks to Derek Reball of team NV in particular for his COD insights, and a special thanks to ACL stream master JB Hewitt for being a consummate professional and supplying great raw footage of the event

General Questions:

What is the overall prize pool?

18,000 total pool

ACL Melbourne is the 2nd major of the year.  What event does this lead to?

Sydney finals late October (Now confirmed for Oct 19-20 – Event details here)

ACL runs on a points based system?

Players that have accrued enough points will play off at the Sydney national championship finals

What is the next event?

When is the final?

See above.

Does a win here add to international standing?

No – not linked to an international event.

What can new players get out of their tournament experience at ACL?

Pool play means every participant is guaranteed to play a minimum number of games

Open entry means everyone gets a chance to play into the finals

Key takeouts from the event:

Call of duty – upsets

Lol team finals, one of the teams was put together as just a group of friends in the last few weeks

Not aligned with any organization

New blood have been showing the top tier can be beaten

Attendance 220

With spectators 400

Beat attendance record for COD and Sc2

Specific Game info:

LOL

winner – Team Immunity

Runner up – Wobbly Bears – A team made up of players pulled together by young player Matt, who wasn’t old enough to go with Team Immunity overseas.  Amazing synergy in a short space of time.

Recent record of winner – Immunity won pax riot event and going to Germany

COD

winner – Team Immunity

Runner up – capital punishment

Clutch moment – “Literal clutch, 3 flag carriers relay-died right on top of the winning capture. Split second difference and it went the other way”

Recent record of winner – Team immunity have dominated recent COD events and were the favourite

Next COD event – CyberGamer COD PC invitiational, end of August.

SC2

winner – Iaguz

Runner up – Petraeus

Clutch moment – Iaguz pushed his base with marines and mines, outdid the micro battle with mines marines and nedvacs

Key skill of winner -strong tvz throughout, great multitask

Recent record of winner – went to IEM Singapore and solid performance in group of death

Next  event – WCS world finals/ACL Sydney

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Esports reporting for Good Game

Good Game is Australia’s longest running dedicated video game show, and the only one that runs on a national free to air network.  Deservedly, it’s becoming an institution much like “At The Movies” is for film reviews.  GG is definitely review focused, but it’s long had a good news and features element, and always delivers with a good sense of humour and fun.

From time to time GG has covered competitive gaming events or eSports, but hasn’t found a way to do so consistently.  Other than being a fan of the show and watching it to see an Australian perspective on gaming, I’ve also taken special interest in events coverage, and I’ve a little personal history on that count too.  I was interviewed on the show once upon a time in 2007, after winning the Dead or Alive 4 Championship at World Cyber Games – Watch it here.

So when I saw GG airing a section of their PAX panel where they expressed interest in esports coverage, but not being sure “how” to do it, I sent a message to exec producer Janet Carr, offering to help.  Janet, a good sport, followed it up and I made a pitch. It turns out we had similar ideas.

We discussed a simple way to include esports/competitive gaming through a fairly topline “sports report” section as part of the news segment, based on results, top players, and key moments.  I offered to provide copy and would work with events to provide footage.  This seemed like the best format for the show, given the time constraints of the news segment. The straightforward approach focusing on event results keeps it manageable from a freelance perspective, and seems to bring a benefit to the end result too, by treating Australian events as-is without having to puff anything up.

The timing was perfect, given an event I was familiar with was coming up. For the first report I worked with Australian Cyber League on their 2013 Melbourne event to trial with the new format.  Knowing the team that runs ACL, and that they are great particularly with video content, I got in touch and worked out a plan to obtain footage.  Then, I attended the event, and thanks to the input of players, team managers and the ACL team, I gathered the key info I needed.  For your interest, I’ve posted the longer form draft of my report here

So it’s great to be able to contribute to the show, and the GG team combining the report I handed in and the footage with their signature flair. The material and the event was treated seriously, with an engaging and amusing read from presenter Steven “Bajo” O’Donnell.

You can watch the first esports report for Good Game here

The segment came together really well, and based on the positive reaction, there will definitely be more.

What comes next? Feedback, and Coverage of upcoming events

I’m in regular contact with event organisers and will be targeting future events to compile reports for Good Game.  If you want to bring an event to my attention or just get in contact, you can tweet me on @BerzerkDC or email me berzerkdc [at] gmail [dot] com