Gfinity Esports Australia has entered an exclusive partnership with Twitch that will see every match from Season 1 of the 2018 Gfinity Elite Series Australia broadcast exclusively on the streaming platform.
Kicking off on June 2nd, the Australian version of the Elite Series will be presented by Alienware and will be broadcast on Gfinity Australia’s Twitch profile.
The Gfinity Elite Series Australia sees six city-based clubs battle it out across multiple titles, including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League, and Street Fighter V. The competition will span over seven weeks.
Dominic Remond, CEO of Gfinity Esports Australia stated the following regarding the deal: “We are very excited to be partnering with Twitch as the home of the inaugural Gfinity Elite Series Australia. We know they have a highly engaged audience and are the preferred platform for the esports community in Australia. They will bring the action from the tournament, and the dynamism of our live audience, to the fans at home and those across the country who are unable to attend the events at the arena in Sydney.”
The teams involved in the upcoming league are Brisbane Deceptors, Melbourne Order, Sydney Roar, Sydney Chiefs, Perth Ground Zero, and Melbourne Avant Gaming.
Lewis Mitchell, Partnerships Associate for Australia and New Zealand for Twitch also commented: “Esports in Australia and New Zealand is growing at a phenomenal pace. We are happy to be part of the next step in the Gfinity Elite Series Australia. Our partnership with Gfinity Esports Australia will bring all viewers together in the one place they feel most at home as they enjoy the competition with other like-minded fans.”
Not only is Alienware presenting Gfinity Elite Series Australia, it is the official technology partner of the 2018 season alongside Logitech.
Esports Insider says: With the third season of the original Gfinity Elite Series being broadcast exclusively on Facebook (alongside gfinityesports.com), this announcement is at once surprising and entirely unsurprising. On the one hand, you’d expect the Australian counterpart to follow suit on deals of this magnitude, but on the other hand fans have been incredibly critical of esports streams on the social media giant. Twitch, for now at least, continues to be where the majority of esports fans from across titles prefer to watch content.