4 December 2017 - 00:16

Gfinity Australia is set to host one of the largest prize pools in Australian esports history

The "Big Bash League of Aussie esports" starts this week.
Photo via Gfinity Australia

New information about the inaugural Gfinity Australia 2018 season was revealed earlier today.

Gfinity Australia competitors will battle for their share in a $450,000 prize pool in titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League, and Street Fighter V.

This will be the "biggest ever domestic league of competitive video games in Australia," according to Gfinity Australia.

Players can now register to compete in the inaugural Gfinity Australia Challenger Series. The preseason begins on Dec. 4, while the Challenger Series regular season will start on Jan. 7 and run into March. These players will battle for $15,000 in prize money each month.

Related: The Gfinity Elite Series is expanding to Australia

"The Challenger Series is designed as an integrated, grassroots support platform, which is frequently seen in traditional sports, and is key to the development of Australian esports," said incoming Gfinity Australia CEO Dominic Remond.

Following the conclusion of the Challenger Series, the top players will have an opportunity to be drafted by one of the Elite Series professional franchises. There will be six franchises—each representing a major Australian city—and they'll compete in two Elite Series seasons in 2018, each lasting seven weeks.

This is a huge step in the right direction for the Australian esports scene, as competitive video games look to gain more popularity in the region.

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