Whether you are PUBG, Fortnite, Overwatch, CS:GO or even League of Legends it’s hard not to notice all the attention online gaming has been getting in the last few weeks. With even the major sporting teams inside of Australia buying and selling eSports teams of their own the sport is on the rise.
But what if you want to kick up a notch from spectator to competitor in eSports but don’t know how? Then you are in luck as from Monday the 16th of April until Sunday the 22nd of April (all of next week) the Microsoft Flagship store in Sydney is transforming into an eSports Academy. Teaming up with ESL the week long event will have a series of competitors, shoutcasters and all around veterans of the sport providing insight into how to get more out of it.
The booking site is open now for you to join one of the sessions with speakers based on availability but from what we do know some of the speakers include:
- Danny ‘DK’ Kim is a professional host and commentator covering games such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Rainbow Six Siege both locally and on the global stage
- Jayke ‘Jayke’ Paulsen is a professional League of Legends player and is the starting support and team captain of Avant Gaming who competes in the Oceanic Pro League
- Rohan ‘Brucy’ Bruce is a former semi-professional Counter-Strike player and former professional coach
- Laura ‘Saerianne’ Scott is an interviewer and host for The Oceania Pro League and ESL Australia broadcasts
- Iain ‘SnypeR’ Turner was a former Australian Counter Strike: Global Offensive, now professional analyst and commentator
- and gaming community manager at the Sydney flagship Microsoft Store Max Ferfoglia co-owner of esports team Dark Sided and
Each session will also include the opportunity for Q&A to let attendees ask more direct questions from those already on the inside. To find out more about each session you can head to the schedule site and book your spot.
The eSports Academy is the first Microsoft eSports partnered event at their flagship store but we fully expect to see more as part of a commitment to eSports and online gaming globally. Especially considering Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Mixer.