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School esports tournament celebrates its grand final this weekend

School esports contest has its grand final in Perth this weekend.

Perth eSports fans send a huge message as Australia’s first ever National Championship sells out!

The gaming passions of an evolving Australian youth eSports community will come together in front of a capacity crowd for the grand final of the Flaktest Gaming National League of Legends Championship tomorrow at Hale School in Perth.

Since March, more than 150 students from around Australia have formed teams of five to represent their schools in League of Legends, an online strategy game, for the right to win a trip to Perth to compete in the Grand Final. The matches have been run by the Flaktest Gaming team, and broadcast on Twitch and YouTube complete with shoutcasting (commentary) and analysis.

Today, those two championship teams will fly into Perth and make their way to a pre-championship dinner before getting a good night’s sleep in preparation for a best of three showdown in front of 400 screaming fans at Hale’s John Invaririty stadium tomorrow!

Pete Curulli, a mad gamer and anchor of Mix 94.5’s Lisa and Pete show will be hosting the event, but as Flaktest Gaming’s CCO and anchor of the shoutcasting team, has always known a sellout was inevitable.

“We’re so proud of how Perth has embraced youth eSports but also not surprised as we know the demand is there from what we’ve seen in the past 3 years at Flaktest! Until now, major gaming championships have only been reserved for viewing on twitch and YouTube for Australian audiences. We’re hell bent on changing this and this is a fantastic reaction to a world class opportunity! Our goal is to pack out Perth Stadium within 7 years, and thanks to Hale – this is an amazing start!”

Flaktest Gaming is also proud to announce that Riot Games has allowed them an exclusive opportunity with the full roster of champions being available, and the Grand Final match being played on their tournament servers – traditionally reserved for the best players, and the biggest matches, in the world.

The Flaktest Gaming National League of Legends Championship will be played out in front of hundreds of students, parents, teachers, sponsors, and government and corporate representatives, and is sanctioned as an official event by Riot Games, supported by Hale School, PLE computers, Corsair and Streamlined Servers.

“Flaktest Gaming would like to congratulate Hale School in particular for its support of, not only the Grand Final event, but the eSports industry as a whole as it continues to grow and allow children with an interest in technology, eSports, and gaming to pursue their passion professionally,” said Flaktest founder Brett Sullivan. “They have been very open-minded in their recognition of eSports as a growing Australian market and providing opportunities for those youth interested in pursuing it.”

Hale School’s eSports team coordinator, Jon Lamotte, said the influence of gaming could not be overstated.

“The gaming industry now outranks movies and music for total revenue, with the latest major gaming competition (DotA 2 The International) prize pool being around US$25 million, let alone talking about using gaming as a way of increasing engagement in schools,” he said.

About Flaktest Gaming

Flaktest Gaming is a youth eSports organisation, founded by Brett Sullivan in 2015, which was created to fill a void left by traditional industries, and those children who in turn have been left behind because they wish to pursue a passion that by definition of these traditional industries is anything but traditional.

These technologically-minded children should have an opportunity to grow in their field of choice, and Flaktest Gaming has positioned itself as a platform for them to use in pursuit of their career. Flaktest Gaming firmly believes that eSports and gaming is an emerging market in Australia and will no doubt continue to grow and provide careers and employment if it and the youth interested in it are nurtured.

Flaktest Gaming matches this emerging industry with the security, regulation, and discipline of traditional sporting codes, aiming to teach its youth participants that gaming, like any other medium, can be a career and teach you incredible life skills like leadership and strategic analysis through something you enjoy, but also has rules and consequences.

For more information about Flaktest Gaming and the tournament, head to www.flaktest.com

From the organiser’s media release

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