HT&E Events is set to partner with British company Gfinity to create and launch Australia’s form and launch a city-based franchise league, branded ‘The Elite Series’.

As originally reported by Mumbrella, “the venture will give Australian gamers a structured competitive framework within Australian eSports, and allow amateurs and professionals to compete alongside each other.”

They say “franchise teams will compete weekly at dedicated eSports venues, with each event broadcast live online and across other TV and media platforms.”

Scheduled to launch The Elite Series in late 2018, Sydney and Melbourne will field two teams each alongside singular offerings from Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. The full list of teams is as follows:

  • Adelaide Photonics
  • Brisbane Deceptors
  • Melbourne Metattak
  • Melbourne Rebolte
  • Perth Subnets
  • Sydney Blue Surge
  • Sydney Opsydian.

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Arriving ahead of The Elite Series, Gfinity will also launch a smaller league through online channels later this year.

The Challenger Series will be an opportunity for amateur gamers to compete against each other for a chance to earn a spot in the teams competing in the latter The Elite Series.

Commenting on the new partnerships, HT&E Chief executive and managing director Ciaran Davis claims that “leveraging our unique combination of media assets, and using Gfinity’s tournament platform, Gfinity eSports Australia will also be perfectly positioned to run bespoke events for sponsors and strategic partners looking to engage with the eSports community – a highly engaged audience that will continue to grow.”

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