A little bit of some random international esports news as Alibaba Group’s Alisports and Australian Esports League have partnered to bring WESG to PAX Aus. Starting on September 1st and concluding during the convention between October 26th-28th, you will see the league’s Dota 2 and CS:GO grand final matches live at the PAX Arena esports stage, along with open qualifiers for the Hearthstone finale. We have details and quote from the press release sent out this evening, but this is a pretty interesting partnership to bring more esports action to a PAX event.
WESG at PAX Arena will also hold open qualifiers for the Hearthstone finals in November. Anyone is welcome to compete, with winners progressing on to the finals in Sydney where they can play for a $30,000 prize pool and a chance to represent the region in China where they play for a share of $US5.5 million as part of the global series.PAX Aus first hosted the PAX Arena esports stages in 2015, and since then, has partnered with the likes of Red Bull, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Hi-Rez, and McDonald’s to deliver high-quality competitive play to thousands of attendees.“The growth of esports in the APAC region has been nothing short of meteoric,” said Luke Lancaster, Content Manager, PAX Aus. “This partnership with AliSport sets up PAX Arena as a truly international event, and we couldn’t be more excited.”“We chose PAX Aus as the home for WESG because of the community,” said Darren Kwan, executive producer at the Australian Esports League. “There’s no better way to bring Australian audiences into the fold than by offering up world-class matches at PAX Aus.”