16 November 2017

Australia's first Esports high performance centre

Australia's first Esports High Performance Centre has been launched at the Sydney Cricket Ground, providing a new home for League of Legends Oceania champions the LG Dire Wolves and female development team Supa-Stellar.

The men's and mixed gender Esports outfits will be embedded alongside to the SCG Trust’s traditional sports partners including the Sydney Swans, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Roosters, Sydney FC, Cricket NSW, Rugby Australia, AFL NSW, NRL and the NSW Waratahs. 

The facility has been established to foster a new age of athletes in the Esports arena, driving growth and development from the grassroots level to the professional stage.

The centre has access to the latest technology and sport science including eye tracking technology and performance analysis thanks to a revolutionary partnership with the University of Technology, Sydney.

Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust Chief Executive Jamie Barkley welcomed Esports to Sydney’s original sporting precinct, with the state of the art centre being declared open for business this month.

"It will be a game changer to have Australia’s leading Esports professionals in a dedicated high performance centre in the same precinct as the best athletes and officials from the SCG and Allianz Stadium’s traditional sports,” Mr Barkley said.

"Our venues are rapidly expanding their technology offerings and partnering with professional Esports entities and establishing the state of the art training centre presents an exciting opportunity."

LG Dire Wolves owner, David Harris believes the move to the SCG precinct will take the team’s game to the next level.

"We’re excited to partner with the SCG Trust on the Esports High Performance Centre which is an Australian first and will be a world-class facility," Harris said.

"It's an important step towards closing the gap with some of the top regions and becoming globally competitive in the Esports space.

"Our partnership with other organisations in the precinct including the UTS sport science faculty will help develop young talent both inside and outside of the game.”

The high performance centre will also provide a training base for visiting domestic and international teams as well as being a proving ground for budding professional gamers. 

“The technology and partners we are working with in this facility will help lift the standard of players and teams across the region,” said Esports High Performance Centre COO, Chris White.

The LG Dire Wolves are Oceania’s leading League of Legends team and earlier this year became the first Australian side to compete at the world championships, which attracted a global viewing audience of hundreds of millions with the final played in front of a sell-out crowd in Beijing’s 80,000-seat Olympic stadium.

"Some international and local League of Legends esports teams already tap into traditional sporting organisation training facilities, but the SCG High Performance Centre will be one of a kind in the Oceania region. I'm excited to see how the centre will help the LG Dire Wolves elevate their game and raise the playing level for the OPL," said Daniel Ringland, Head of Esports at Riot Games Oceania.

The LG Dire Wolves will be joined in the SCG precinct by Australia’s leading mixed gender Counter-Strike team, Supa-Stellar. 

“The team is ecstatic to be participating in the program for 2018. As emerging players, this opportunity will provide us with the resources needed to continue our development as passionate and driven players. We're looking forward to utilising the top tier facilities at the Sydney Cricket Ground to achieve our goals in 2018," said team captain and manager Mads Brown.