eSports NZ

Good eSports – Waikato Arena Rampage

The Hamilton Fighting Game Community began as most good things do, just a bunch of friends getting together to have a good time doing the things that they enjoy. As the group began to grow a points system known as ranked battles (Ranbats), was instigated so that a champion could be crowned at the end of each gathering (Though in Hamilton it is affectionately referred to as Hambats :).

From those early beginnings, the Hamilton Fighting Game Community has evolved to have a membership of over 300 and host 15 Hambats for members per year at the Western Community Centre, this group is a registered organisation and its members participate in wider community events such as NerdFEST, Treats in the Park and the LetsPlay.Live World Tour.

In April 2018 they take the biggest step yet, hosting Hamilton’s first-ever nationally recognised Fighting Game event at Sky City Casino Hamilton! This event is made possible with the support of the Waikato United Gaming Society (WUGS for short), Final Round: Fight!, Standing Fierce, and Digital Native Academy.

And that brings us to the Waikato Arena Rampage eSports Event!

W.A.R will take place from 13 April 2018 to 15 April 2018 and will be held at Sky City Hamilton. Competitors from all over the country will descend on Hamilton city to battle it out to become the inaugural champion in one of the 6 competition games, Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Marvel V Capcom: Infinite, Super Smash Bros: 4 and Super Smash Bros: Melee.

W.A.R is free for spectators and will provide free to play areas for spectators to try out some of the games on display. For entrants and competitors, we will have specially designated areas for them to showcase their skills and special activities that only they can participate in. For those unable to make the local event, W.A.R will be streamed live via the Standing Fierce Twitch Channel and we will have an audience area where spectators can watch some of the country’s best fight it out.

The main prizes include flights and accommodation to represent the NZ Fighting Game Community at Australia’s biggest esports tournament, Battle Arena Melbourne. There will also be cash prizes up for grabs!

This event isn’t just about fighting games though, there is also a BYOPC LAN party and competitions hosted by Tom “Mad Scientist” Featonby of WUGS which includes;

Friday 13th April – Setups and social gaming! Fortnight antics and more fun multiplayer antics.

Saturday 14th April – WUGS will be running 2 main tournaments: Overwatch and Rocket League! These two tournaments will be 1v1 and will not only be for cash prizes (a minimum of $50 for the winners, this number will go up with the number of attendees) but will also be for $50 PB Tech Gift Vouchers!

Sunday 15th April – More social good times, the WUGS community plays all sorts of games at their social LANs such as (but not limited to), Blur, Garry’s Mod, AoE II, Quiplash, PUBG, Gang Beasts and Chivalry. There will also be fun mini-tournaments and competitions for LAN attendees and spectators to join in the fun.

For the most up to date infomation it’s a good idea to follow the WUGS Twitter feed, and also Aaron “Booze Bender” Rippingale, Daniel “Terrorist” RikihanaDeane “Arahshii” Mason-Loveridge and Reno Musumeci

GAME ON!

 

Good Gaming – IEM 2018 Certified Gaming PC

We had a blast at last years IEM Syndey event, and the 2018 Intel Extreme Masters event is approaching fast, due to kick off May 3rd in Syndey!

Along with this event comes a whole new range of IEM Certified Gaming PC which not only provides excellent performance for PC Gamers, but also qualifies you for a special INTEL MASTER KEY which can be used to unlock a range of BONUS GAMES!

This register to redeem promotion is available while stocks last, so get in quick! Purchase any GGPC IEM Gaming PC from PB Tech and then use the contact form to register your build and the team will send you a special Intel Master Key.

Once you’ve got your Intel Master Key simple visit the Intel Redemption Site and enter your key, from here you’ll be able to access codes for the games included in this promotion!

Looking specifically at the current games which the Intel Master Key with IEM Certified Gaming PC unlocks there are three “Free to Play” ones in the mix, the bonus with these comes in the form of in-game currency that you can use to add a little customisation to your Starship or Hero. If you’re wanting to check these out for yourself right away you can find the download links for Dreadnought, Warframe and Fractured Space in our GGPC Free to Play PC Games Sticky Blog 🙂 You’ll also get Warhammer Vermintide 2 which just released with rave reviews (This one is multi-player Left for Dead style gaming gold) and XMorph Defence plus the acclaimed This War of Mine. (the banners below all link to YouTube videos)

Jump in and experience Warframe, the latest updates were massive and introduced wide open landscapes, all new gameplay and even more multiplayer mutant massacres. You play as a Tenno, a mighty warrior with both blade and gun: master of the Warframe armour. Those that survived the old war were left drifting among the ruins. Now they are needed once more. The Grineer, with their vast armies, are spreading throughout the solar system. A call echoes across the stars summoning the Tenno to an ancient place.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Vermintide. Team up for the fiercest first-person co-op slaughter featuring visceral and ground-breaking melee action. Set in the apocalyptic End Times of the war-ravaged Warhammer world, you will be challenged like never before as you and your team of heroes face untold enemy hordes in a desperate struggle to save the Empire from devastation. Choose a career for your Hero, customise the talent tree, choose and craft a vast range of unique weapons and gear then hack you way through the ranks of monstrous invaders!

Dreadnought puts you in command of massive capital ships for tactical, team-based warfare in space and across the skies of different planets. As a mercenary captain, your motivations are simple: to reap the rewards of battle and build your reputation – and to be fearless doing it. Armed with earth-shaking weapons and the support of your teammates, you must claim victory by outmaneuvering, outshooting and outclassing the opposing team. Prepare yourself. It’s time to take the helm.

A unique fusion of a top-down shooter and tower defence strategy. You are the X-Morph – an alien species that invades Earth to harvest its resources and terraform the surface. Strategize in the build mode by carefully selecting various types of alien towers or throw yourself right into the heat of the battle. Build mazes for incoming enemies in an environment that provides exceptional planning freedom. Tear down buildings and collapse bridges to support your defence or to simply indulge in a spectacle of unprecedented destruction. Possess a range of unique alien weapons and use defence strategies like you’ve never seen before in this genre.

A favourite here at GGPC, Fractured Space in a MOBA style game with massive starships much like Dreadnought above, but with a very different play style and unique battle mechanics. Fractured Space is an award-winning free-to-play space combat game. Fight in co-op PvE or 5-v-5 PvP. Brought to life in the stunning Unreal Engine 4, giants of interstellar conflict fight in spectacular close quarter battles for dominance. Pick a manufacturer, choose a class and customize your weapons. Through experience, you gain the right to command more ships while earning credits to add them to your fleet. Tailor your craft to your combat preferences with crew and weapon loadout options then take on your specialized role when your interstellar juggernaut warps into battle.

In This War Of Mine you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers. The game provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle. The pace of This War of Mine is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and taking care of your survivors. At night, take one of your civilians on a mission to scavenge through a set of unique locations for items that will help you stay alive. Make life-and-death decisions driven by your conscience. Try to protect everybody from your shelter or sacrifice some of them for longer-term survival. During a war, there are no good or bad decisions; there is only survival. The sooner you realize that, the better.

The full range of GGPC IEM Gaming PC will be available this April (look for IEM in the name and the signature gold badge), each providing remarkable game performance and those sweet bonus games, be sure to keep your eyes on our GGPC PC Gaming Blog for the latest!

Good Gaming – Garden of Might eSports NZ Fighting Event

UPDATE: What a weekend, the Garden of Might eSports event was awesome!

Hosted by the talented team at Standing Fierce in association with the team from Got Game this competition is all about fighting games, including the massively popular Tekken, Street Fighter, Smash and MvC we’ve come to expect as well as newcomers like the just-released DragonBall FighterZ! 

This eSports event promises some epic matches between the very best fighting game players from around New Zealand, and a few sneaky internationals have snuck in too 😛 The current NZ Street Fighter V Champion, known as “Ghost Chips” will be playing at this event and also “Burnout”  from Australia will be in attendance – who also happens to be the community manager for XSplit and player.me!

As I write this now all competition spots are full, but you can grab the most up-to-date information from the Garden of Might website if you’re wanting to see if you can sneak a quick entry for the event in.

For those wanting to check out the action in person, this one is taking place at Christchurch Casino so be sure to bring your ID along, there will also be spot prizes given away over the weekend-long event.

Doors open at 10am till late both on both days, March 17th and 18th.

For those wanting to watch the matches online, the eSports event will also be streamed via the Standing Fierce Twitch Channel so we can all tune in, click the banner below to check out some sweet fighting action right away!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – PUBG eSports with PING ZERO NZ

UPDATE: This event is now complete, and wow what a series of games it was too! Massive congratulations to Team Carnage who took out first place, be sure to keep your eyes on Ping Zero Twitter for the next one.

The finals are set to be held at the Howick Library (quick map link below) but for those unable to make it to the event on the day worry not! This PUBG eSports match will be steamed via the PUBG OCE Twitch Channel. This isn’t any regular PUBG gameplay either, event organiser Major Havoc of PING ZERO has gone above beyond with custom matches and spectator game capture showing off all the team tactics, brutal kills and stunning comebacks as they chase each other down hunting for those elusive and oh so tasty chicken dinners!

The battles will stretch out over six epic matches, if you want to check out some of previous action check out the video below for a chicken dinner!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – Overwatch World Cup NZ Team Matches

The fight has been a fierce one for sure, with the NZ Overwatch World Cup Team being assigned to Group G in Burbank USA they’ve now completed the matches against Team USA and Team Taipei. 

The way this eSports event works is pretty straight forward, each group is comprised of four national teams that will play a full round-robin series of matches, from each group, the top two teams will advance to the single-elimination playoffs.

The top two finishers from each of the four group stage events will qualify for the Overwatch World Cup finals at BlizzCon 2017!

The stadium setup for this event is crazy cool, with an awesome Overwatch themed stage for the players and an excited audience looking on as they play each round. Hosts are setup just behind the audience stands providing both gameplay insights for newer players and some pretty funny banter to fill in the gaps 🙂

Below is the gameplay from players BIRDY, LEGABRIL, SIGNED, HOOWOO, WILLX and CANTUS battling against Team USA.

You can watch all the matches in this eSports event live via the PlayOverwatch Twitch Channel, as I write this I’m watching USA vs Germany and it’s GOOD \o/

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – Overwatch World Cup 2017 SYNDEY!

The Overwatch World Cup 2017 is underway and the next live event is pretty close to NZ, taking place just over in Syndey 🙂 Running from July 21st through to the 23rd at the Star Events Centre it’s the second of four group stage qualifier events. Australia’s top 100 Overwatch players fought hard to get the 13th position in the pool of 32 qualified nations putting them into Group C where they will be competing against Sweden, Italy, and Portugal. The stage in Sydney will also play host to Group D, which will be a battle between Finland, Japan, Spain, and Vietnam.

Our recently elected NZ World Cup national committee have selected the New Zealand team which is assigned to Group G, with our live event set to take place in Burbank USA! 

Keep your eyes on our PC Gaming Blog and we’ll update with more as the battles continue to rage!

Good eSports – Intel Extreme Masters Gaming

Sydney just hosted a massive gaming event, an Intel Extreme Masters CSGO tournament and it was GOOD!

This tournament goes hand in hand with another cool promotion on now in NZ, IEM Certified Gaming PC \o/ Grabbing a system that’s certified in this way gets you a really sweet golden sticker for your new PC, that holographic certificate guarantees quality that meets only the highest standards from Intel and it also signals a FREE GAMES BONUS!

Looking specifically at the current games in the IEM Certified Gaming PC bundle there are a few “Free to Play” ones, the bonus with these comes in the form of in-game currency that you can use to add a little customisation to your tank, battleship or hero. If you’re wanting to check these out for yourself right away you can find the download links in our GGPC Free to Play PC Games Sticky Blog 🙂

You’ll also get Just Cause 3, Warhammer Vermintide (This one is multi-player Left for Dead style gaming gold) and the space battleship brawler Dreadnought  \o/ which we’ve been happily playing since early BETA testing:)

Topping the bonus games list right now is the recently released Halo Wars 2! Real-time strategy Halo style with Spartans, Warthogs and other classic Halo fighting forces. You’ll get the full game with the IEM bundle but there is also a Window 10 Store Halo Wars 2 demo available now you can check out now 🙂

The setup for the event was absolutely first class, from the moment you walked through the doors intel had a range of latest gaming laptops and IEM custom desktops ready to go with games to play and you could even join in on mini competitions in everything from a quick round of 3v3 CSGO to VR Racing time attacks.

The quality of the interactive experiences on offer were what made this opening experience so enjoyable though, it wasn’t just a nice seat for the racing games, intel had flown over VESARO force feedback equipment to give players genuine motion, these racing kits actually move with you and give you a real feeling of acceleration as you push yourself to take poll position and take away some of the prizes which flowed throughout the event.

Once we had made our way through the first gaming zone (pretty tough to do as they had an early access VR spellcasting fighting game right before the stairs to the arena) we got to check out the main event stage which lived up to the hype \o/ Some pretty epic lighting and smoke machines ensured the announcements for each match were exciting and the triple massive screens above would make following the gameplay easy. Behind this main stage a backstage team monitored everything, and further behind this there was another studio setup reminiscent of the Full Circle studio here in NZ – it would be from here that the casters did there sportscenter like commentary of each match.

Although early we could see from behind the stage that the arena was already starting to full up 🙂

The commentators were brilliant and whoever was responsible for switching the player camera to show the best moments of each round was amazing, they deserve a medal and speaking of! Between the two teams 5v5 gaming setups was a MASSIVE round medal, the trophy for the competition.

With the stage set we attempted to find our seats, which although reserved, had been claimed by some very excited chaps, they were kiwis as well who had flown over especially for the Intel Extreme Masters, we all enjoyed the matches together and had a great time debating (was more of a yelling match) who was going to to take the win for each round 🙂

The arena filled up fast and the weekends gaming begun with a roar! Massive applause welcomed each team as they approached the main stage, fun times ahead!

We estimate around 7000 people spectating in the arena and the competition was both fierce and extremely close, with the finals proving themselves to be the best! The rounds swung back and forth with bomb disarms coming down to microseconds and jumping knives being thwarted by deagles 😛

You can check out all the matches for yourself with the IEM Sydney game replays available via this link, because the games were so close it take a while to watch it all but it’s worth it 🙂

The local area in which the event was held was originally built to host the Olympics and handled the crowd with ease, special mention here to just how nice everyone was, both staff and attendees 🙂 two instances, in particular, stood out though, the first was meeting a chap that had lost his phone so we let him use ours to call it and a someone nice had handed it to the staff already. The second was the aftermath of the event, or lack of, we hung around for a bit after the finals chatting to some of the intel team and when we eventually left the outside wasn’t trashed, a little rubbish here are there but honestly pretty good with that amount of people!

We had a blast and can’t wait for the next big event, full credit to the teams from ESL and Intel for putting this one together so flawlessly – hope to see you at the next one!

GG

Good eSports – Overwatch World Cup NZ

UPDATE: Congrats to AVRL, SMITE and NESTY for being selected as our NZ Overwatch World Cup Committee!

With the top 32 regions now selected by Blizzard (New Zealand slides in at #30!) it’s time for us to vote on who is going to be on our Overwatch competition committee.

Whoever we choose now will be responsible for selecting and recommending to Blizzard the strongest Overwatch team for our region.

You can cast 3 votes in total, there are seven candidates to choose from – let’s take a quick look at who’s in the running for the positions!

AVRL is the current lead analyst and caster for the Overwatch Pacific Championship, he was also lead analyst and caster for the Oceanic Summer Series and the former coach of JAM Gaming and Team Skyfire!

ezy is a full time eSports host for Full Circle who are currently covering the Overwatch Pacific Championship. He’s got the skills to see what potential players can do based on their mechanical skill and picking which personalities work well together.

Joker has played competitively since the release of Overwatch last May and watched the best players NZ has to offer rise so he knows who works well with who.

Lokistar is a psychology major who has been playing Overwatch since BETA. With extensive knowledge of both the game and the Blizzard gaming community.

Nesty has both experience and passion for the game. Reaching the top 500 on more than one account with a good knowledge around the mechanics of gameplay.

Pixie casts the matches in which champions are crowned, he knows what makes winners win. A vote for Pixie is a vote for knowledge, experience and moustaches!

Smite is a colour caster and analyst on the biggest Pacific tournaments Overwatch has seen, packed full of sweet as Kiwi pride, he’s a top choice to help New Zealand take on the world.

Vote for your chosen representatives here, as I write this there are just days left so get in quick with your selections!

All 32 teams will compete in a group stage event for a chance to make it to the World Cup playoffs at BlizzCon in November \o/

Good eSports – Overwatch Pacific Championship Full Circle Coverage

It all started with a new Blizzard Event Center opening in Taipei and now it has exploded into an amazing Overwatch Pacific Championship event with team Blank eSports travelling all the way to Taipei and fighting their way up to the TOP of the table!

The event is a massive 11 week gaming extravaganza, so this is just the beginning but in any case the achievements by team Blank and the quality of the games so far has been world class.

Team Blank have been playing really well, in the first week things looked great with 3-0 wins over Japan’s Detonator Gold and Taiwan’s Machi Esports, this continued through week 2 and into week 3 with the team pushing themselves up the table fast.

You can check out the gameplay below that took them to the top spot with 7 wins, with so many teams competing in this one you’ll need to fast-foward to exactly 5 hours into this broadcast to see the match – it’s a massive event with many teams battling each other and while the other gameplay is good we’re here to follow team Blank! 😛

Good Custom PC – Certified Components and Systems

For us here at GGPC the exciting world of PC Gaming splits into two separate parts, the first being all the wonderful components we get to test out when reviewing new tech and the second being actually playing games on the completed systems for fun, our YouTube channel and now eSports thanks to competitive gaming events \o/

For system designers and builders there are literally thousands of component options to choose from, and within each component type there are masses of variants available for each with slightly tweaked voltage configurations, ascetic options and more. Luckily for everyone involved in this process the biggest players at the heart of the manufacturing side like Asus, ASrock and Gigabyte have excellent technicians that make lists available showing which parts they’ve certified for themselves. This certification sometimes carries on to the extreme level, when it does the item actually gets a special badge added to the specific hardware involved – items like these killer Asus Republic of Gamers RAM kits 🙂 These are certified versions of Team Group T-FORCE Dark memory with the classic Mayan style heatsink and have passed ROG stress tests thus becoming T-FORCE Dark ROG overclocking modules. Having these along with a ROG motherboard’s optimizing Ai overclock function (update that bios!) will enable you to automatically tune these kits to ROG limits.

GGPC ROG Certified Gaming RAM

Further down the line there is yet another form of certification, this time as much from the players as it is the makers – like IEM (Intel Extreme Masters) which requires a system to meet certain specs in order to get the special badge. These usually have a set of guidelines that must be followed in order to be considered for certification, as you’d expect with the IEM ones these use specific gaming savvy intel CPU and Kingston RAM. Intel Extreme Masters is the longest running global pro gaming tour in the world. Started in 2006 by ESL, the competition features Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, StarCraft II and League of Legends tournaments across multiple continents with the next big CS:GO event scheduled for May 6th – 7th in Sydney, Australia.