eSports NZ

SIGN UP! VALORANT AOC RISING HEROES eSports event starts March 27th!

It’s called AOC RISING HEROES, it’s an online gaming event for New Zealand + Australia gamers and the entry is free – so it’s a a good time to get together with friends and play to win!

For those who have been thinking about getting into esports this is a really good event to start off with. The Valorant game is free to play, it’s a competitive 5v5 tac-shooter. If you’ve enjoyed CS:GO, Overwatch or Paladins previously it will feel familiar. The characters are called Agents in this one, and your special powers will depend on which one you choose, use them to create new opportunities and let your gunplay shine.

Valorant can be downloaded via (12GB download)

Don’t worry if the timing doesn’t fit and you’re unable to play in this one, the event will be streaming on Twitch & YouTube too, watching competitions is great for learning good tactics for the next one 😛

In this event players will compete in teams of five, you can also have subs & coaches but there are limits (see the event rulebook for more info).

The first stage of competition consisting of three open double elimination qualifiers each qualifying four teams to the swiss stage.

The event qualifiers begin on March 27th, with another two on April 10th & finally April 17th.

Sign up for the event here =

Once qualifiers are completed, the best of Australian & New Zealand Valorant players compete with each other, the eSports competition proper is set to begin on May 8th with the final playoffs ending June 6th.

It’s not all about glory and good times though, this event also has a prize pool of gaming monitors, mice, keyboards, headsets and more from the top chaps at AOC & HyperX!


Good eSports – Te Puke High School Tournament

More often than not, when we think about eSports we think about the players, and it’s fair enough too with the high level of skill, teamwork and excellent team communication often needed – but another school in New Zealand is embracing the opportunities that come from competitive gaming, and it’s all looking very good indeed.

Those fine folks at Te Puke High School have just hosted their own eSports tournament, but the best bit is they’ve included it as part of the curriculum for business students! This is understandably awesome, by having the Year 10 Business Studies students actually organise the event from start to finish they’ll be gaining the valuable experience that comes along with it, allowing them to host better events in the future, or to support those who want to 

This included all the tricky bits, such as drafting the teams, setting match schedules, securing sponsors for prizes, marketing the event, health & safety – and all the fun parts, the decorations, lights, sound and music & technical setup requirements even included hosts!

Via Armand de Villiers; Te Puke ICT manager “I think it has also shown staff at our school who may have had a level of scepticism about the event, that there is a real positive side to this. You hear feedback after the event about kids that are normally shy and withdrawn in class, unable to stop talking about their part of the event.”

Now onto the games! Keen students formed into teams of 5, with fellow students at Te Puke Intermediate school also invited to compete in Unreal Tournament 4, which is free to download and play via Epic Games.

A real focus on teamwork is needed to win in a game like this, the goal is to take your opponents’ flag from their base, and then deliver it back to your flag base in order to win – but if your flag has been taken by the enemy team, you’ll be unable to return the flag to your base until your own flag is also returned to position.

The weapon of choice in Unreal Tournament Capture the Flag is a special too, a teleportation gun named the Translocator. You can use this to position yourself in hard to reach places, or quickly move to a nearby location, but if you attempt to translocate while holding the flag it will be left at your last known location.

A team wins by having the most flag captures at the end of each match, and if they are equal when the time runs out – it goes into a golden goal mode, so the next team to score a point wins!

Unreal Tournament was a top choice for gaming event like this, action-packed in a similar way to football with real depths in terms of teamwork needed to win against an equally matched team – nicely done Te Puke High School!

We’re pretty lucky here at GGPC to have attended some of biggest global eSports events from Intel Extreme Masters and SteelSeries – and seeing what the students at Te Puke High School have achieved gives us high hopes for seeing more world-class events in New Zealand’s Future.

Want to get involved? See more about eSports in Education at PB Tech.


Good eSports NZ – Waikato University Arena

Ohh what a time to be alive! The University of Waikato has made New Zealand history by launching the first university-based esports facility, the OMEN Esports Arena. 

Equipped with multiple high-end Gaming PC, rows of DX Racer Gaming Chairs and a really big LG TV for streaming highlights, the esports arena serves as a dedicated space for on-campus gaming enthusiasts. 

To create the Arena, The University teamed up with OMEN, The popular HP gaming and esports brand who supplied 12 top-of-the-line gaming computers, and PB Tech, New Zealand’s largest IT and computer retailer who supplied the big screen LG TV as well as a partial sponsorship of the DX Racer gaming chairs. 

Mike Calvert, Director of Student Services at Waikato University, says the OMEN Esports Arena fits with the university’s direction of providing opportunities in a sport, “Esports is a global phenomenon and is one of the fastest-growing industries,” says Calvert. “With more than a million participants in New Zealand, and more than 300 million participants worldwide, it makes sense from a strategic perspective to move into this space,” he says. “Esports is a new and emerging field – the viewership is steadily climbing and the financial backing is growing, so it’s great to see the University of Waikato leading the way in this exciting industry.”

“We want to be able to give our students, who are likely to be engaging in esports anyway, an opportunity to be part of this in a socially inclusive environment where they can participate with like-minded people and, eventually, segue into future opportunities in esports.”

“It’s also an opportunity to link academic research and esports together, which is something we’re developing at the moment.” 

As part of the arena, the University of Waikato offers a school-leaver scholarship for students who excel in esports. The 2degrees Esports Scholarship for School-Leavers awards $5000 to students who demonstrate excellence in esports, exhibit leadership experience or potential, and who carry values in health and wellbeing. 

This year’s scholarship recipient, Ryan Holt, says the esports scholarship has allowed him to combine his passion for video games with his love of a challenge.  

Brian White, Business Development Manager for PB Tech Central North Island, says “the university’s commitment to opening an esports arena shows competitive gaming can be more than just a hobby. “For a major university to be so involved with development pathways and scholarships for competitive gaming is just amazing.”

Jason Spiller, Marketing Manager for Gaming, Esports & Immersive Technologies at HP, says the OMEN Esports arena is providing a new opportunity for the region. “Esports is growing. It’s not only growing as a career option for those wanting to turn pro, but it’s growing in a myriad of other ways. From future careers and game development to coding and tournament operations, there are so many other aspects that go into what is now a massive industry.”

“In an age of growing digital isolation, gaming and esports are one of best ways to provide identity and community to students and the OMEN Esports Arena provides a place to foster those connections,” says Spiller.

Amongst the crowd enjoying the grand opening celebrations was Conrad from Ping Zero NZ, who took out first place in the F1 racing tournament (he’s quite the racer!), and Callum from Pixel Lounge NZ who raced into 3rd for the fun mini-event.

It’s all very exciting, you can read more about the new University of Waikato eSports Arena on the official FB page!

GAME ON!… I mean… STUDY ON!… well, both I guess!

Good Gaming Cafe – Pixel Lounge NZ

PC gaming is great fun, and gaming with your friends makes it even better. Online play, gaming headsets and webcams have come a long way but nothing beats being in the same room while you team up to destroy the bad guys (or each other). While we certainly grab our rigs and head over to a mates place, if there are a few of you this can become quite the mission, especially with everyone needing to plug in their monitors and PC in, and then there’s that having everyone connected to same home WiFi thing 😛

Thankfully the internet cafe has evolved into the modern gaming lounge, and the best one in Auckland is Pixel Lounge. It hasn’t been around that long either, but that’s one of its biggest strengths – everything in the cafe is modern, you’ll be able to play comfortably on deluxe Corsair gaming chairs, treating your eyes with ultra fast 240Hz LG monitors while powerful ROG / Ryzen builds push out all the frames you could want 🙂

Having the best components and gaming gear certainly helps, but the Pixel Lounge team has gone above and beyond to add in all the little things too, making the total experience you’ll have a good one. The environment they’ve created is rather brilliant, with a combination of decals and canvas that line the walls of the primary gaming area, which seats up to 20 players. There is an additional chill out area that has couches, coffee tables and a dining too – making it perfect for taking a quick break to talk tactics while enjoying a cappuccino and some tasty snacks – and I’m very happy to say that this isn’t just a cup of instant either, Pixel Coffee, a real standalone cafe, is right there too!

Casual gaming aside for a little bit, another thing that Pixel Lounge does really well is competitive gaming. If you enjoy a bit of PVP, or you would like to get involved with the New Zealand eSports community and join a local group, then you should look out for events posted on the Pixel Lounge Facebook page – just last week they were hosting the UoA University Rumble finals and it was a good time had by all, with live streaming and plenty of action as the teams smashed each other in League of Legends with tonnes of Riot points up as prizes for the event. You don’t need to be a pro, it’s totally fine if you’re wanting to get involved but would like a little help getting everything together first, the Pixel Lounge team can even coach you along with pro tips and training sessions available should you want them.

Now onto the most important stuff, and it’s going to get pretty technical 🙂 How do they give so many people in one location such a smooth online gaming experience? Well, Pixel Lounge run a pretty ridiculous IT infrastructure. CAT6A network with 10GB switches, very high tier Voyager business fibre & their very own Bootserver. Essentially all the gaming machines boot via the network and only use the internal M.2 as cache, so everyone gets their own fresh image of Windows paired with an 8TB gamedisk. It is seriously cool stuff and keeps everyone’s sessions instanced, with no retained data 🙂 Brilliant!

The Pixel Lounge is located at 342 Great North Road, here is a google maps link to get you there, and once you’re close you really can’t miss the glowing sign pictured below!


Good Gaming – Latest Intel Extreme Masters Gaming PC Builds

With less than a month to go until the Syndey Intel Extreme Masters Event kicks off (May 3rd – 5th!), we’ve been working hard with the Intel NZ team to create a new range of Intel Gaming PC, some of which feature the latest 9th Generation Intel CPU inside!

Our latest designs for the Intel Gaming PC series follows the same path as our previous eSports event builds, with a focus on getting the best price/performance possible! Inside every new GGPC Intel build you’ll find the latest Intel 9th Gen processors combo’d with the exceptional GTX 1060, GTX 1660, GTX 1660Ti and RTX 2060 for awesome gaming performance in all the latest eSports titles!

You can check out all the latest GGPC IEM Gaming PC builds here, with options available to meet various budgets and even special Powered by Asus and Powered by Gigabyte builds to suit.

Now, back to the main event! 

Intel Extreme Masters, the longest running global pro gaming tour in the world, first came to Australia back in 2017, bringing this massive competitive gaming scene onto a whole new continent. For Australia and New Zealand this changed a lot in the eSports community, with nothing we’d seen locally coming close to the spectacle that comes with a well-funded, organised, competitive gaming event. It was exactly what we wanted, with top players battling each other and showing off their exceptional skills in match after match – as a bonus we also no longer needed to stay up all night to watch the games 😛

It’s important to note that IEM Syndey is a massive team effort – when you choose to buy an IEM Gaming PC you are choosing to support the event with each build featuring a uniquely numbered holographic badge – and these badges actually have a cost/value (Intel pays, thanks Intel!) which is added to the eSports events prize pools!

IEM Sydney is the third event of its kind, and we’re looking forward to seeing the top teams compete again. Often referred to as the loudest IEM event you can attend, the passion shown by the crowd for each Counter-Strike match is quite remarkable – with screams and gasps that can be heard throughout the Olympic stadium in which they hold the IEM Sydney eSports event.

Recap time!

2017 saw the Brazilian roster of SK Gaming dominating the CS:GO scene with various important wins across the pro circuit, with the inaugural IEM Sydney crown as one of their biggest achievements that year. Their performance at the event was so dominant that they only lost one map in the entire tournament. This loss came at the hands of FaZe Clan, who made it to the Grand Final in great part thanks to the exploits of a then-recently-signed NiKo, who had an immediate impact on a squad that defeated Astralis in the semifinals and would go on to reach new heights in the following months and years.

In 2018, FaZe Clan returned to the harbour city of Syndey aiming for revenge. With the signings of GuardiaN and olofmeister sealed a few months earlier, they found the missing pieces of the puzzle to create a squad capable of turning up to any event in the world and be counted among the favourites. Although local heroes Renegades beat them in the Group Stage bracket, they managed to come back in style to deliver a huge performance in the playoffs. Danish titans Astralis awaited them in the Grand Final, but they managed to FaZe it up and take a clean-sweep victory with a final score of 3-0 to lift the IEM trophy.

GGPC have been lucky enough to attend all the events so far, so if you want you can read more about them + check out the pictures in our GGPC IEM blog! (This one would be the most recent, so you’ll need scroll down)


Good Gaming – IEM 2018 Certified Gaming PC

This promotion has now ended, see the latest Intel Master Key promotions here!

We’ve teamed up with Intel and designed a whole new range of IEM Certified Gaming PC which not only provide 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!

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)

A new addition to the IEM GGPC games lineup, Counter Strike Global Offensive is a well-known team vs team shooter that plays a big part in the Intel Extreme Masters competitions. The game series is currently celebrating its 19th birthday and there’s even a new UI in beta testing to check out. Take the roll of either a terrorist or counter-terrorist and compete to secure hostages, arm/disarm explosives, or just kill each other. With a thriving community of players, this one is sure to be a fine addition to your games library.

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 ever-growing range of GGPC IEM Gaming PC are available now (look for IEM in the name and the signature gold badge), each providing remarkable game performance and those sweet bonus games, keep reading for more on the latest intel Extreme Masters event!

Now, more about the IEM Event!

We had a blast at last years IEM Syndey event, and having just returned from the 2018 IEM eSports Event we can happily report this one was even better than the first! This was because of the way in which Intel has refined everything, providing an interactive and stress-free introduction to competitive gaming in the area around the main event, it genuinely was a bit of eSports for everyone 🙂

Upon entering the event center you’re now greeted with a focused range of things to do, I counted 7 sets of gaming PC’s setup right in the foyer, with most following a 6v6 layout and several offering 4v4 VR experience, with an additional 2x setups for VR racing specifically and another two (or was it three) offering a room scale HTC Vive Pro experience to a check out – commentators off to the left were chanting HyperX – who seemed to be running a constant stream of giveaways and off to the right was a similar setup from Acer.

Cut right through the middle and you have the choice to head left, for a host of food and drink options or right for even more interactive gaming zones, having already enjoyed a big breakfast we headed right continuing along at short distance till the oval passage opened up into another large hall, this one populated by a full eSports event stage which at our time of arrival looked to be jamming some Starcraft 2, Vodafone was to the right and a massively impressive stage in the theme of CS:GO map dust was off to the left with additional Intel game stream stations along the way at which you could talk shop with streamers and see how they configured their setups for this relatively new form of social gaming. The large CS:GO themed station provided even more PC VS setups for eager players to jump on and have a go – the theme of the event was clear – mini eSports competitions were taking place all over with quick prizes available for everyone – two team captions would choose players from the crowd and they would face off in a series of short games for a prize, much like in the Intel main event taking place in the grand auditorium each night, but accessible to all.

In the early afternoon the main doors opened and the crowd began to flow in through the gates for the main events – top tier teams facing off against each other in fierce CS:GO competitive matches – and this was a tournament full of surprises, upsets and crucial clutch moments.

This all played out pretty well from a spectators point of view as we got to witness extremely aggressive plays from all the teams involved, and this led to a much fresher, more creatively vocal crowd than the year previous 😛

All up it’s hard to choose which part we enjoyed the most at IEM Sydney 2018, this one was so much more than just the main event and we certainly hope that Intel continues along this path with the next, which we’ll certainly to flying over to Sydney for yet again!


This event has now ended, check out the latest GGPC Promotions here!

**Congrats to our lucky June winner – Raena A**

Purchase yourself a Good Gaming PC this June and you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new GGPC!

The G240 provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement!

A great mousepad for any mouse, but this will also put you into the draw for our MASSIVE June Gaming Prize Pack which will be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

The JUNE MEGA PRIZE consists of two distinctly impressive pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear that combine for the ultimate racing sim setup, and another awesome piece of wireless gaming audio from ASTRO!

Starting our incredible setup off is the top tier Astro A50 Wireless Gaming Headset! Delivering top-of-the-line acoustics, ergonomics, and durability that professional gamers demand. Experience legendary sound and performance without the inconvenience and restrictions that come with wires, the all-new ASTRO Base Station features a 5GHz wireless transmitter that provides clear, low-latency voice communication, while making headset pairing and charging simple.

Race through long, intense gaming sessions in maximum comfort with up to 15 hours of battery life. Hear the roar of your engine as you scream past your rivals with Dolby Headphone 7.1 surround sound. Communicate clearly with your team thanks to optimised chat levels and game sounds with the built-in MixAmp technology!

Audio is definitely covered with this awesome A50 Gaming Headset from Astro – so now is the time to talk controls!

Included in this month’s MEGA Prize Pack is the outstanding Logitech G920 Force Feedback Racing Wheel which is sure to help our lucky winner break some lap records and they wizzzz past their competition!

Feel your tires on every turn and type of terrain, sense under- or over-steer drifting. Powerful dual-motor force feedback realistically simulates force effects for precision response. Solid steel ball bearings in the wheel shaft and stainless steel paddle shifters and pedals make G920 the long-distance race wheel, it’s covered in high-quality, hand-stitched leather, with the look and feel of a high-performance racecar wheel and it gives you a more comfortable, durable experience. Helical gears are modeled after gears used in automotive transmissions to reduce unwanted noise and vibration. Anti-backlash keeps the wheel and pedals tight, maximizing your control. This steering wheel delivers exceptionally smooth, quiet steering action. G920 Driving Force Racing Wheel features a long-lasting, reliable hall-effect steering sensor, using magnetic fields to sense the position of the wheel.

Maintain a more realistic driving body position with the separate floor pedal unit with integrated throttle, brake, and clutch pedals. G920 Driving Force lets you comfortably accelerate, brake and change gears with the feel of an actual car. The nonlinear brake pedal mimics the performance of a pressure-sensitive brake system for a more responsive, accurate braking feel. For even finer control, reposition the pedal faces to make heel-toe manoeuvres easier to perform. Rubber feet for hard surfaces and a patented retractable carpet grip system help your pedals stay right where you put them. We’ve deliberately chosen the XBOX version for the G920 to provide our winner with easy setup and crossplay options with all the best racing games available on PC.

Ohhh that’s a pretty amazing racing wheel and pedal setup we’ve got here, but it’s not over yet!

Completing the setup is another awesome piece of gaming hardware from Logitech G, the Driving Force Shifter!

Designed for use with the G920 Driving Force racing wheels, to enhance the latest racing titles with more traditional, manual gear controls. By adding the Driving Force Shifter to our racing wheel setup we complete it for the most realistic experience!

The six-speed H-pattern shifter moves fluidly and solidly clicks into each gear, helping you execute smooth, accurate gear transitions on hairpin turns and straightaways and with a solid steel gear shaft, Driving Force Shifter is built for precision racing and long-lasting reliability. Durable built-in clamps allow Driving Force Shifter to be mounted securely to a table or racing rig to minimize shifting or wobbling during aggressive race manoeuvres. The knob and boot are covered in high-quality, hand-stitched leather, giving it a look and feel similar to a high-performance race shifter and giving you a more comfortable, durable experience.

VROOOOMMM! What a bunch of prizes! 

Check out the latest range of Custom Gaming PC and those awesome prizes at PB Tech, and be sure to keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of June!


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



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!

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!


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!