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!
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/
Small form factor gaming performance received a massive boost with the recently released Nvidia 10 series opening new doors to what’s possible performance wise, while keeping things really small – and those talented techs at HP Omen Gaming have taken this into the immersive VR space with the latest version of the virtual reality backpack PC – designing a full kit they call the OMEN X that leaps us ahead of the ones we tried just a few months ago during Computex 2017 – and they were pretty darn good!
Packing (pun intended) a powerful 8GB GTX 1080 graphics paired with the intel i7-7820HK this small gaming PC has the got power to deliver exceptional gaming performance, punching with the same strength as much, much larger systems 🙂
The dock is a very clever addition, it not only adds functionality but also lets you keep your keyboard and mouse connected so you can dock the OMEN X and get jump straight into 4K desktop gaming as well. This convenience works both ways of course, simply take the OMEN X system out of the desktop dock, then clip it onto the super comfy backpack unit and you’re ready to dive straight into VR, making the most out of your HTC Vive with the freedom to move 🙂 They’ve also tackled battery life in a good way with two hip-mounted power packs providing enough power for a good gaming session, the kit includes 4x battery packs which are quick release as well, allowing you to hot swap quickly one by one and stay in game!
The new OMEN X Compact PC VR Backpacks will be available for everyone to try for themselves at the NZ techXpo 2017 which is set for mid-August at the Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland, come along and join the GGPC team as we get hands on with the latest and best in tech!