Townsville Gaming Café brings competitive scene to North Queensland

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With holidays rapidly approaching everyone is looking for easy ways to keep entertained in their downtime.

Jayde Baguley

With the opening of the Gaming Spot, right here in Townsville, local gamers are provided with an opportunity to meet up and join in some friendly competition on a weekly basis.

Opening in April, Gaming Spot has been steadily building a customer base and runs weekly competitions in League of Legends, CS: GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone, and the newly released Overwatch. Also, for those not interested in competing, the computers host a huge range of games for all types of players.

Michael, who runs the café, said that he is looking forward to the Townsville community embracing North Queensland Gaming League, and creating something great.

“I’m very proud to have the chance to bring e-sports to North Queensland in a competitive, local format for all ages,” Michael told JCNN.

E-sports have been gaining traction on a worldwide platform, with some American colleges even now offering scholarships in the field and various football teams entering e-sports and signing players to compete.

Australian e-sports are also breaking into the international scene, with help from the Australian Cyber League’s partnership with ESL.

Australia, however, does have a disadvantage with the lack-lustre internet across the country.

With federal elections drawing close, the NBN roll-out is still a hot topic for many young people across the nation.

Christopher Pyne, the Liberal Minister for Industry, Innovation, and Science, faced huge criticism of the NBN, following announcements that Australia has some of the slowest internet speeds in the world.

However, Pyne defended the NBN on Q&A stating that “(Australians) simply didn’t need the speeds that Labor was promising.”

It’s a far cry from a country such as South Korea, who boasts the fastest internet speed in the world.

South Korea is also hugely involved in the e-sport community, having held the League of Legends LCS in 2014 and being home to a number of championship teams such as SK Telecom T1 (Starcraft, League of Legends), and Samsung Galaxy (also Starcraft and League of Legends).

With growing interest in competitive gaming, e-sports in Australia are starting to gain traction and with better internet speeds the possibility of hosting world championships could help boost the Australian economy.