Australia is Growing into an Esports HubPosted on: Sep 05, 2019 By Isabelle in News and trends,
When it comes to esports in Australia, a lot of focus has recently been on Melbourne. The Melbourne Esports Open (MEO) took place last weekend, with approximately 17,000 gamers on the spot. Gamers competed in Fortnite, and Rainbow Six Siege, to name a few.
This is the second year of the MEO, and attendance has risen with a hefty 40 percent. The event grew in size as well, and took place in different arenas across Melbourne.
Esports organizers in Australia are starting to create large multi-day events such as the MEO, or IEM Sydney. This proves that the views on esports have drastically changed in Australia. The Australian government has also taken notice. The games business drives both tourism and a large amount of participation across the country.
It is no secret that governments used to be hesitant towards throwing tax benefits, grants, and such, behind games developers. Most issues have stemmed from concerns regarding addiction, gambling, and unhealthy behaviors.
Esports has proven to lift the Australian games industry, and provides a strong community connection, as well as a whole lot of fun.
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