Showdown and Throwdown Esports, in partnership with Red Bull Australia, will stage Australia’s first large-scale live Street Fighter V competition at PAX Aus this October
September 25, 2017 – On Saturday 28 October, the Throwdown Esports Stage at PAX Aus will play host to Australia’s first large-scale live Street Fighter V competition as part of three full days of live esports action. The competition will be displayed in front of Australia’s largest gathering of gaming fans and broadcast online to an estimated audience of more than 300,000 on Twitch.
Throwdown is the Esports league created and managed by parent company Showdown that works with brands to give them exposure to huge esports communities in Australia and New Zealand. Showdown produces live events and esports leagues reaching more than 200,000 people online every month.
Showdown’s in house production team will produce the live event at PAX Aus and the online stream, bringing a high quality, immersive experience to anyone competing or watching.
“Red Bull’s support of the Throwdown Esports Stage and Street Fighter V competition is another example of Esports’ growth into a mainstream form of entertainment,” said Scott Wenkart, managing director of Showdown. “The Street Fighter franchise is a favourite of the fighting game genre and is the latest in high quality Esports events we’re bringing to the gaming community via Throwdown while connecting brands with some of the most engaged audiences online today via Twitch.”
Kicking off in January 2017, the first two Throwdown seasons of popular game Rocket League saw over 500,000 fans tune in. Throwdown now runs production and management across Riot’s Oceanic Challenger Series, Rocket League OCE Championship, Rocket League and League of Legends Community Nights.
On Saturday 28 October, PAX attendees will be treated to a full day of head-to-head Street Fighter V action, including the final stages of a national circuit. The eight best players from Australia will compete for the Throwdown National Championship and a share of a huge prize pool. Anyone attending PAX will also be able to earn a spot on the Throwdown Stage by participating in the Melbourne qualifiers taking place in the PAX Freeplay Area.
Showdown previously announced Rocket League as the first game to feature on the Throwdown esports Stage during PAX Aus. That game will feature on Sunday October 29, and include the Oceanic Championship Finals where players from Australia and New Zealand will compete for the chance to represent the region at the World Championship in November and win a share in a $25,000 USD prize pool.
PAX Australia will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 27 to October 29 and is organised by ReedPOP in conjunction with Penny Arcade.