For the first time ever, the local Oceania region is getting a eight team league to battle it out, appropriately enough, playing League of Legends over a seven week season.
“We have some amazing talent in this region and they are only going to get better in a professional league,” explains Daniel Ringland, esports manager, Riot Games Oceania.
“Our ultimate goal is to see an Oceanic team win at Worlds,” adds Ben de Rider, esports Co-ordinator, Riot Games Oceania. “We’re not on the same level as some of the larger regions yet, but you should never underestimate a bunch of Aussies and Kiwis.”
Riot Games is funding the league with OPL teams battling for a share of $64,000 ($32,000 each Split). Players will also receive a 'match fee' of $100 for every game they play (a total of $56,000 supporting Oceanic teams per split).
OPL matches for Split 1 will be broadcast live on Mondays and Thursdays from 6pm AEDT, with the first round starting this Thursday February 5.
You can see all the matches at www.twitch.tv/riotgamesoceania.
Half of Round 1 has already been played
Legacy v Chiefs - Chiefs
4Not v Legacy - Legacy
Chiefs v Sudden Fear - Chiefs
Sudden Fear v 4Not - Sudden Fear
No big upsets last night, but Sudden Fear made Chiefs work for their victory in the early game.
Draw 2 Round 1 is on Monday.
Monday February 9 Matchup
6pm AEDTAvant Garde vs Dire Wolves
7pm approx. Rich Gang vs Avant Garde
8pm approx. Dire Wolves vs Team Immunity
9pm approx. Team Immunity vs Rich Gang