ESL Australia, the Australasian division of the world's largest esports company, announced a sponsorship agreement with Auckland-based Media Design School, in conjunction with its Australian-based campuses, for Season two of the ESL Zen League.
This collaboration sees Media Design School support Australia and New Zealand’s rapidly growing esports scene.
Himanshu Khanna, Media Design School programme director says, “Media Design School, both in Australia and New Zealand, are obsessed with equipping students with the right mix of fundamentals and hands-on professional skills sought after by the games industry.
“By playing a role in the promotion of an iconic event, our students will gain the type of experience which cannot be learned in a classroom environment.”
Nick Vanzetti, ESL managing director of Australia welcomed Media Design School and Media Design School at Torrens University into the Australian esports community.
Vanzetti saying, “As both gaming and esports continue to grow in popularity around the world, so will the many new and exciting opportunities for related jobs and industry.
“As such, we are particularly excited to announce this partnership with a higher education provider who is helping students from across Australia and New Zealand to gain the skills needed to both succeed in, and help grow an industry which we are passionate about."
Media Design School is New Zealand’s most-awarded private tertiary institution.
Distinguished by its close alignment to the industry, both domestically and internationally, the Auckland-based school offers specialist degrees for emerging creative industries including the Bachelor of Art and Design.
ESL is the world's largest esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions.
It operates high-profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems.
ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem.
The ESL Zen League is Australasia’s biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro gaming league.
It sees Australia and New Zealand’s best teams take on some of the top teams in Asia over an eight-week season.
The ESL Zen League is putting Australian esports on the global map.
Broadcast of Season 2 of the ESL Zen League commences Tuesday, September 12, at 8 pm AEST.
This season will grow to a massive three live broadcasts per week, as twelve teams from across the Asia-Pacific region compete for $30,000 in cash prizes.