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It's game on, gamers
Get your game on for FREE at QV Melbourne's immersive Gaming Dome, an all-encompassing pop-up esports hub, the first of its kind in Melbourne opening from 24 February - 15 March.
Melburnians are set to be immersed in the world of gaming and e-sports when a free Gaming Dome opens in QV Square presented by The Chiefs, Australia's premier Electronic Sports Club.
Gaming enthusiasts, amateurs and addicts alike are encouraged to compete against friends, strangers and professional players testing their skills for the ultimate bragging rights and the chance to win daily prizes along the way.
Test your skills, comepete against frineds, stragers of even the professionals such as Brandon 'Claire' Nguyen. Image provided.
You'll find eighteen free gaming stations fitted out with the latest and greatest video games including Rocket League, Fortnite, Counter-Strike, League of Legends and more will be dispersed throughout the hub.
Gamers will have the chance to step into an alternate reality with VR setups including, Beat Saber, Boneworks and iB Cricket bringing a huge interactive component to the dome.
Players will experience the ultimate adrenaline-induced rush of competing in front of an audience on the main stage. The Chiefs will host daily mini gaming tournaments on the main stage to test player's skills including Sim Racing time trials, with gamers vying for the fastest hot lap to claim the top spot on the leaderboard.
The experience isn't limited to e-sport aficionados, with exhibition matches and live viewing parties set for weekly competitions. Professional players including Brisbane Lions player Chiefs ambassador Mitch Robinson, FIFA professional player and content creator James 'Cripsy' Williams, League of Legends professionals Brandon 'Claire' Nguyen, Romeo 'Thien' Tran, Jackson 'Pabu' Pavone and Brandon 'Juves' Defina alongside Counter- Strike professional Darly 'Mayker' May and more pros will play the dome.
Professional players will face-off every Sunday between 1pm - 4pm on the main stage, while spectators can get involved with big screens broadcasting the action. The main stage challenges will be followed by live Q&A's and signings.
Gaming influencers will make appearances Fridays from 1pm - 4pm, giving passers-by the chance to learn about the video games and esports industries with live Q&As, including possible career paths, networks and avenues to success in the industry. There will also be appearances by industry micro-influencers on Tuesdays from 1pm - 4pm.