HP has crowned the winners of the 2019 OMEN Challenger Series, team Grayhound from Australia at the Finals held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 1-3 November 2019. Beating 12 teams across the Asia Pacific, they took home the grand prize of USD 20,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Europe to watch a top CS:GO tournament in 2020.
The OMEN Challenger Series, which began with in-country Open Qualifiers in August, saw over 2,000 gamers from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and New Zealand competing against each other to qualify for the top six positions for in-country Closed Qualifiers. Following the intense qualifying rounds, winners from each of the 12 countries advanced to the Grand Finals in Indonesia to compete for a total prize pool of USD 50,000 with some of the most skilled CS:GO players from around the region.
“It’s been an intense few months of competition, and the support the gaming community has shown for the tournament this year is nothing short of amazing. It’s truly inspiring to see how teams from across the region played to progress while being more creative and responsive at play, life or work,” Ketan Patel, Vice President, Personal Systems, Greater Asia, HP Inc.
Ending the competition with a bang, the tournament concluded with an epic concert in partnership with MTV Asia, which featured performances from renowned local artists, Weird Genius, and hip-hop sensation, Ramengvrl. Over 210,000 gamers, viewers and fans participated in the three-day event. The OMEN Challenger Series 2019 also generated 2.7 million impressions all over the region.
Gaming has evolved into more than just being a hobby; it is a culture. That’s why the organising committee has decided to make this year’s tournament more than just a gaming finale. The partnership with MTV Asia has enabled the finale to become a celebration of gamers’ passion and lifestyle.
“We’re very happy with our performance at the OMEN Challenger Series despite playing some great teams from around the region. Congratulations to Alpha Red for reaching the finals. You guys put up a really good fight,” said Liam Nicholas Schembri (Malta), Grayhound Team Captain. “Thank you, HP, for putting on a good event and supporting our region as a whole.”
Meanwhile, the university leg of the tournament, Campus Legends, continues to heat up online as teams across the region play for the top two slots in each of their home countries for a chance to compete in the Grand Finals, which will be live-streamed in December. Teams from across Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand will go head-to-head on DOTA 2 at the finals for a chance at the USD3,000 prize pool.