Blizzard ANZ StarCraft II Proleague – a Gamestah Media…

The Blizzard ANZ StarCraft II Proleague runs for four weeks during November and December 2017. The five top teams in the ANZ region battle it out in a double round-robin team league for a prize pool of $3,500 USD. Gamestah has been commissioned to produce and broadcast the league!

Matches take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, starting 21 November and ending 19 December, with one match broadcast per night, starting at 7pm AEDT, on the Blizzard_ANZ Twitch channel.

We’ve assembled a team of talented folk to bring you the league:

Check out Blizzard ANZ’s announcement of the Proleague and then head over to the Tournament’s public page to keep up with results and standings, and the full schedule of upcoming matches!


Gears of War

Announcement: Gears Esports APAC Regional Series (Gears EARS)

We are pleased to announce Gamestah’s production of the Gears Esports APAC Regional Series. Featuring 16 events and over $11,200 USD in prizes, the Series starts on 22 October and runs through till June 2018. It’s open to all teams in the APAC region.

Full details of the Gears EARS can be found here.

Registration & Rules will be published soon and notified on Twitter and Gamestah’s Discord!



Competitive Ruling: Season 4 Points

We have discovered a way to “game” points using the system specified at the start of Season 4. Under the system, a team could purposefully lose their second round match in the lower bracket in order to maximize points earned through the following week’s Swiss bracket in addition to earning points in the playoff brackets.

The fault in the system is entirely Gamestah’s and to date we are not aware of any teams attempting to exploit the fault. However, to protect the integrity of the tournament we have decided to replace the Season 4 points system with the Season 3 system, with only a slight modification.

The following points will be awarded to teams each week:

Match Points Swiss 1
Playoff 1
Bonus Points Swiss Top 4 1
Playoff Top 2 5
Playoff  Top 4 4

Under this system, the maximum any team can earn from Swiss participation is 5 points, whereas the maximum a team can earn in the playoff upper bracket is 7 points. The maximum a team can earn in the playoff lower bracket is 6 points.

This system still rewards players for match wins and provides bonuses for qualification for playoff rounds.

We apologize for this mid-season change, and trust it doesn’t cause any confusion. Should teams wish to discuss the change please contact Gamestah|Chrisis on Discord.


Online Tournament

Setting the Record Straight: Shocwave Rocket League

It has been reported on Shocwave’s discord that they have declined Gamestah’s quote for broadcasting services:

This is not entirely accurate.

Shocwave announced their tournament several weeks ago and at the time of the announcement, posted that Gamestah was sponsoring the tournament, posted our logo on their website and tried to link to our Twitch channel on their Toornament pages:

We take issue with a number of aspects of Shocwave’s approach:

  1. Prior to the announcement of their tournament, Shocwave had never communicated with Gamestah. We had no discussions, let alone agreements, in place to sponsor, or even broadcast their tournament.
  2. We did not give Shocwave permission to use either our name or our logo in association with their tournament. In fact, the logo they are using is our old (original) logo, that has been out of use since we rebranded almost two years ago.
  3. We did not give Shocwave permission to link our Twitch channels as the official channels on their Toornament pages. That said, they’ve linked to which isn’t actually an official Gamestah Media channel. Our Twitch partnered channels are GamestahTV1, GamestahTV2 and GamestahTV3.
  4. Shocwave did not so much decline our quote as miss the deadline for quote. It expired on 21 August, and on 24 August, after hearing nothing from them, we sent a notice reminding them of the expiry and our assumption that it had not been accepted. Our confirmation of this assumption came from the notice posted on their discord (see screenshot, above). To date we still have not received any official contact from Shocwave since the date  (12 August) we provided the quote to them.
  5. We have formally requested Shocwave to remove our logo and any references to Gamestah from their website and Toornament pages. This request has, to date, been ignored.

Ordinarily we would not post about our business dealings with an organisation, but Shocwave has repeatedly used Gamestah’s brand in association with their activities against our express wishes. Perhaps this post will encourage them to stop doing so. That said, we wish them success with their tournament and hope that the teams entering it enjoy good competition and success.