Perth’s first esports stadium vision to become reality

POSTED BY Team.GG September 23, 2020 in OPL News
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  • Murdoch University secured major funding in Perth City Deal from State Government of Western Australia
  • New CBD vertical campus to include Perth’s first Digital Futures Academy and Esports hub
  • Esports stadium will host high-profile gaming events and tournaments in the heart of Perth CBD
  • Pentanet.GG engaging with Murdoch University to diversify economy and expand esports in Western Australia

Perth’s CBD is set to change forever with the finalisation of the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal set to see three of Western Australia’s major universities increase their presence in the heart of the city.

As part of the deal, Murdoch University has secured $360 million in funding from the State Government to build a new vertical campus in the Perth CBD, including a Digital Futures Academy and Esports hub linked with Singapore and East Asia.

Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen said Murdoch’s vertical campus plans have been years in the making and are now well advanced. The facility will be equipped to host high profile gaming competitions, positioning Perth as a leading esports hub for gaming and related academic activity.

Full media release on Murdoch University’s major funding package available here.

Pentanet and Pentanet.GG Managing Director Stephen Cornish expressed the company’s enthusiasm for the establishment of an esports hub in Perth’s CBD.

“We have been engaging with Murdoch University about working together to expand esports in Western Australia, and we are excited about the prospect of an esports stadium being developed as part of Murdoch’s CBD campus.

“Perth’s proximity to Asia – which incorporates the largest gamer base in the world – makes Perth and Western Australia an ideal location for an esports hub,” Mr. Cornish said.

Pentanet.GG burst into the Australian esports scene in 2020 with their first venture in professional competition. The organisation’s League of Legends team placed third in Split Two for Oceanic Pro League, making history as the first team from Western Australia to make the playoffs. The academy team focussing on upcoming WA talent, ‘PGG.RISE’, completed their first series in Split 2, placing fourth in the season.

perth gamer hub and esports stadium

An ardent gamer himself, Mr. Cornish said the organisation’s vision has always been to scout, recruit and develop gaming talent from Western Australia into the professional circuit.

“We’re looking for players who are not only the best at their chosen game but are ready to take on the responsibility of training and performing as professional athletes,” Mr. Cornish said.

Pentanet.GG aims to expand their competitive teams across multiple titles with all players recruited, training and living in Western Australia. The organisation is the esports arm of WA’s own telco, Pentanet, whose private high-speed telecommunications network has been designed to enable better gaming conditions with quick connectivity between Australia with Asia.

Budding esports professionals are invited to register interest via Pentanet.GG’s website to be notified of future recruitment and training opportunities.

Esports offers Western Australia the opportunity to diversify the economy with the development of a new industry, which will create new learning and working opportunities, from development, to gaming, to tourism – and Pentanet looks forward to being part of this new development in Western Australia.


Media Contact: Alison Balch, [email protected], 0414 545 118


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