If you missed last year’s inaugural MEO, then you missed out on a bumper weekend – and seeing the biggest names in esports competing. Good news? It’s coming back!

Yes, the Melbourne Esports Open, backed by the world’s biggest esports company ESL, is returning to Melbourne – and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever!

The JB Hi-Fi-sponsored MEO – Oceania’s largest esports event – will once again take over the Melbourne and Olympic Park district. This year that will include Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Grand Slam Oval.

The dates to stick in your diary? Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1.

As for what to expect, the MEO will once again be headlined by the League of Legends OPL finals on the Saturday. These will be followed by the Overwatch Contenders Australia finals on the Sunday.

Also making their return will be Fortnite and Pokémon, while Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege will enter the A-list fray. Esports fans will be able to either compete, or watch some of Australia’s best players going about their respective things.

Melbourne Esports Open

While you’re there, you’ll want to pop by the JB Hi-Fi Game On Zone. It was so popular last year that it’s taking over Melbourne Arena this year. This will be the place to drop by for all the latest in esports and interactive gaming experiences.

“The Melbourne Esports Open embodies our global strategy at ESL, which is to create a world where everybody can be somebody,” said ESL senior vice president of Asia-Pacific Japan, Nick Vanzetti. “It’s a unique opportunity for every esports fan or regular gamer to compete in their favourite game and end up playing in front of a massive crowd in some of Australia’s biggest sporting arenas.”

Presale tickets will be available via Telstra Thanks from 10am (local time) on Friday, April 12.

Tickets for the general public go on sale from 2pm (local time) on Monday, April 15 from Ticketek.

Check out STACK‘s gallery from the Melbourne Esports Open 2018 here.