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5 Australians Organizations/Athletes Who Dominated The World Of Esports

The world of esports may have long been dominated by larger continents like Europe, America, and Asia, but little did anyone know that striving athletes and humble organizations from the Australia-New Zealand region also has its fair share of the limelight.

Maouie Reyes
Freelance Esports Writer
8th May, 2020·☕️ 3 min read
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The world of esports may have long been dominated by larger continents like Europe, America, and Asia, but little did anyone know that striving athletes and humble organizations from the Australia-New Zealand region also has its fair share of the limelight.

1. Dandaking

In the world of esports, Australia is a place infamously known for its unstable internet connection and high ping. Though evidently problematic, issues like this were no reason for a legend like Daniel “dandaking” De Sousa to stop working on his dream—represent his country in the Quake World Championship 2017.

The first-person shooter’s biggest tournament of that year, however, was without a dedicated qualifier for the ANZ region, leaving the Quake veteran with no choice except to compete in the North America qualifiers with over 200+ ping. After two tries, the quake veteran managed to pull through the qualifiers against all odds and play live at the main event in Dallas, where he ended his campaign with a respectable 9th-16th place.

2. Athletico Esports

The emergence of the Battle Royale titles over the past years has redefined the first-person shooter genre and the Land Down Under was quick to adapt to the changes alongside the rest of the world. That’s why Athletico Esports was able to hone one of the most competent PlayerUnkown’s Battleground squads in the world in no time.

The established Australian esports organization’s players have represented the region in various international PUBG tournaments, including the GLL Grand Slam: PUBG Classic, a 300,000 USD tournament attended by teams such as FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, G2 Esports, in Stockholm, Sweden, wherein they won second-place. Athletico Esports also earned the honor to play at the PUBG Global Championship, the culmination of the title’s competitive season, where they finished 25th.

3. Renegades

Aside from being a household name in competitive Counter-Strike: Global offensive, the history of Renagade’s ownership—from the renowned caster Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles to NBA big man Jonas Jerebko—also shows the growth and improving recognition of the esports industry on a larger scale.

The purely-Australian CS:GO stack has been around for quite some time, constantly bringing home recognition for their country in various international endeavors. Last year, however, the dedicated squad earned its most successful finish in a grand stage after bagging bronze in the StarLadder Berlin Major 2019, a 1,000,000 USD CS:GO tournament held in Berlin, Germany.

4. Chiefs Esports Club

Australians’ love for soccer transcends to their greatness in Rocket League, a vehicular soccer video game. With the title’s growing competitive scene, the ANZ region has Chiefs Esports Club, who boasts a number of first-place finishes in nationwide tournaments, as well as a couple of commendable international finishes, as their go-to representative.

2018 was the club’s biggest year. They took home a 5th-6th place and 4th finishes in the fifth and sixth seasons of the Rocket League Championship Series, respectively, before ending their successful year with a decent 5th-6th place campaign in the ELEAGUE Cup 2018: Rocket League, a 150,000 USD tournament held in Atlanta, USA.

5. Ana

This guy definitely needs no more introduction. From a striving pub star, Anathan “ana” Pham was picked up OG, one of the most renowned esports organizations in the world, then honed him into a two-time Major champion before hoisting the elusive Aegis of Champions twice on two consecutive years—a feat achieved only by him and his teammates, despite the game’s storied esports history.

This young Australian has proved himself to be one of the epitomes of a great esports athlete. He’s also living proof that Australia is a place brimming with raw esports talent, and all these hopefuls, like who ana was once, are chances to prove themselves.


With the continuous growth of the esports industry and the establishment of grassroots-centric tournaments like the Oceanic Esports League, we can only expect that this list will grow longer.

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