Join us and Greater Bendigo Council for the "2021 Bendigo Esports Cup."

The City of Greater Bendigo and the AEL are hosting the annual ‘AEL Bendigo Cup’, an online video game competition dedicated to gamers who live in the Greater Bendigo area!

Kicking off 5th November 2021, registrations for the tournament are open from the 11th October 2021 on the AEL website. The tournament will feature Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Rocket League and will run over 4 weeks of groups and then the finals and feature a $700 prize pool!

Thanks to the City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council the event will also feature a Cosplay Showcase with a $300 prize pool!

WHAT'S ON?

The annual Bendigo Cup presented by the Greater City of Bendigo is a free to participate online competition available to all residents in the Bendigo and surrounding area!

The competition will play over 4 weeks featuring team play in Rocket League (3 v 3) and solo play in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1).

There is a $700 prize pool on offer split across 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each game!

Participate for some fun, meet like-minded players and prove you are the best of the best to be crowned the Bendigo Cup champion of 2021!

Dates

Registrations open 11th October
Registrations close 2nd November 8:00pm AEDT

Entry

Free.

Terms & Conditions

ESPORTS COMPETITIONS

Rocket League ( 3 v 3 )

Exclusive to players in the Greater Bendigo Region, join in the 3 v 3 Rocket League tournament today to show off your skills to compete for a share of the $525 prize pool.

Format:

Teams are placed into groups at random to play through a round robin with the top teams from each group advancing into a double elimination bracket to play against one another until the champion is determined.

Prizes:

1st place will receive $100 in cash each ($300 total)
2nd place will receive $50 in cash each ($150 total)
3rd place will receive $25 in cash each ($75 total)

Competition Dates:

Week 1 – Friday 5th November @ 6:30PM AEDT
Week 2 – Friday 12th October @ 6:30PM AEDT
Week 3 – Friday 19th October @ 6:30PM AEDT
Finals – Sunday 28th November @ 6:30PM AEDT

Register

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1)

Exclusive to players in the Greater Bendigo Region, join in the 1 v 1 SSBU tournament today to show off your skills to compete for a share of the $175 prize pool.

Format:

Played on the Nintendo Switch in 1 v 1 format, each tournament day players are seeded into a tournament bracket to play against one another to rack up points. The players with the most points will face off in a final bracket for their share of the prize!

Prizes:

1st place will receive $100 in cash ($100 total)
2nd place will receive $50 in cash ($50 total)
3rd place will receive $25 in cash ($25 total)

Competition Dates:

Week 1 – Friday 5th November @ 6:30PM AEDT
Week 2 – Friday 12th October @ 6:30PM AEDT
Week 3 – Friday 19th October @ 6:30PM AEDT
Finals – Sunday 28th November @ 6:30PM AEDT

Register

COSPLAY SHOWCASE

Calling all cosplayers in from the Greater Bendigo region! It’s your time to shine! So dust off those costumes because the City of Greater Bendigo’s Youth Council are hosting an online cosplay showcase!

The showcase is open to young and old with no prior experience required so get out those glue guns and get to crafting! Cosplayers must reside in the Greater Bendigo area!

Entry fee:

There is no cost to enter the 2021 Bendigo Esports Cup Cosplay Showcase.

How it will run:

The Cosplay Showcase will be held online with all cosplayers required to provide their submission for live streaming on Sunday 28th November from 1:00pm AEDT.

Guest cosplayers will moderate and showcase each submission, selecting three submissions for a $100 prize at the end!

Register for the showcase:

Participants can register online via the button below. Competition is exclusive to residents of the Greater Bendigo region.

Registrations will close 24th November 2021 8:00pm AEDT.

*Submissions must not be of any r18+, sexist, racist, discriminatory or otherwise hate-related material. See terms & Conditions for full details.

Register

Experience the Bendigo Region

Visit Bendigo and experience a vibrant regional city jam-packed with creativity, great food and bevvies, happening festivals and happy-as locals, all thriving among a heritage setting that stacks up to the grand European cities that inspired it.

Bendigo has long been a must-see destination. When gold was first discovered here in the mid-1800s the world soon cottoned on and the box-ironbark forests and creek flats were overcome by people from around the globe.

Bendigo boasts some of the country’s most impressive architecture, public sculptures, fountains and gardens. Visit heritage halls, banks and factories re-invented as restaurants and wine bars. Bendigo’s arts and cultural precinct is also home to indie boutiques showcasing local designers, lost trades, vintage goods and darling little cafes with some of the best views in town.

Make sure to time your visit to coincide with one of the many community and cultural festivals and events.

FAQ Deep Dive

Is the event open to anyone?

This event is exclusive to residents of the Greater Bendigo region. Players must be aged 13 years or older to compete in the esports competitions, those under the age of 16 we kindly request they obtain their parent’s permission to participate.

Are there any other restrictions to play?

Registrations are accepted on a first in best dressed basis. There is no player cap and players of all skill levels are welcome!

What will I need to play?

To take part online participants will need a stable home internet connection, to play in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate competition they will need access to a Nintendo Switch with a copy of the game and to participate in Rocket League they will need access to either a Personal Computer, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation or XBOX with a copy of the game.

Players will also need to register for https://discord.com/ and follow instructions on the AEL website to join this discord to communicate with AEL staff and be ready for competition each day.

The games you've chosen are amazing, but what if I play something else?

Never played Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Rocket League and think you may actually like it? Don’t be afraid. Sign up anyway. We won’t judge.

In the future we may have other games on offer, follow our socials to hear about any future tournaments or let us know if you have a suggestion!

And exactly how does one win?

It’s a numbers game.

Players will compete over the course of the tournament. The best of the best will face each other in a Grand Finals to determine who the ultimate winner.

Make sure to read the rules for details on the tournament formats for each game!

What if I have another question?

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Or you can message us through any one of our social pages on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and our friendly team will get back to you as soon as possible!

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