Competitive Gaming

Esports @ Playtech

What is Esports?

In recent years there has been a huge rise in competitive gaming, which has lead to popularizing the term "Esports" (Electronic Sports)

Esports is separate from traditional gaming in that it has a larger focus on competitive play, where as normal gaming is usually considered as a "just for fun" activity.

More than just a hobby

The big leagues

Esports events have now grown to a size where they can have massive prize pools, and players are encouraged to treat gaming as they would any other competitive sports. This includes healthy lifestyle choices, teambuilding exercises, good communication and more!

Local Esports Partners

NZ Esports Federation

The New Zealand Esports Federation is the solely recognised national sporting organisation for esports in New Zealand. Established to promote and represent esports in New Zealand to increase its level of awareness, improve standards and inspire future talent.

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Victory UP NZ

Victory Up has been built for gamers by gamers, A community driven service dedicated to the growth of our casual and competitive video gamers in Oceania. Victory up hosts daily, seasonal and yearly tournaments on a large variety of games and platforms.

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Our good friends at Victory Up are running some amazing tournaments for NZ Gamers.
High School Esports League

The HSESL is like any other Secondary School Sport, Students sign up to their school team and compete weekly on a digital 'field'. They practice like traditional sports, have their own coaches, strategies and in some case a team manager.

The HSESL is played competitively throughout Term 2 and Term 3 with a regular season, Regional playoffs and in Term 4 the Grand Finale or National Championship where we crown Aotearoa's very best High School Team from each game title.

Official 1v1 LoL tournament
Red Bull Solo Q

Players all over Aotearoa can now take part in the National qualifiers. Only the best will make it through to the Finals for a shot at the grand prize.

There will be national and international qualifiers, so if the national qualifiers don't go your way, you'll still have a second chance to qualify for the tournament. If you know how to push towers, crush minions, and defeat your opponent before they can do the same to you, then this tournament is for you!

The Right Tools for the Job

Gearing up for gaming

As with all sports - in order to compete on an even playing field, you're going to need the right gear!


The main measure of how suitable a gaming system is for Esports is called "FPS" or "Frames per Second".
An FPS number tells you how many images the computer is capable of presenting to your monitor per second on a particular game.

The higher the number, the smoother and clearer the game will appear.

It's also important to have a monitor that is responsive and has a high enough "refresh rate" to get the most out of a gaming pc.

The refresh rate is the maximum number of frames a monitor can present in one second.

Did you know:
Most professional gamers will actually turn their graphics settings down, in order to reduce the strain on their computer and allow it to increase the frame rate!

See our esports gaming gear buyers guide for recommendations for keyboards, mice and headsets.
See our list of the most common esports games, and our thoughts on settings and specification.

Our Most Popular Esports Gaming System

If you're a player looking to dive into the world of competitive gaming, or an organisation looking to get started with running esports events, This is a good place to start!

Samurai Silver
Samurai Silver
Samurai Silver

Samurai Silver Desktop PC

"The perfect entry point for Esports"

The Samurai Silver is designed for playing at competitive settings in a range of the most popular Esports tiltes like: LoL, Fortnite, CS:GO, Rocket League & more!

Regular price $1,499.00 Sale price$1,349.00
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