If you’re not aware of EGX 2016, know this: it’s the UK’s biggest games show. From 22-25 September, the Birmingham NEC became a glittering, anisotropic-filtered playspace, where developers discussed their games and the public tried them out.
Alongside playable versions of Dishonored 2, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Tokyo 42, one of this year’s highlights was the Gfinity CS:GO Invitational. The esports competition brought together four of the world’s best Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams in a battle for a $100,000 prize pool.
The EGX 2016 tourney pitched Team EnVyUs against Epsilon eSports and GODSENT versus Mousesports in a Best-of-Five (Bo5) format. As gfinity.net explaineds: “Bo5 matches are marathons which test teams’ mental stamina, the depth of their map pools and significantly reduce the impact of a few moments of good fortune deciding who progresses onwards.”
The winners of both matches (EnVyUs and Mousesports) then met in the grand final to compete for a $50,000 first prize. Mousesports ultimately triumphed, beating their opponents 3-0.
The Gfinity CS:GO Invitational was produced in association with HP Omen gaming PCs, powered by 7th generation Intel Core processors. The Omen range currently includes brushed metal Omen Desktop PCs, which can be configured with the latest GeForce GTX or AMD Radeon graphics cards, SSD storage for speed and up to 32GB of memory.
The top-of-the-line HP OMEN 870-189na (£2,000), for example, combines an Intel Core i7-6700 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, a 512GB SSD (alongside 3TB of HDD storage) plus DTS Studio Sound. Pair it with an HP ENVY 32 Quad-HD IPS Gaming Media Monitor and you’ve got the ultimate in gaming power and 4K-capable performance.
The latest 7th generation Intel Core processors, meanwhile, give the Omen Desktop a significant boost. They are 10 times faster than the original Intel Core chips and, compared to 6th-gen Core chips, the new CPUs can deliver up to 12 percent faster productivity performance and up to 19 percent faster web performance.
Compared to a five year-old PC, they are 70 percent faster and promise up to 3.5 times the 3D prowess.
We were “delighted to be taking world class CS:GO back to EGX and having it presented with Omen by HP,” said Martin Wyatt, Gfinity presenter and head of partner relations. “The combination of a tournament of this magnitude at the UK’s biggest and best games show, the world class teams involved and in partnership with an incredible brand like Omen signals another hugely significant step forward for eSports in the UK.”
It’s not the only esports component at EGX 2016 either. The show also features a $15,000 Street Fighter V Capcom Pro Tour competition. Billed as a 384-player tournament, the winner will take home $7,000 in prize money and qualify for the Capcom Cup in December.
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