Hrvatski Telekom has launched the regional competition Telekom eSports Championship in which, in addition to players from Croatia, players from Montenegro and North Macedonia will also take part. Participants will compete in three games: Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League and FIFA22, and anyone interested can register from August 26 to September 4 via the link: esports.telekom.com. The competitions end on November 20, i.e., the weekend of the finals, when the Rocket League finals take place on November 18, the FIFA22 finals take place on November 19, and the Counter Strike finals take place on November 20: Global Offensive.
This year's prize pool is 21,800.00 euros. The winners will be able to win prizes according to the following distribution: the first four places in the Counter Strike game: Global Offensive can win a total of 15,000.00 euros, a total of 4,400.00 euros is planned for the first four places in the Rocket League game. In comparison, the first four places in the FIFA22 game will be able to win a total of 2,200.00 euros.
Video games are an indispensable part of the life of young people in Croatia, as shown by the fact that almost all young people in Croatia between the ages of 12 and 25 (97 percent) play video games on a computer, tablet, or mobile phone. The data is from research on young people's gaming habits conducted by Hrvatski Telekom in cooperation with SmartUp market research agency.
The research also tested the attitude towards girls in the gaming world, who are increasingly exposed to exclusion, and it also resulted in the fact that 40 percent of participants sometimes get so engrossed in gaming that they forget to eat or drink. This is part of the situations that often occur in the gaming world, and this is exactly why Hrvatski Telekom wants to encourage young people to play responsibly, which has numerous benefits.
The Telekom eSports Championship is intended for eSports enthusiasts and professionals who want to connect with people of the same interests, get to know each other, and have fun. However, the competition will not be intended only for entertainment; its goal is also education and promotion of equality, fight against hate speech, and self-care. An integral part of each stream will be various activities that encourage the development of new skills that can help competitors and viewers in the future.
"Technologies are developing at a rapid speed, and the responsible behavior of young people in the digital world is gaining importance in order to use them in the best way. That's why the Telekom eSports Championship, in addition to being a top show and meeting people with similar interests, wants to show that eSports is not just a game. It enables the fight against stereotypes, develops strategic thinking, and promotes values that are important to young people. After the extremely popular HT e-League and Ultimate Gamer, we are launching a new regional competition during which the participants will certainly have a lot of fun, but also learn a lot", says Branka Bajt, the Brand Sector Director at Hrvatski Telekom.
More information about the Telekom eSports Championship is available on esports.telekom.com.