So then add in one of the world’s fastest growing sports — esports. The maths still checks out. At least that’s the hope of Gfinity Australia. On Monday, the preseason for its Challenger Series — an amateur competition with cash prizes and a direct pathway to the professional level Elite Series — begins. Incoming CEO Dominic Remond wants the Elite Series wants to become the BBL of esports — and as the general manager of the Sydney Sixers, he knows exactly what that takes. “It’s bringing traditional sport thinking into the emerging area of esports, which I think is very exciting,” Remond told “With 385 million esports fans globally and 1.5 million in Australia, (this) for me is the next big opportunity in sports. “I’ve really enjoyed working in the building phase of the BBL and the WBBL, and personally this is now the next opportunity to work in a growth market.” A $450,000 prize pool is on offer over the first year of the competition which will see six city-based franchises introduced. And that’s the key for Gfinity. Esports grows bigger every day and the money is flowing in, but some fans struggle to connect with teams because there’s no easy way to pick one to support. You don’t have a local side in esports — you might have a team full of players from one country, but there isn’t the tribalism when it’s Team Liquid v Virtus Pro that you get when it’s Melbourne v Sydney. The hope for the Elite Series is that more fans will come in the door thanks to their set-up. The Gfinity Arena in London. Credit: GfinitySource:Supplied Earlier in the year, seven teams with names such as the Melbourne Metattak and Sydney Opsydian were introduced to some criticism, but understands the franchises — and their names — are to be changed. The teams will face off in three different games — shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, one-on-one fighting game Street Fighter V and the soccer-with-cars extravaganza of Rocket League — over two seasons in a calendar year. Each season will last for five weekends followed by two weeks of finals, and an overall winner will be declared based on the franchises’ performances over the three games. Gfinity has