Before you arrive

What is MEO?

The Melbourne Esports Open™ is Australasia’s biggest festival of esports. Compete against other players in Open Tournaments for awesome prizes, check out the best professional teams from all around, or play the latest and upcoming titles in the JB Hi-Fi Game On Zone!

Where can I get tickets?

Ticket features, prices and purchase links can be found here.

What is esports?

Esports can be simply described as organised competitive gaming. Have you ever pulled off a Victory Royale online, or destroyed your friends at Super Smash Bros on the couch? Then you’re ready to compete in some esports at MEO!

Are there age restrictions for the event?

The Melbourne Esports Open™ is a family friendly event open to all ages, however certain activities will have age restrictions, such as areas, games and tournaments showcasing MA15+ or R18+ content.

What Open Tournaments can I play in?

Stay tuned for more info on what open tournaments will feature at MEO 2020.

What if I’m not good enough to compete?

MEO’s Open Tournaments are all about having fun and engaging with other like-minded and passionate gamers, no matter what your skill level. Enter for free, play with and pickup tips from the pros, and take home some new strategies to try out!

There are also a number of activities for our single-player fans out there, including the latest tech, new releases and upcoming blockbusters in the JB Hi-Fi Game On Zone, and don’t forget to check out the 300 meter long Monster inflatable obstacle course in the Grand Slam Oval!

What can I watch?

Want to cheer on some amazing esports action in a dedicated arena? We have you covered! Check our schedule page for all the info.

How do I get there?

There are a number of public transport options when travelling to MEO. We recommend organizing ahead using the Public Transport Victoria Journey Planner.


  • Route 70
    • Stop 7B – Garden Square Entry
    • Stop 7C – walk south to the MEO Main Entry (Melbourne Arena)


  • Alight at Richmond station for a short ten minute walk to Melbourne Arena


  • Bus 246 travels down Punt Road and stops at the corner of Olympic Boulevard. From there is a short ten minute walk to Melbourne Arena


  • The best parking for the main entry of MEO is in the Eastern Carpark. It is recommended to pre-book parking, which can be done here.

Can I volunteer at MEO?

Yes you can! Apply now to be a part of this vibrant community that helps make the magic happen. Have a question? That’s ok, we have answers – please email volunteer inquiries to volunteers.au@staff.eslgaming.com

Where do I register as press?

On our official press portal, here.

At the event

Where do I enter?

The main entry for MEO will be via Olympic Boulevard between the Grand Slam Oval and Melbourne Arena, with a secondary entry point located at Garden Square.

Is there a schedule for Open Tournaments?

Open tournaments will run on both days throughout the weekend, with a detailed schedule to be released closer to the event.

Can I bring my own controller, mouse+keyboard?

Read our Open Tournament peripherals policy FAQ here – https://melbourneesportsopen.com.au/open-tournaments-peripherals-policy-faq/

What do I get for competing in Open Tournaments?

Prizes for open tournaments include JB Hi-Fi in-store vouchers, vouchers to the ESL Merchandise shop, and more.

Will there be pro-team signing sessions?

Yes! Keep an eye on the MEO website and social channels for updates on signing session timetables and appearances.

Can I buy team merch?

Absolutely! There will be official pro team merchandise from teams at the event, as well as some merchandise from world-renowned sports teams.

Can I bring my camera?

Absolutely! DSLRs are welcome at the Melbourne Esports Open, with no restrictions on lenses this year. It is up to you to ensure that you follow relevant venue signage on photography areas, and gain any required photographic consent from who you’re shooting. Hotshoe flashes are not permitted, and camera flashes cannot be used near active competitions/stages/tournaments or in Rod Laver Arena.

What else should I know about photography at the event?

Attendance at the Melbourne Esports Open may lead to your image and likeness being photographed and video recorded by or on behalf of ESL Gaming Australia Pty Ltd (ESL), or by third parties outside of the control of ESL Gaming Australia Pty Ltd. By being present at the Melbourne Esports Open, you grant permission for ESL, its affiliates, and unaffiliated media organisations to publish your name, image, likeness, and written or oral statements in connection with any still photographs, live or recorded video, or other transmission or reproduction, in whole or in part, of the event, whether or not those items come from items created by representatives of ESL. You acknowledge that third parties may also create such items and any claims against such items must be taken up directly with the third parties.