About Silicon Sports
Silicon Sports is an esports community based in Melbourne, Australia. Our primary goal is to help esports become an officially recognised sport within Australia & New Zealand similar to that of our Asian, European and US counterparts.
The organisation runs regular social events for major video game tournaments for the local gaming community. These are known as BarCrafts for the game StarCraft 2, Pubstomps for the game DOTA 2 and MOBArs for the game League of Legends.
Silicons Sports pioneered the cinema spectator events in Australia for major championships such as Dota 2’s The International and for League of Legends World Championships with Village Cinemas in Victoria and Event Cinemas in NSW.
Silicon Sports also run their own tournaments, both online and at LANs, for several game titles.
Besides this, Silicon Sports helps local talented players by supporting them in a professional gaming team, Team Silicon Sports, otherwise known as SLCN.pro.
Silicon Sports hosted the very first BarCraft Melbourne event in March 2012 for StarCraft 2.
Silicon Sports hosted the very first PubStomp Melbourne event in July 2013.
Lalor McMahon, aka ‘rezyn8’, is the founder and owner of Silicon Sports.
His earliest memories of gaming stretch back to playing PacMan on a handheld and Duck Hunt on the NES. Lalor cut his teeth in competitive circles as an FPS gamer through the Quake series, Counter Strike, Team Fortress and Battlefield. He was also lead admin of the Pacnet Gaming Network as well as admin for AusRA3, OzFortress and OQCL Leagues. You can now catch Lalor online in a myriad of games, most notably Destiny 2, Dota 2, The Division 2 just to name a few.
His focus is primarily aimed at gaining mainstream recognition of esports in Australia and New Zealand through grass roots community engagement via tournaments and supporting local talent through Team Silicon Sports (SLCN.pro) and the Silicon Sports Academy as well as championing events such as BarCraft, Pubstomp, MOBAr and the cinema viewing experiences for major championships.
You can follow Lalor @rezyn8 on Twitter.
Glenn Jones, aka ‘Synthetic’, is a self confessed nerd and co-founder of Silicon Sports.
Coming from a largely influential gaming background, Glenn started playing Starcraft in 1998 and never looked back. From raid and guild leading in World of Warcraft, endless loot running in Diablo 2 and 3, and many games played in Warcraft 3, Blizzard games have always been close to his heart.
Being involved in the StarCraft: Brood War Aus-1 scene, and many tight knit circles of Melbourne Starcraft, he knew that this was something that he wanted to see progress, and help show off the amazing potential that Australian gamers have.
Glenn wants to see Australian eSports grow into a self sufficient, prosperous industry. An industry where players are able to be widely recognised and have the opportunity to make a living doing what they truly love.
You can follow Glenn @SLCN_Synthetic on Twitter.
Mark Fittipaldi, aka ‘Petrify’, is a manager for Silicon Sports.
Born and raised a gamer, Mark has been playing games competitively with siblings since birth. His first dive into online gaming began at the young age of seven where he began playing the MMO Ultima online (which he played for ten years). Through this introduction into online games, Mark began playing competitive Counterstrike: Source and Command and Conquer 3 at the age of 14. He has played a vast amount of games at a high level since then, including Heroes of Newerth and Hearthstone, however most notably Mark stumbled across StarCraft 2 and made a splash into the SEA scene in 2012. It was through StarCraft that he met Lalor and Glenn and started Team Silicon Sports.
Marks’ main passion is to help Australian eSports develop into a scene where competitive gamers will be able to justify competing full-time, through the support of structured tournaments, teams and companies.
You can follow Mark @PetrifySC2 on Twitter.
Jeremy Barnes, aka ‘effektd’ joins Silicon Sports as columnist writing about all things going on in gaming culture.
Jeremy’s main gaming influences began with Counter-Strike running a clan during the golden era of the GameArena ladder. Albeit the team did not see much success! From Counter-Strike Jeremy migrated to World of Warcraft running a successful sister guild to Synthetic’s US-Dath’Remar ‘Entity’ on US-Nagrand of the same name during the Burning Crusade expansion.
Since then his main gaming focuses have been on a mix of games ranging from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Heroes of the Storm and World of Tanks.
Core gaming interests revolve around Nintendo franchises and products with potentially an unhealthy obsession with everything Legend of Zelda.
While Jeremy’s core focus recently has been on writing articles for Silicon Sports you can find him assisting with most of the main Silicon Sport live events run in Melbourne.
You can follow Jeremy @effektd on Twitter.