HP has announced the return of the OMEN Challenge, taking place on September 20th in London’s Camden Town.
This year’s format will see five of the world’s best CSGO players battle it out for $50,000.
Returning for its fifth year, the revamped OMEN Challenge 2019 will introduce a different tournament format including 1v1 matches and four-player deathmatches.
Players will battle it out on OMEN Obelisks and OMEN X 25 screens in a battle arena, broadcast via an augmented reality (AR) livestream by HLTV.
HP will also be inviting two amateur players to battle it out against the pros for a shot at the prize money. To support the amateur players, HP will have pashaBiceps and Juliano on hand, who will help to prepare players for the event day and provide them with tips on how to both play and perform under pressure.
The two amateurs will undertake a bootcamp at the headquarters of Astralis. They’ll be put through their paces by zonic, the coach, and get access to the full support team, including Astralis’ psychologists and fitness experts.
On the day, S1mple, Niko, Electronic, Rain, & Dev1ce – five of the world’s top CSGO players – will find themselves in a custom-built map, developed by HP in partnership with some CSGO mapmaking experts, TopHattwaffle and TheWhaleMan.
The tournament will start with a four-player deathmatch as a seeding phase, where each player fights to survive against the odds. After 14 games in the seeding phase, each player has the chance to level the playing field, gameplay moves into a more traditional tournament-style play, until one victor is crowned.
“The OMEN Challenge is returning bigger, better and more immersive than ever before,” said Chris Bohrer, Head of Marketing, Personal Systems EMEA, HP Inc.
“We continue to champion gaming as a force for progress and can’t wait to bring back the OMEN Challenge for a fifth year, giving esports stars and amateurs the chance to compete on an international stage.”
The OMEN Challenge will take place from 2.30pm to 8pm BST on September 20th at Hawley Wharf Camden in London. It will also be live streamed on Twitch at www.twitch.tv/omenbyhpeurope.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.