What is MOBAR?
Taking inspiration from StarCraft 2′s BarCraft events, MOBAR is an event where like-minded League of Legends fans gather in a bar to tune into a live broadcast of League of Legends tournament gameplay, while enjoying good food, drinks and company. MOBAR initially started as a joint event with BarCraft events around the world, streaming gameplay from major tournaments which catered to both StarCraft 2 and League of Legends, but quickly grew into its own entity in September of 2012. There are currently consistent MOBAR events being held in North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, with more and more events launching around the globe.
The term “MOBAR” was coined by Oceanic eSports in mid-2012 by combining the game genre, “MOBA” with the location of the event, a “bar” to produce the witty term, “MOBAR”.
Oceanic eSports MOBAR
Following the success of Sydney BarCraft, Oceanic eSports’ passion for eSports drove them to launch a similar event for League of Legends, but world timezones presented many difficulties in achieving this. This was finally made feasible with launch of OnGameNet’s League of Legends tournament, OGN Champions, in South Korea.
Oceanic eSports held its first MOBAR event on the 8th of September 2012 in the heart of Circular Quay, Sydney. A crowd of 300+ League of Legends fans entered through the doors of the Republic Hotel to watch the Grand Finals of the OGN Champions Summer tournament, instantly making Sydney MOBAR the largest MOBAR event in the world. The MOBAR atmosphere continues to draw fans back to every event, with more and more fans attending each event; Sydney MOBAR is currently setting the global record of 500+ fans in one event.
MOBAR also offers a unique opportunity for fans to meet their favorite players, whom they have only seen online. The Sydney MOBAR event on the 4th of January 2013 was a special Meet & Greet session with Team Solo Mid’s Brian “TheOddOne” Wyllie, an opportunity many fans in the Oceanic region rarely get to experience. Such a rare opportunity that fans from the South East Asia region flew to Sydney to experience. Many professional players in the Oceanic region also frequent MOBAR events, giving fans a chance to meet their local stars!
With Sydney MOBAR being a proven success, Oceanic eSports launched their second line of MOBAR events in Brisbane in June 2013. They hope to launch more MOBAR events across more regions in Australia over the coming months.
Currently, Oceanic eSports runs MOBAR events in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.