COMPUTER and peripheral manufacturers Dell have partnered with one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest gaming and e-sports venues as its ‘end to end’ technology partner.
As part of the agreement Dell will outfit Fortress Melbourne and its 200 seat main arena (the Alienware Arena) with “some of Alienware’s most powerful PCs… and cutting-edge gaming peripherals”, according to a press release from the tech manufacturer.
Dell and its gaming brand Alienware will be proving more than 150 Alienware Aurora R9 gaming PCs, running Intel processors and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 GPUS, backed up with Dell Pro Support.
There will also be a mix of Alienware 27” and 34” gaming monitors with Legend ID design, RGB keyboards, gaming mice and headsets, intended to offer gamers the best in class game performance, according to Dell.
Dell Technologies Australia-New Zealand consumer and small business general manager Ben Jackson said Melbourne was at the epicentre of Australia’s growing gaming community, particularly given it was the location for PAX Australia as well as the Melbourne E-Sports Open.
“We’re passionate about making Australia’s e-sports scene the best it can be, and we couldn’t be happier to partner with Fortress Melbourne. We believe that the venue will become the unofficial home for professional and casual gamers alike,” he said.
Dell is also providing a full IT infrastructure solution for Fortress Melbourne, including Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 servers featuring second generation Intel Xeon scalable processors, Dell EMC SC Series storage, providing multimedia support for gaming streaming services and Dell EMC N and S-Series networking for high availability and low latency.
Fortress Australia CEO Jon Satterly said they wanted Fortress Fortress Melbourne to become the go-to venue for all Australian gamers, which is why they were so excited to be partnering with Dell Technologies.
“By having our venue equipped with Alienware’s powerful gaming PCs and peripherals, as well as infrastructure from Dell Technologies, gamers of all skill levels will be able to experience the best gaming equipment in the world,” he said.
“The partnership between Dell Technologies and Fortress Melbourne comes at an exciting time for Australia’s professional gaming culture. The IGEA Digital Australian 2020 Report shows that Australian audiences are continuing to flock to e-sports tournaments and gaming events, as the local sector follows the lead of the United States and Europe’s billion-dollar e-sports industries.”