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DSR Gaming & Esports Initiative

Updated: Sep 6, 2023


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Disability Sport and Recreation (DSR) is thrilled to announce a new Gaming & Esports initiative for 2023.

In a partnership with the Australian-based esports team Ground Zero Gaming (GZG), DSR has created an online gaming pilot program for the free-to-play video game, Rocket League.


This program will include preparation workshops, skills training, grading matches, streaming, online behaviour and an 8-week competition starting from May 29th.

For those who wish to be part of this exciting initiative, a DSR Discord Server has been created for the community to engage and share in.


"Delivering on our vision of people with disability having the choice to access any sport or active recreation they want to engage with, DSR have leapt into the exciting online gaming and esports space." said Liz Tesone CEO of Disability Sport & Recreation.
"Research and feedback has identified a significant number of people within the disability community describe themselves as gamers who are avid or social players." said Tesone.
"We believe this gaming experience will create enjoyment, new relationships and extend across the community. Please enjoy this with us, whether as a player or watching the community grow." said Tesone.


What is Rocket League?

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[Image ID: A photo from the video game Rocket League. An orange and green car with yellow wheels is flying and hitting a giant soccer ball in the air]

Rocket League is a video game that combines arcade-style soccer and driving games by controlling rocket-powered vehicles, used to score goals with a giant soccer ball. Gameplay is energetic and chaotic as the cars can flip and fly in all directions.


Rocket League supports single player, multiplayer and cross-platform play. Online players are teamed up by the game’s matchmaking system (up to 8 players per team) who can play casually or take part in the online Competitive Seasons to climb the ranks and earn rewards.


Rocket League is an established eSport and features on social and streaming platforms like Twitch and YouTube that is played on gaming platforms - Microsoft Windows, Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch.



Who are Ground Zero Gaming?

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Founded in 2017, Ground Zero Gaming (GZG) has grown to become one of Oceania’s leading esports competitors, and a pioneer in community gaming activations.


GZG compete professionally in Rocket League, League of Legends and Overwatch. GZG Rocket League team has won the Oceanic Major three times, representing the region at the World Championships, represented Team Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.


GZG has a diverse team of content creators, spanning across Twitch, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook that covers varied audiences, featuring mainstream gameplay right through to niche indie games and variety streams.


What is Discord?

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Discord is a free communications app to share voice, video, and text chat with friends, game communities, and developers.

It is one of the most popular ways to connect with people online in a moderated and safe community environment to participate and engage.

The DSR Discord server @ https://discord.gg/x9jRQtadX2 will be available and become the destination point for the program, including player verifications, authorisations, FAQ’s, server rules, announcements, channels, quiz games with a launch and growth strategy to invite and encourage friends to join.



Important Infomation


Entry - This program is open to players of the age group 15+ to either play or watch and learn as part of the community in Australia and New Zealand


Ability - It is open to all - From zero previous experience to expert level


Equipment - Rocket League is a free-to-play game on PC, Playstation, Xbox or Nintendo Switch


Discord - Invitation Link to join the Discord @ https://discord.gg/x9jRQtadX2


Preparation - Workshops & Customs will begin from May 15th


One-Day Event - Skill level and grading assessment of the players interested from May 22nd


League Competition - The League is over 8 weeks and will commence from May 29th onwards





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