2023 E Blacks Qualifier

The road to the 15th World Esports Championships in Iasi, Romania begins with the 2023 E Blacks Qualifier. We’re on the hunt for the best teams from around New Zealand to compete for global glory and $500,000 USD.

NZ Esports will be assembling representatives in CS:GO, eFootball and Tekken7 to compete in the 15th World Esports Championships. Below you will find information for each of our online and regional qualifiers. The top competitiors from these events will be invited to compete at the E Blacks National Qualifiers in Auckland at the end of March (final date to be confirmed).


Qualifier Type: Open Online

Date: Sunday 5th of March

Format: Double Elimination

Players invited to Grand Final: Top 2


Qualifier Type: Live and Online

Date: 18th Feb – 5th of March

Grand Final Format: Round Robin with Top 2 moving into Bo3 Semi-Final. Grand Final Bo5.

Players invited to Grand Final

2x Auckland
2x Hamilton
1x Wellington
1x Christchurch
1x Online PC
1x Online PS4/PS5

Qualifier Type: Open Online

Date: 4th of March

Format: Double Elimination

Teams invited to Grand Final: Top 2

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes and No. 

The Tekken and eFootball E Blacks will qualify directly to the WEC23 in Romania.

The CS:GO E Black teams will first face Australia and then the winner moves on to an offline qualifier in Asia to earn their spot at WEC23.


Yes. Accommodation, travel and per diems will be included for all qualifying teams competing internationally. This funding does not cover managers or coaches.


Some of these dates are still being finalised and will be confirmed with players as soon as we know.

E Blacks Grand Final: 18th or 25th of March

Australia v New Zealand: Late April

Asia Offline Qualifier: Unknown

Iasi, Romania World Championships: 24th August – 4th September


Yes. Coaches and managers may attend however they will not be covered by the NZ Esports funding.


Yes. Teams can gain individual sponsorships for this event, however they cannot conflict with any existing sponsors we have for our entire E Blacks squad.

More information will be available to qualifying players.


Yes. The International Esports Federation have announced a women’s track for CS:GO. 

We require a minimum of four (4) teams to have a valid qualifier, so spread the word!


Yes and No. We will be hosting the Tekken and eFootball players in Auckland to compete live. 

CS:GO will be determined when we know where the majority of the winning teams are based.


Yes. This event is only open to New Zealand residents, citizens and passport holders. 

If you choose to compete in this event you must be willing and able to travel without restriction.


You are able to register two substitute players for team events. However, the final competing team will need to be decided before travel to Romania.

We will only be able to fund the competing players. If you wish to self-fund a substitute player, we can work on this as the need arises.


You need a full team with all player details before you can register.

Unfortunately we do not run a player/team matching service at the moment, but feel free to join our Discord community to look for a team.


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