Join us at City of Palmerston’s "Geekfest Top End 2021."

Thousands of Territorians are expected to attend the fourth instalment of this unique all-ages event, held across three locations in the Palmerston City Centre: Goyder Square, the Palmerston Library and Recreation Centre.

With more exhibitors and entertainers planned than ever before; attendees will be treated to a range of free entertainment and activities including Major Esports and Cosplay Competitions, Pro Wrestling, Medieval Land, Virtual Reality, PC Play, Console and Tabletop Gaming, Anime, Demonstrations, Panels, Laser Tag, Mad Snake Collectors Fair/Artist Alley, Escape Room, Kids Zone and so much more.

Coming 10th July 2021, Australian Esports League (AEL) will host an exciting day of gaming & esports tournaments as part of Geekfest Top End 2021 (GFTE).

This year, City of Palmerston has worked with AEL to diversify their GFTE competitions with new and more inclusive tournaments and cosplay categories.

We are excited to announce the Female/LGBT+, High School and Adults esports tournament.

You can compete in Super Smash Bro’s Ultimate, Rocket League or Mortal Kombat 11 competitions, enter the cosplay competitions or just play some friendlies with your mates in the free play zones!

Get excited for the inaugural ‘Geekfest Top End Esports Cup’, a day of video game tournaments and cosplay competitions taking over Palmerston CBD with a total prize pool of over $10,000.

Esports tournaments include:

  • Female/Non-binary – Rocket League
  • Under 18 – Super Smash Brothers Ultimate
  • High School Teams – Rocket League
  • Opens – Super Smash Brothers Ultimate
  • Adults – Mortal Kombat 11

Cosplay competition includes the following categories:

  • 9 & under
  • ages 10-17
  • 18 & over
  • Groups

Participate for some fun, meet like-minded players and watch as champions are crowned the Geekfest Top End Esports Cup champion of 2021!

Venue

Palmerston CBD, Palmerston NT 0830

Date

10th July 2021

Time

5:00pm – 10:00pm

Entry

Free.

Geekfest Top End is proudly Sponsored by Northern Territory Government and City of Palmerston

ESPORTS COMPETITIONS

Under 18s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1)

Join in the 1 v 1 SSBU tournament today to show off your skills to compete for a share of the $800 prize pool.

Format:

Played on the Nintendo Switch in 1 v 1 format, 8 Players from the qualifiers will be invited to compete at the Geekfest Top End 2021 event with the top 2 players to appear on stage in front of an audience.

Prizes:

1st place will receive $500 in cash
2nd place will receive $200 in cash
3rd place will receive $100 in cash

Qualifiers:

In order to compete at the event you must qualify through one of the following:

  • Online Qualifier: Tuesday 29th June at 6:00pm ACST (Top 4 qualify)
  • LAN Qualifier: Details TBA (Top 4 qualify)

*Exclusive to competitors under the age of 18

Sign up for the qualifiers

High School Rocket League (2v2)

Join in the 2 v 2 Rocket League tournament today and represent your school in a showcase for which school has the best gamer!

Format:

Played on PC in 2 v 2 format, The top 2 teams from the online qualifiers go head to head at the Geekfest Top End 2021 event on stage in front of an audience.

Prizes:

1st place will receive $600 in cash ($200/person)
2nd place will win a trophy for their school valued at $200

Qualifiers:

In order to compete at the event you must qualify through the Online Qualifier taking place on Tuesday 29th June at 6:00pm ACST.

*Both players on a team must be from the same high-school

Sign up for the qualifiers

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1)

Join in the 1 v 1 SSBU tournament today to show off your skills to compete for a share of the $1400 prize pool.

Format:

Played on the Nintendo Switch in 1 v 1 format, 8 Players from the qualifiers will be invited to compete at the Geekfest Top End 2021 event with the top 2 players to appear on stage in front of an audience.

Prizes:

1st place will receive $800 in cash
2nd place will receive $400 in cash
3rd place will receive $200 in cash

Qualifiers:

In order to compete at the event you must qualify through one of the following:

  • Online Qualifier: Tuesday 29th June at 6:30pm ACST (Top 4 qualify)
  • LAN Qualifier: Details TBA (Top 4 qualify)
Sign up for the qualifiers

Rocket League (2 v 2)

Join in the 2 v 2 Rocket League tournament today to show off your skills to compete for a share of the $800 prize pool.

Format:

Played on PC in 2 v 2 format, The top 2 teams from the online qualifiers go head to head at the Geekfest Top End 2021 event on stage in front of an audience.

Prizes:

1st place will receive $500 in cash
2nd place will receive $200 in cash
3rd place will receive $100 in cash

Qualifiers:

In order to compete at the event you must qualify through the Online Qualifier taking place on Tuesday 29th June at 6:30pm ACST.

*Exclusive to women and Non-Binary competetors

Sign up for the qualifiers

18+ Mortal Kombat 11 (1 v 1)

Join in the 1 v 1 Mortal Kombat tournament today to show off your skills to compete for a share of the $800 prize pool.

Format:

Played on the PS4 in 1 v 1 format, players are seeded into a tournament bracket to play against one another until the champion is determined.

A maximum cap of 64 players is available for this competition.

Prizes:

1st place will receive $500 in cash
2nd place will receive $200 in cash
3rd place will receive $100 in cash

*Exclusive to competitors aged 18 or older

All online qualifiers will be run through Discord, All competitors will be required to join the AEL Discord server.

COSPLAY COMPETITION

Calling all cosplayers! It’s your time to shine! So dust off those costumes because the City of Palmerston will be hosting the NTs biggest cosplay competition!

The competition is open to young and old with no prior experience required so get out those glue guns and get to crafting!

Entry fee:

There is no cost to enter the 2021 Geekfest Top End Cosplay Competition.

At the event:

From 4.00pm until 5.00pm, registered participants can collect their judging number from Palmerston Recreation Centre Info Desk. Please keep with you or pin this number to your outfit until the conclusion of the judging.

Make your way to the Judging area. You will be called up by your assigned judging number. Judges will review your entry before you make an appearance on the stage runway.

Pre-register:

Participants can pre-register online via the button below.

Pre-Registrations will open from Monday 7 June and will close on Wednesday 7 July 2021.

*Submissions must not be of any r18+, sexist, racist, discriminatory or otherwise hate-related material. No dangerous materials, projectiles, props greater than 1.5m or of unwieldly weight or metal weapons. See terms & Conditions for full details.

Pre-Register here

Judging criteria:

Costumes can be purchased or hired however total score will be broken down into the following areas:

  • 40% | Workmanship – How has the outfit been modified or created? What materials have been used?
  • 20% | Embodiment of Character – Voices, motions and phrases
  • 40% | Effort – Effort undertaken to complete the overall look of the character using make-up, hair, wigs or additional props

Prizes:

Category

1st

2nd

3rd

9 & under
$200
$100
$50
10 - 17
$700
$400
$200
18 & over
$700
$400
$200
Groups
$1500
$700
$400

Palmerston Youth Festival

Date: 10 July 2021, 4:00pm – 16 July 2021, 10:00pm
Location: Palmerston City Centre
Admission: FREE

Returning in the 2021 July school holidays, the Palmerston Youth festival is set to be the biggest event on Palmerston’s calendar.

There will be plenty of free activities to discover – arts and culture, cooking masterclass, interactive activities, sporting events and of course Geekfest Top End will return embracing all things geek culture!

Targeted for young people aged 10-17, the festival runs from 10 to 16 July 2021.

The Palmerston Youth Festival is presented by the City of Palmerston and the Northern Territory Government.

FAQ Deep Dive

Is the event open to anyone?

This event is open to all. To those under the age of 16 we kindly request they obtain their parent’s permission to participate.

How many players can register?

Each game has a player cap, please check the information above to confirm how many can register for each event. Registrations are accepted on a first in best dressed basis.

The games you've chosen are amazing, but what if I play something else?

Never played Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Rocket League or Just Dance and think you may actually like it? Don’t be afraid. Sign up anyway. We won’t judge.

In the future we may have other games on offer, follow our socials to hear about any future tournaments or let us know if you have a suggestion!

And exactly how does one win?

It’s a numbers game.

Players will compete over the course of the tournament. The best of the best will face each other in a Grand Finals to determine who the ultimate winner.

Make sure to read the rules for details on the tournament formats for each game!

What if I have another question?

Email us through here! or

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Or you can message us through any one of our social pages on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and our friendly team will get back to you as soon as possible!

What if I don't want to compete in a tournament?

Don’t worry if you don’t want to compete, we will have a free play zone where you can come along and chill out to play a number of games available on the Nintendo Switch including Mario Tennis, Mario Party and more!

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