Dark Sided Departs From 3 Divisions

Today, we are disheartened to inform the public that ViewSonic.Dark Sided will be stepping away from Counter Strike, Rocket League, and Hearthstone for the immediate future.


First and foremost, these players. James, Noisia, Andy, Void, Sk, Hughesy, MrLego, Shadey, Express, Dumbo, and Enigma are some of the greatest blokes we’ve had throughout our time and by no means is there any animosity between ourselves and any of these players. We would also like to mention that we highly advocate these teams for any organisation looking to involve themselves and make a forceful presence.

To address this topic both wholistically and justly, our Founder and CEO Matthew Westphal has said a few words in response to these changes.

We’d also like to show gratitude to both the players and their respective communities for their continual support throughout our journey in these titles. Circumstances have shown that Dark Sided cannot currently be involved and we must appropriately take this moment to take a step back. We are thankful of your support and best wishes to all moving forward.


Dark Sided welcomes Social Media dynamic duo

Today, ViewSonic.Dark Sided is expanding its support staff and bringing on not one, but two Social Media experts to further drive the brand forward into 2018. We're very excited to welcome Jas and Benji to our management team.


ViewSonic . Dark Sided as a brand has had an amazing year of growth. Here are some high level statistics we've collected from our social media platforms from 2017.

  • 8,000 Twitter followers (86% growth)
  • 2,000 Twitch followers (878% growth)
  • 1,500 Youtube subscribers (257% growth)
  • 1,000 Facebook likes (166% growth)
  • 500 Instagram followers (923% growth)
  • 400 Discord members (487% growth)
  • 300 Snapchat friends (Created in 2017)

ViewSonic Dark Sided have been looking for the perfect person to fill this role for a long time. It took a long while because we have a very specific vision for our brand and how we want to execute that vision. Finally we've been able to fill this role with two amazing specialists with whom we not only share a passion for esports, but also are capable of taking our vision and driving forward with it.

Steve Andreou - Dark Sided Co-owner

When the offer arised from Dark Sided that there was a position they wanted me to fill, I was kind of blown away. These guys have been working so hard on their brand and they have got it to a point where it is one of the strongest brands in this region, so for me; this opportunity is huge. I don't think that I could have taken this job on without my co-worker Jasmine though. She may be new to esports, but she is definitely a massive talent to watch out for. I can't wait to see how we form this brand as a team over 2018!

Benji - Dark Sided Marketing Expert

So please welcome Jas and Benji to the ViewSonic.Dark Sided and be sure to follow us on the social platforms mentioned above for more great esports content in 2018!

A look back at May 2017

We made it! We survived May.

Dark Sided had an absolutely huge month on the ground with some massive local events and some even bigger international experiences. Before we get to that, I want to personally thank everyone that ordered a Dark Sided Custom Jersey from our Store, we got so many tweets from fans and supporters this month showing us their jerseys and anyone that participated in our first birthday giveaway! Interactions like this are so important to us because without our supporters we couldn't have made it this far.

Dark Sided esports player jersey
Dark Sided esports player jersey - Featuring sponsors Viewsonic, Aorus, Plantronics and ZQracing

As I mentioned previously, Dark Sided had a huge month of LAN events starting with the SMITE roster playing at the first ever Intel Extreme Masters in Sydney. Of‘course this was a momentous occasion because it was the first IEM to visit our shores but also the first LAN event for the team under Dark Sided. After taking a loss in the first game on stage the boys managed to regroup and gain a good lead early in the second game, but when push came to shove the boys weren't able to close out the game and lost in straight games versus Legacy Esports. Nevertheless it was great to watch them play up on the Community Stage at such a huge event. Personally, I got to learn a lot about SMITE and interact with some of the community members which is always great.

Dark Sided verse Legacy Gaming at ESL in Sydney
Dark Sided Counterstrike (CSGO) featuring Viewsonic monitor

Just a week later we had probably the biggest week in Dark Sided history. The Counter Strike roster set off to London to compete in the ESEA Mountain Dew League Season 24 LAN Global Finals which saw them face off against teams from both Europe and the United States. The team were set to face Sweedish powerhouse GODSENT in their first game of Pool A and the boys didn't disappoint. Pulling out all the stops after being 8-1 down on Mirage the boys managed to push the game into overtime but ultimately falling to GODSENT 19-17 in a super close finish.

Dark Sided team vs Godsent - ESEA
Dark Sided Counterstrike (CSGO) team

Up next the boys played Enigma6 on Overpass and started the game on a completely different foot than the last, jumping out to an early lead. The US based Enigma6 managed to claw back a few rounds winning 4 straight which made for a competitive end to the first half. The second half started a little rougher than the first for Dark Sided but they managed to close out the game 16-10

The final game of the group stage saw a runback versus GODSENT on Cache. The Dark Sided boys won the first two rounds before the Sweeds showed what they were made of dropping just one round for the rest of the half on the CT side. Second half was a similar story with Dark Sided off to a great start but it was too little too late with GODSENT closing out the game 16-11.

Team DarkSided
Dark Sided - ESEA

Failing the defeat GODSENT resulted in not making the playoff bracket and eliminating the boys after quite an impressive weekend of Counter Strike. We managed to catch a bunch of the games over the weekend (while at BAM9!) really late at night and for me personally, the first game was one of the most thrilling games of Counter Strike I'd ever watched. Maybe I just wanted to see the boys come out on top so bad!

Meanwhile, back in Melbourne everyone else was attending Battle Arena Melbourne 9 which for me, has been the highlight of the year so far. Naturally, coming from the Fighting Game Community (FGC) I would probably say something like that. It's always great to see people at what Esports people call "LANS" even though, there is very little networking done between consoles for a fighting game tournament.

Dark Sided Super Smash Bros Melee Player Spud at Couchwarrior's Battle Arena Melbourne 9
Dark Sided fighting game community players

It was great to watch our Dark Sided Street Fighter V trio of Somniac, Falco and ZG team up for the SFV 3v3 tournament. I particularly enjoyed watching how much Somniac played the "team tournament" metagame utilising blind pick and changing up the team order. Each of the boys did so well on the weekend, both Falco and Somniac placing in the Top 32. Unfortunately ZG wasn't able to join them bowing out in the Losers Final of his pool after being knocked down by INFILTRATION but such are the woes of double elimination brackets in a tournament setting.

Speaking of making it all the way to Losers Final in Street Fighter V, Wazminator having a breakout performance over the weekend showing us all the (now familiar...) force of a pad playing Boxer powering his way up the loser bracket but eventually falling to the legendary Sakonoko. However, this was but a warm up for Waz as his true test was to come to the day after in the Mortal Kombat XL tournament. He powered through his pool just narrowly avoiding a loss to SAGGAT83 with a rather large comeback and defeated long time rival Gilbagz in the opening round of Top 8.

So close, yet so far to the trophy Wazminator had to face off against previous BAM champion GooGie in the Winners Final. Wazminator managed to defeat the reigning champion to make it into the Grand Final and in true fighting game story cliché fashion, the defending champion came back for revenge out of the Losers bracket. Wazminator was not phased though and managed to seal the deal and claim the title of BAM9 MKXL Champion!

Seems like a lot went down that weekend at Battle Arena Melbourne 9 but I'm not finished with this story. Dark Sided still had Spud competing in Super Smash Bros Melee. Now, I'm not a huge Smash fan... I've never really sat down and watched a lot of Melee because usually when I'm around Melee I'm also around Street Fighter and that's where my interests lie but I gave myself a goal for the BAM9 weekend to become more interested in Melee and watching Spud destroy these boys in the Top 8 only dropping just a single game in the Top 8 was nothing short of amazing.

There were some really great storylines that emerged from the Melee tournament at BAM9 like Spud being knocked down into Losers bracket during Top 64 by Zxv who is considered to be Australia's best (and only?) Sheik player. Zxv went on to terrorise the Top 8 eventually copping a loss to BAM9 runner up Sora. His amazing run would see him face off again with Spud in the Losers Final which was one of the best sets of the tournament with Spud looking to an alternate character to adapt to his opponent. Spud went on to face Sora in the Grand Final and win 3-1, 3-0 to become the BAM9 Melee champion.

Dark Sided Wazminator - MKXL Battle Arena Melbourne 9 Champion
Dark Sided Super Smash Bros Melee player Spud - Battle Arena Melbourne 9 Champion

That was just the first two weeks of May. Lucky for me, not much out of the ordinary happened in the last fortnight of May. We've got a whole lot of stuff on the horizon across the board which I'm excited to share with you guys but now is not the time or the place for that. Just keep your eye on Dark Sided and hopefully I'll see you at the next event!