Playing computer games for a living wouldn’t be a bad gig.

But for professional eSports team ORDER, it’s not just fun and games. The group has been heralded as Australia’s strongest team at a tournament of popular first-person shooter video game Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

ASX-listed Esports Mogul (ASX:ESH) — which just launched its online gaming platform Mogul Arena — has partnered up with the Melbourne young guns, offering anyone the chance to battle them as prize in an upcoming competition.

eSports — organised, multiplayer video game competitions often featuring professional players — is emerging as a new investment area.

Arrowhead Resources (ASX:AR1) yesterday completed a $5 million capital raising to transform into eSports player Emerge Gaming. HT&E (ASX:HT1) – the former APN News and Media – has plans to launch a national competitive gaming league.

ESH describes the opportunity as “a battle for the prize of a lifetime” and investors seem to agree. The shares were trading up 7 per cent on the news, at 1.5c.

Esports Mogul (ESH) share price movements over the past six months.
Esports Mogul (ESH) share price movements over the past six months.

The team itself has also launched its own equity crowdfunding campaign under a plan to become the world’s first esports club.

“The community can now own a stake in one of the top performing brands in APAC and be involved in the fastest growing sport in the world,” ORDER owner Gerard Murphy said.

“We established ORDER in 2017 and our teams have topped local and international ladders since.”

Contributions from fans will be used to build ORDER’s state of the art headquarters — House of ORDER — which will be the first of its kind in Australia.

House of ORDER is set to be located in Melbourne’s CBD and will feature three levels that will include a world class space for tournaments and events, themed gaming lounges, a bar, merchandise and ORDER offices.