Pantheon was born as a Counter-Strike team in early 2001. By March of that year some of Australia’s best players were aboard: Kalgo, OutBreak, Grim_Chicken, BiGG-D, Noetix, Loki, Rase, Neomatrix, Elite, Dux, R3COIL, Aphex, OverDrive, Hellspawnstar, Minbari and Fleshy. In 2002 history was made when Kalgo, Grim_Chicken, BiGG-D, Outbreak, and RasE won Australia’s first major professional gaming tournament: the CPL Pacific (CyberAthlete Professional League).
The team’s popularity soon exploded and the Pantheon website went on to host tens of thousands of registered accounts, receiving over a million page views per month. Pantheon had become more than a team and so a shift was made from playing to organising, as Pantheon Electronic Sports. PES quickly became the dwelling of Australia’s most elite gamers and the country’s number one destination for all things Counter-Strike and e-sports.
PES went on to run their own state-based and national competitions, facilitate the organisation and running of numerous World Cyber Games national qualifiers at locations such as Sydney’s Darling Harbour, and was hired to design and run the Intelligent Home Show Games (IHS Games) at Melbourne’s Exhibition & Convention Centre.
During 2006 the PES website was hacked and all data erased, along with its user accounts and content.
Six years after the demise of PES, with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on the horizon, a new start has been envisioned. PES now looks forward to establishing ourselves as a popular destination for competitive CSGO players as we deliver editorial and professionally run, large prize-pool CSGO tournaments.