This year's night is all about e-sports, a highly topical subject - games boomed during the pandemic. While some people and the media see games primarily in connection with addictive behavior, scientists and game researchers are concerned with their positive aspects: not only cognitive, but also motor skills - such as hand-eye coordination and reaction speed - and social skills are trained, depending on the game.
During the Long Night, visitors can immerse themselves in the gaming world in a rousing stadium atmosphere, compete against e-sports professionals, try out games such as FIFA and League of Legends, and learn more about responsible gaming.
What is e-sports? – 6.30 pm and 10.30 pm
The Austrian e-sports scene introduces itself.
The Austrian e-sports scene has existed since 2007, when the eSports Association Austria (ESVÖ) was founded. The goal was: to promote e-sports in Austria. The ESVÖ sees itself as the first point of contact for interested parties and is committed to increasing the popularity of electronic sports. In the meantime, there are about 25 Austrian clubs that belong to the ESVÖ and one year after its foundation, it became, together with 8 other nations, a founding member of the International eSports Federation, which has its headquarters in South Korea.
eBundesliga Bootcamp + Beat The Pro – 6.45 pm and 11.15 pm Challenge pros and get useful tips.
Maybe you have a hidden talent and in you even slumbers the best FIFA gamer in Austria? Since 2017, the eBundesliga, the official eSports competition of the Austrian Football League, has been looking for the best gamer in Austria. All persons aged 16 and older (cut-off date: 01.10.2005) residing in Austria or abroad with Austrian citizenship are eligible to play in the eBundesliga. At the Long Night, you will have the opportunity to challenge the pros of e-sports and get tips and tricks in the process. We keep our fingers crossed for you!
Film screening (EBENE 3) - from 18:00, film starts every 45 min. DocFilm: "Playing rich - eSports as a billion-dollar business". We will show the film throughout on level 3 in the "Purple Room".
How does an e-sports tournament work? – 8.15 pm A glimpse behind the scenes of a live match.
Take a look behind the scenes of an e-sports tournament. Experience the live atmosphere and cheer on the teams playing against each other. What makes it so fascinating and why are e-sports tournaments often compared to classic sporting events?
Gaming stations eBundesliga and A1 LEAGUE – 6.00 pm to 12.00 midnight Try out different games and experience pros up close.
Throughout the evening, there will be several gaming stations where they can try out a wide variety of games and experience the pros up close. Every season, thousands of gamers compete in the official league games to crown themselves champion. Tournaments, such as the annual League of Legends World Championship, are sometimes watched by over 100 million viewers. Take the opportunity and test different sports during the long night.
Information about gaming – 6.00 pm to 12.00 midnight At the info booth, the team of the Federal Office for the Positive Assessment of Digital Games (BuPP) provides advice on games with a high educational value and gaming at home and at school.
Gaming has to contend with prejudices among some parents. They are concerned when their children want a console and think of LAN parties lasting for days. But how dangerous is gaming really and what does a competent approach to games look like? The Federal Office for the Positive Predication of Digital Games (BuPP) has an information booth at the museum, offers advice and provides information on pedagogically valuable computer games and games. On the BuPP website, parents and educators can also find lists of recommendable games to help them make an informed choice.