Those looking to qualify for the New Zealand Gaming Championship League of Legends 2016 Premiership should get their game face on for this weekend.

The New Zealand Gaming Championship (NZGC) has confirmed that open qualifiers will begin this weekend, running both Saturday and Sunday.

Those looking to enter can register now. Entry is free, with the top three teams being seeded into the premiership.

A total of four teams will enter the 2016 premiership alongside 2015 champions 'Villains'. A final team will be selected during a 'last shot' qualifier in mid-August.

Those that qualify that will then compete in of six weeks of tournament play. Players will be flown to Auckland from around the country to play in New Zealand's first e-sports arena, the Hexadome.

Matches will be broadcast every Wednesday from September 7 on Sky from 7:30pm, while weekly round-robin and elimination matches will screen live online via a "purpose-built NZ gaming hub" from September 3.

A live Grand Final event will take place on October 12 at The Idea Collective at MOTAT in Auckland.

“Delivering the first live broadcast of e-sports with Sky in December was just the beginning of something massive," said NZGC president Dan Wrightson. "E-sports is growing like wildfire and the NZGC Premiership will introduce new teams, players and champions to fans in 2016.”

“Villains have set the benchmark for total professionalism in e-sports with an outstanding tournament winning record and exceptional playing roster. It will be exciting to watch our next top gaming teams trying to take them down.”