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eSports

  • Q&A: expect two seasons, real teams in second year of F1 esports

    The inaugural F1 esports season last year marked the first time that Formula One really embraced competitive gaming. Between the big viewer numbers, great commentary and entertaining races, it was hard to find fault with the first go. Last week, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we got more information on the second season, which will actually be split into two seasons (one based on the F1 2017 game, and the other based on F1 2018). We interviewed Dr Julian Tan, head of digital strategy and transformation for F1 esports. Tan confirmed that there will be two seasons this year, the first...

  • Telkom launches VS Gaming, standalone esports company

    Telkom has formed a standalone company dedicated to esports, called VS Gaming, effectively replacing its Digital Gaming League (DGL) operation. According to a press release sent to Gearburn, the new company is led by Cambridge Mokonyane, who had previously served as Telkom's head of brand for more than three years. "Telkom pioneered esports in South Africa, but with its tremendous growth, we realised that it needed to be a stand-alone entity to give it the focus, energy and attention it deserves. This new entity will have the backing of Telkom to further expand esports in South Africa," Mokonyane was quoted as saying. "The aim...

  • eSports in 2016: the lists and figures you should know

    I've written before about eSports, but the thought occurred to me the other day -- apart from the obvious Counter Strikes and Call of Duty titles -- how many other eSports games do you actually know? I'm certainly not an expert but I am familiar with all the games on the lists below and I was surprised by some of the findings. If you're an ardent fan, then you've likely spent some time watching eSports matches on platforms like Twitch so you're probably more in the know there, but there are a number of factors to consider when looking at the...

  • eSports, rAge and the development of South African competitive gaming

    When I was growing up there was no such thing as competitive gaming or eSports. Video games? You grew out of them when you became an adult. LOL! I wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for video games, and I have no doubt that if anyone had come to me and told me I could play games professionally as a sport, I would have practised a hell of a lot harder! The great thing now of course is that these things are a reality. You can get your South African colours in vidya gamez. For realzies. And a couple of weekends...

  • rAge 2016: who got their share of R1m for Telkom DGL?

    This past weekend saw the Masters Final of Telkom DGL (Digital Gaming League) take place at rAge 2016, as top players slugged it out in Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). The event had a total prize pool of R1-million, so who hit the jackpot then? In Dota 2, White Rabbit Gaming claimed the R200 000 top prize after beating Bravado Gaming in the finals. But Bravado didn't walk away empty handed here, netting a second place prize of R90 000. In CS:GO, Bravado Gaming went one better and earned the R200 000 winner's prize, beating CarboN eSports (who earned R90 000 for...

  • Telkom DGL, CWL & more: here’s your rAge 2016 eSport calendar

    If you can't make it to Northgate, Johannesburg for rAge 2016 this weekend, fret not. You might be missing out on all the cosplay, new game demos and the NAG LAN, but at least you can watch the live eSport action taking place at the expo. Three headline tournaments spanning the next-gen consoles and PC gaming world will be on show, including the DGL, CWL and ACE. But if you aren't one for acronyms, and want to know how to keep track of these tournaments from the comfort of your fluffy lounge suite, check out the links below. Telkom DGL Masters finals Telkom's...

  • SuperSport commits to eSport, begins ELeague broadcast this week

    Back in March 2016, South African sports channel SuperSport broadcast highlights of the IEM World Championship. We thought it would be a one hit wonder, but it turns out that we were thankfully wrong. The channel has now announced a fatter eSports lineup in the form of the CS:GO-based ELeague. The Atlanta-based eSports competition will boast "18 elite Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams from around the globe competing over 10 weeks," the channel states. This also happens to be the ELeague's first season, after the idea of the league was realised by Turner Broadcasting and William Morris Endeavor. The ELeague's prize fund stands...

  • eSports on SuperSport? Here’s what Twitter thought

    On other sports channels last night, Arsenal took on Hull in an FA Cup replay, highlights of the Paris-Nice cycle tour showed off some French vineyard splendour, and SuperSport FC took on Golden Arrows in South Africa's Nedbank Cup. But what was Twitter talking about? The IEM World Championship CS: GO highlights, starring champions WeRunThisPlace and Fnatic. We've seen the topic of eSports raised on previous channels and news networks, but for the first time on SA television, we saw eSports broadcast as a sporting event on a sports network to a completely different audience, and Twitter was a-buzz. Here's what we,...

  • eSports is coming to SuperSport, starting with IEM World Championship

    We're nowhere near April Fools Day just yet, so SuperSport's latest press release is definitely not a joke. The Naspers-owned company has today announced that it will be airing eSports alongside its football, rugby and cricket packages, beginning this week. And nope, you did not read that incorrectly. "Local research indicates that eSports will soon become ubiquitous, especially with Generation-Zers who grew up on gaming devices and cellphones," the company explained in a press release. This marks a massive turning point for the perception eSports in the country, considering that the company boasts broadcast rights to a vast selection of sport, from...

  • Battlefield 4, Dota 2’s ‘The Crucial Cup’ rebrands with R33k prize

    The Crucial Cup is getting a facelift and some international exposure this year, when the second edition of the tournament kicks off later this month. In a presser issued by local distributor and sponsor Syntech, the Cup will be known as The Ballistix Masters Cup SA going forward, and feature a combined 78 Dota 2 and Battlefield 4 teams this year, up from the 67 that signed up last year. "The Crucial Cup was launched to provide the tools and resources that gamer’s and organizers can use to promote their own team’s skill and also promote growth within the gaming community,"...