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All posts tagged "eSports"

  • South African CS:GO tourny offers R1m prize pool

    Esports has grown exponentially over the years, and South Africa has been no exception in this regard. From FIFA to Dota 2 and CounterStrike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), we've seen esports become firmly established locally. Heck, CS:GO matches have even been shown on Supersport. Now, a new CS:GO tournament is offering a R1-million prize pool as well as a Twitch partnership. Formed by local esports group Mettlestate, it's been branded as the "biggest prize of its kind for a single esports title in South Africa". Mettlestate originally held an exhibition match between Bravado Gaming and Energy Sports on 1 March 2017, streaming on its Twitch channel. "Once...

  • 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...

  • 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,"...

  • Telkom’s new DGL eSports league boasts meaty R1-million prize

    Telkom has this week announced its reworked South African eSports league dubbed the Telkom Digital Gaming League, or DGL. Previously known as the Do Gaming League from 2008, the new DGL format will also include a three tier approach, with a Masters programme for multi-gaming organisations sitting at the top of the tree. The lower two tiers will work much in the same way as a league, with the casual wrung at the bottom catering for casual gamers, schools and corporates. These can then qualify for the middle tier, which will encompass the "best gamers in the country". A promotion and...

  • The International 2015: 9 facts about the world’s biggest Dota 2 tournament

    Valve's The International Dota 2 Championship is like the Oscars of the gaming world and the Hunger Games of award ceremonies. Sixteen of the world's best eSports teams come together once a year to settle their differences using Dota 2. This year, the event moves to Seattle, Washington State at the Key Arena and it promises to be one of the biggest eSports tournaments ever held. Last year's The International made an appearance on the front page of the New York Times last year for the 2014 championship while the population of a small country tuned in to see the event...