It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Great news that Energy eSports is going to ESWC, but all is not well for other clans and groups. In fact, we’ve got some sad news about Team XtaZ and MGO Never Say Die (NSD).
First up, local Team XtaZ is no more. According to an announcement on their page, XtaZ will no longer be a part of South African eSports
So as some of you know, I (Ph0bia) recently moved to Europe and as you can imagine, it has been a tough couple of months since my departure for the South African team. Their performance has not been on point and neither has the morale. It is hard for me to manage a team from such a distance, and it is hard on the players to understand exactly what I need. I just do not see the point in keeping a South African side of XtaZ, when I am no longer there. So it is with much sadness and regret that I am announcing that XtaZ will no longer be playing in South Africa. It is an end to an era of nearly unrivaled domination that we maintained over basically two Call of Duty seasons.
Meanwhile, NSD Never Say Die made an announcement via Facebook:
It is with a heavy heart that i announce the time has come.
NSD Never Say Die will be closing its doors for some time in which we will be decided whether or not this is a permanent closure or not.
To all the supporters of NSD a big thank you
Two established names that we won’t be hearing from again, at least for a while – definitely a loss for local eSports. I suppose we should hope that this clears the way for new groups to spring up. It’s not easy running a clan or team, and most gamers simply don’t have the admin or organization skills necessary to deal with the logistics. I hope that whomever fills this void will bring some fresh energy and ideas to the table.