You all know about the StarCraft 2 Invitational this weekend, and I really don’t want to rip off its arm and beat it to death with it any more. So here’s some information about the event you might not know about and more insight as to why everyday gamers should go.
The event is organized and brought to us by Megarom, Internet Solutions, AMD and the MSSA. These noble gentlemen (and maybe some ladies too) are making sure that we have a venue, a cash bar, bandwidth, prize money, a feature match with two international stars and the opportunity to jam the game (StarCraft 2: Heart of the swarm) with our friends and possibly take on the pros ourselves.
Now I’ll be completely honest and say that from an outsider point of view, the event itself wouldn’t be vey alluring if I only knew some guys were going to play StarCraft 2; a game I don’t even really play – and that’s it. Not every one is into spectating games, never mind a game they don’t understand. But it really isn’t going to be just that.
It’s important for the community to support this event and get a taste of what it’s like for gamers abroad.
I don’t think we’ve ever had a tournament just after a game’s launch event that was this big and held at such a big venue. Gamers always complain that our events don’t come close to international events; well this one is really getting there. And these things will never take off if we don’t have the community’s support. We’re having a tournament in a 500 seater auditorium for a single game title. This much space and opportunity for spectatorship, just doesn’t get allocated to a single title, not even at rAge. This in itself is pretty damn impressive already. The venue will also be pimped out in the StarCraft 2 theme, so it’s sure to look pretty awesome too.
It’s not often that we see big prize purses offered to gamers in South Africa. It probably only happens once a year. This tournament will have a R35 000 prize pool for the players competing against each other and not in gaming gear or hardware or PC monitors, but in cash. This probably beats what other athletes stand to win in a single tournament that they would have dedicated years of their lives to compete in. It’s certainly more than the R5000 a Rugby player can earn for being player of the match.
Most people might wonder, what the exactly it is that they are suppose to be doing there. It’s quite simple though. You’ll be able to watch the games if you want to, many of which will be shoutcasted. Or you could have some drinks and do that thing that people do, you know, socialize. Or you could try out the game against your mates on some of AMD’s machines and maybe even play against one of the pros there to see how you stack up against them.
If you’d like to just skip the tl;dr part and get to the details, well, here they are:
Date: Saturday, 16 March
Tournaments: S.A’s best 12 StarCraft 2 players face off.
Showmatch between international stars Robert “PandaTank” Botha and Silvui “NightEnD” Lazar.
Venue: The Forum, The Campus, Sloane Street, Sandton 2191 (Google Map)
Refreshments: Cash bar
Age restrictions: None
Entry Fee: Free
RSVP: NB! RSVP is very important because the organizers need to know how many people they are accommodating. You need to RSVP here. It’s hassle free.
Attendance: Public – anyone is welcome to come.
This event is something really important to eSports locally. Some big companies are putting a lot of resources and backing into this. So we have to show them it’s worth it. I know many people who’d love to come live in other provinces, if we want events like these to be held across the country, we should make the first one count.