Competitive gaming has been around for quite a while now here locally, but the stakes haven’t exactly been too high. That’s all set to change next year, when Telkom’s Do Gaming league kicks off a Call of Duty and Battlefield 3 league, with prizes that would make Scrooge McDuck envious.
Thanks to some partnering with local gaming distributors Megarom and EA South Africa, we’ve got a Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 league that will feature R50 000 in prizes, while EA and Gaming INC have kindly sponsored R50 000 each towards the Battlefield 3 league.
Ricus Groenewald, Telkom Gaming Manager, says the league will run online over several legs and culminate in a Championship where gamers will compete for the R50 000 cash prize.“Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare has been a hugely successful title for Telkom Do Gaming and has been our biggest online league”, Groenewald said. “We’re therefore extremely excited about hosting Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and its potential as a competitive gaming title”.
COD League prize sponsors Megarom Interactive commented on the community that played COD, emphasising the way that both casual and competitive gamers were drawn to the title. “The competitive nature of the Call of Duty franchise is what has made Call of Duty’s multiplayer experience so exciting”, Marketing Director Jason Borea said.
“What we found appealing about the DGL is the opportunity for gamers to play through the year online, with the league culminating in a LAN Championship where gamers will stand the chance to win their share of R50 000”.
SGS Servers will be hosting MW3 legs of the competition throughout 2012, with the first leg being used as a seeding event, and following competitions being ranking events. Top teams from the online legs will meet for the finals, and will be structured into five player formats, with a maximum of three reserves allowed.
On the Battlefield 3 front, the 2012 legs will be of a similar format, except teams will be larger, consisting of eight man squads with three reserves. EA South Africa Product Manager Ralph Spinks spoke about how the distributor was excited for the upcoming contest.
“Battlefield 2 was first launched in 2005 and was a regular fixture in the Do Gaming Leagues”, Spinks said. “With Battlefield 3 launching six years later, we’re excited to see gamers have the chance to compete online at the highest level with Do Gaming”.
Rynier Schoeman, Gaming Inc events coordinator, says that they will also be supporting Battlefield 3, hoping to turn it into one of the largest online leagues next year. “Battlefield 3 is one of the most anticipated competitive gaming titles in the last few years and Gaming Inc will be actively supporting the game through the year in a bid to see it become the
largest competitive gaming title in South Africa,” Schoeman said.
Registration for COD and BF3 opens next year, so get ready for some fierce competition backed up by some truly fantastic prizes next year, thanks to EA South Africa, Megarom Interactive and Do Gaming.