Megarom, Internet Solutions, AMD and the MSSA brought us an event that has set new standards for live video game tournaments in South Africa. LAN gaming will never be seen in the same way again and I’m happy to have been a part of such a significant turning point for our community.
The venue was breath-taking; better than anything we could have imagined. The entrance hall was set up with tables, snacks, big screens, the main competition area and lots and lots of sexy Kerrigan posters. The cash bar was stocked well and looked slick and the vibe was just amazing. It didn’t feel or look anything close to a LAN; it was what gaming is supposed to look like. The strong Internet Solutions and SteelSeries presence added to the feeling of professionalism and gamers and industry members were almost bursting with excitement.
This event was anything but a gathering for geeks. It’s as mainstream as it can get and yet true to us, true to gamers with no compromises. I don’t think that there’s ever been an event of this kind with such a high standard. The sponsors had invested a great deal in the event, the whole venue was Heart of the Swarm themed, the catering was out of this world and the tournament was run with no complication. Needless to say that these men and women worked tirelessly for hours to make everything happen.
It was incredible to see so many familiar faces from the gaming community, the Bravado Gaming management, all of the players invited to play and Lazygamer readers. It was even more incredible to see so many new faces.
We’ve been asking for big companies to invest in us for years, and now they are. The success of eSports and spectatorship and growing of the community is now our responsibility, if we want to see more events of these standards, it’s up to us to show our support. If you couldn’t make it to the event, check out all the awesome pictures we took at the event.