Bravado Emotion has had quite a year. The team is doing really well, and grabbed the African slot at the MSI Beat IT 2014 Global Finals. The prizes were designed to help with travel costs, and now they get to make use of it, flying off to Taipei to show the world what African Dota is all about.
It’s quite something to see how our local eSport scene is developing. rAge alone had insanely high prize pools, something which made me incredibly happy. We’re not done for the year though, as there are still other tournaments taking place. One is the Orena Lifechild Invitational. It will not only bring together top Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams for a shot at a possible R75000+ prize pool, it will also raise funds for charity.
Dreamhack is one of the biggest eSport events on the gaming calendar. It takes place twice a year in Sweden, bringing together the best teams from around the world to take part in the festival. The CEO was recently sacked, just a month before the winter leg of the event kicks off.
FIFA is a big deal globally. A lot of the time we forget that eSports don’t only exist in the MOBA and shooter realms, but also leak over into sports titles. Competitive FIFA has been growing locally thanks to MainGaming, but this year it took a massive step forward. Meet Shuaib Hassen, South Africa’s representative at the Electronic Sports World Cup this year.
I really planned on watching the League of Legends final this past weekend. Problem is, it took place in South Korea, so the time difference was something I completely forgot about. By the time I arrived home from my morning cycle, a champion had already been determined. Korean team, Samsung Galaxy White, defeated the Chinese Star Horn Royal Club to take the top spot.
League of Legends is the largest MOBA. No, that's not a vague wish or speculation, I already compared LoL to Dota 2 and it is simply massive. ESPN had excellent feedback when they aired Dota 2's International, and now they're hoping for the same with League of Legends.
Last year's results were fairly predictable at the DGCs. The major Multi Gaming Organizations (MGOs) won the top awards as expected, with only a couple things going contrary to expectations. This year, we saw one major upset, and a couple clans seem to be making a name for themselves.
There may have been thousands of us enjoying the expo at rAge, but one floor below, the Do Gaming Championship was taking place. I snuck down for a sneak peek, only to be met with random teams shouting victory, and others burying their faces into their hands in defeat. The competition was as heated as ever! Here are your winners for this years DGC in their respective games.
I stayed out of the last IesF and MSSA rubbish with girls having their own leagues because both of those organisations are stupid and don’t really understand how to help gaming in the world. Well that’s my opinion at least. However I saw the theme crop up again recently when an all girl team was penalised for playing too well.
The CMaster Invitational has finally found a winner! This past weekend saw the top drivers from the tournament meeting up in the final event. Who raced around the tracks the fastest?
If you know anything about our local eSports scene, then you know that Bravado is one of the biggest gaming organisations we have. They have top teams across various games including Dota 2, Battlefield 3 and 4, Call of Duty Ghosts, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive… you get the picture - they take their gaming very seriously. They have teamed up with Alienware to put together an event showcasing hardware this Saturday. Are you based in Gauteng and interested? Find details after the jump.
When I think eSports, I think the usual; Dota 2, League of Legends, StarCraft II, Counter-Strike… you get the picture. Ever considered World of Warcraft as something worth watching competitively? I certainly haven’t. It’s something that Blizzard will be working on going forward.
Damn, the ESWC might need to find a new name, because we all know eSports ain’t sports (according to some people and their dictionaries). Like last year, the event will be hosted by France during Paris Games Week. Local team Energy eSports will be there again, except instead of clicking things in Dota 2, they will be shooting stuff in Counter-Strike-Global Offensive.