So the massive Mettlestate game and announcement wasn’t the only top-end gaming tournament in South Africa last night.
No, in fact something far bigger and more important was happening: it was also the last leg of the ACGL Overwatch Festival. Okay so maybe I’m biased and lying here. It was in fact the final leg of the tournament but while it was run very professionally, it was targeted more towards pure entertainment than over the top competitiveness.
The Overwatch Festival ran for 2 weeks and consisted of 3 1v1 mini tournaments and 2 3v3 tournaments with the overall XP earned over all 5 legs being added together to find the top 3 players, per platform, to receive prizes. You can view all the info around prizes etc here but more importantly, in my opinion, was how simple the competition was to compete in and how relaxed and enjoyable it was.
I stepped back from eSports in South Africa a while back as I found the organisers, committees and competitors largely arrogant and hostile to outsiders – but I joined this one as my daughter enjoys Overwatch and wanted to play, and there was no way I was letting her dip her toe into the eSports world and take that abuse alone. So the first night arrived and I was a bag of nerves as to how it was going to go – but it didn’t take long to realise that the organisers at ACGL had a friendly yet firm grip on proceedings. The discord channels were all full of fun chatter, the rules were laid out simply and efficiently and they managed the entire process without any serious issues.
They knew what their stance was when it came to starting times, disconnects and issue and everything was simply handled professionally.
There were some issues I found with their website and setup which I raised with them personally and what impressed me the most was that all feedback, negative and positive, was received openly and without any hostility. I don’t even know if all or any of my feedback will be implemented but that doesn’t matter, the fact that they took constructive criticism from people maturely was fantastic.
It was a great experience and I will definitely be entering in their future competitions on console and wish them all the best moving forward.
Oh and before you leave, here are the results: Team name and then user name if provided. The above image was just from one leg unfortunately.
PC Tournament (79 contestants)
- twenty – Jordan Bouah
- KoObla – Abraham du PLessis
- Visions – Wayne
Xbox One Tournament (24 contestants)
- DYLERN – Dylan Pfab
- JKOEN – Joshua Koen
- nex Plays – Canaan Friedman
PS Tournament (54 contestants)
- SCORPIO – Jordan Cupido
- Tiano10_ZA – Cristiano Marcelino Dos Ramos
- xxPlasmattackxxx – Skyla Mannion
- sincerely_gerard – Gerard Conterbury
And yes you read that right, my daughter managed to come 4th out of 54 people and she’s 13 years old. Proud dad moment here.
I’d like to specifically thanks Gerard Conterby, Jordan Cupido and Christiano Ramos for accepting my daughter into your teams and for practicing with her without making the gender and age a big issue. And an even bigger thanks to Nicholas Holden and the rest of the ACGL team for running the tournament and putting it all together.
Oh and since you are all clamouring to know (you are right?) I came 8th…which I’m very proud of.