Goliath Gaming, a new MGO, plans to pay salaries to their players

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Goliath Gaming, one of South Africa’s newest multi-gaming organizations, are making waves in the local scene after their dreams and aspirations were made clear in a blog post by Tech Girl. They’re quite serious – as is esports this year- and plan to take the next crucial step in South African esports calling for better-regulated relationships between players and organisations, as well as salaries. You heard correctly, Goliath Gaming is planning on paying their players.

Goliath Gaming members with Tech Girl – Image via Tech Girl

Goliath Gaming is aiming to set themselves apart from the large roster of competitors in South Africa by legally employing their players. They’re now a reigstered company as Goliath Gaming PTY (Ltd) and have drafted legal contracts for their players. The first crucial steps have been taken, and this is hopefully something which will become the norm in South Africa.

Goliath Gaming will compete in both Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. Here’re their lineups:

Dota 2:

  • Leon ‘Santa’ Roode
  • Juandre ‘Panda737’ van Niekerk
  • Michele ‘Stickalish’ Brondani
  • Charl ‘Muzzy’ Steyn
  • Corvin ‘cottA’ Nicholls


  • Dean ‘Massacre’ Davids
  • Stefan ‘NEFAN’ Smit
  • Ashton ‘Golz’ Muller
  • Richard ‘deviaNt’ Groves
  • Dean ‘Hackem’ Seyfrieds

The CS:GO team, in particular, is interesting as it joins a number of old teammates, rivals, and some young talent. We see deviaNt returning from his time as a Mettlestate analyst to rejoin quite the hot roster. Goliath Gaming is still in their early phases but are determined to compete at the highest level in South Africa. Unfortunately we will not be seeing them at the VS Gaming Master later this month, but will follow their progress through various local tournaments.

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Ashton “Golz” Muller sporting the new Goliath Gaming (GG) kit.

Goliath Gaming is one of the first independent player run organisations in South Africa, a trend which has seen international teams like Astralis grow to become one of the biggest brands internationally. Their ground work is in, and they’re yet to secure or show interest, in any sponsorships. This self-reliable model is an important feature for a self-sustaining environment for teams and players, something which will hopefully grow from here.

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Last Updated: June 19, 2017

Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit’s esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for elsewhere – but my work here is independent of that.

  • Holden ZA

    I’ll be the first to ask, what is the basic salary for an esports player for Goliath? Or any other SA org for that matter.

    Would be great to highlight, as then people could really get an understanding of how much players earn in esports month to month.

    • Matthew Figueira

      Was wondering the same. Can they live off it for example?

      • @SargonDotA2

        Depends if there is a gaming house involved in the deal or not. Seems not to be the case with Goliath, though.

    • @SargonDotA2

      Sin5 also provide their players with a nominal salary (at least the DotA2 roster) and even pay for an international level coach to train the team on a daily basis.

      • Chuckles von Clausewitz III

        Interesting, so in Rand value what exactly are we looking at?

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    I want one of their hats :3

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