Mettlestate announce R1 million Galaxy Championship atop Energy Esports win

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Mettlestate, a new player in South African esports, hosted an exhibition last night between age old rivals Bravado Gaming and Energy Esports which ended in an Energy Esports victory and the big announcement of a R1 million championship. The Galaxy CS:GO Championship, as it was so aptly named, invites 24 teams to compete for the prize pool, but that’s all we know right now.


The set looked great, extremely professional, and despite the few first night technical hiccups the Mettlestate team put on a great show. If you came for the announcement and stayed for the CS:GO, then you all saw the awesome trailer. If not, here it is – narrated by Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner, or someone who does a great impression.

According to the video, 12 teams have already been invited with 12 more spots up for grabs. This means there will undoubtedly be a qualifier (online or offline) to fill these final 12 spots, followed by some big championship. The 12 invited teams are:

  1. Damage Control
  2. xTc  Gaming
  3. Veneration Esports
  4. Mythic Gaming
  5. Pulse Gaming
  6. White Rabbit Gaming
  7. Flipsid3 Tactics
  8. Bravado Gaming
  9. Exdee Gaming
  10. Aperture Gaming
  11. Energy Esports
  12. Ventus Gaming

The press release, launched on their site last night, doesn’t offer much information regarding the tournament, other than how to register.

There are 12 invited teams, and 12 public spots available, totalling 24 competing teams. You can go to to register your team which works on a first come, first served basis. All the details related to the tournament can be found on the website.

What they did discuss was their partnership with Twitch, which may be more than just transcoding.

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Louzada, explains:

“The way Twitch works is: the more viewers and subscribers you have, the more customisation you can have on your channel.  Starting Twitch is free to anyone but the only problem is that you can’t adjust your streaming quality which is 720p (basically, high definition).  The biggest benefit of our partnership with Twitch is the ability to change the streaming quality, which as we know in South Africa (due to our lack of high speed internet) can be a problem – particularly for gamers. Mettlestate’s aim is to be involved in creating more opportunities for gamers in South Africa and to forge the future for those gamers.”

We’ve reached out to Mettlestate for more information regarding the Galaxy CS:GO Championship.

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Last Updated: March 2, 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.

  • I watched as much of the match last night as I could and it was definitely very professional.

    The couch chats with Sam and the two other guys (sorry dudes no idea who you are) were interesting and well put together.. I just wish they’d take off those idiotically huge headsets, we get it your gamers but why not just use lapel mics?

    As for the casting it wasn’t my style.. I’m not a fan of CS:Go at all so the tournament just feels like a waste of R1m to me.. but hey it’s their cash/

    Unfortunately what it does feel like in the end is a replica of the R1m DOTA Masters tournament so not sure what they really mean when they said they were going to change it all up.. a different game and 12 free spots doesn’t feel that groundbreaking to me.

    But I’ll say it again, the quality of the show (technical glitches aside) was really good and it’s a nice step forward in that regard.. Now if they will just stream to YouTube at the same time so locals, without fibre, can also watch it properly that would be amazing

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Congrats to the team, this is amazing stuff.

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