Clan Focus: BerZerk Gaming

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In our second Clan Focus of the year we are heading over to BerZerk Gaming which is a much larger organisation that our previous Vicious Vixens. BerZerk mainly focuses in 3 different areas with 3 DOTA 2 team, 2 Battlefield 4 teams and a Counter Strike team.

BerZerk Gaming

Unfortunately the team is too large to list all the members but we have a list of their captains below so if you are interested in joining hit these guys up.

Name: Johan “Zaphire” Heymans
Team: BzK-Furia, Battlefield 4
Bio: Leader and founder of BerZerK Gaming, started with the BzK-Furia team and have been playing with them for over 2 years.

Name: Dale “mrdbone” Littleford
Team: BzK-Barbarians, Battlefield 4
Bio: Very honest and fair person, been with the clan since day 1. Played for BzK-Furia in 2012 and a little bit in 2013 before he became captain of BzK-Barbarians.

Name: Wynand “Vivid” Meiring
Team: BzK-No Plan’B, Dota 2
Bio: Honest and realistic, treats his team with respect and joined BerZerK Gaming just after DGC 2013 to represent BzK in the Dota scene.

Name: Luaan “GPM” Rentzke
Team: BzK-Source, Dota 2
Bio: Passion for e-sports and tries to get involved everywhere where someone tries to grow e-sports. He joined BerZerK Gaming with BzK-Pride but they lost some players etc so he started his own team called BzK-Source.

Name: Gianluca “Snipe_Jones” Segalla
Team: BzK-Synergy, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Bio: Very energetic and motivated as him and a few of his friends started a team to represent BerZerK Gaming in Counter-Strike and they are all a bunch of motivated youngsters.

Name: Robert “Ragebos” Huckle
Team: BzK-Pride, Dota 2
Bio: Joined with his friends that were in BzK-Pride and has since been the captain of the team.

Q. What are your goals for this year

We have a lot of teams that are starting fresh in the Do Gaming League so its hard to say we want all of them to reach premier division but what we are aiming for is having a team from each title to qualify for the Do Gaming Championships 2014. BzK-Furia will be starting out in premier division but we are looking to beat our standing of last year which was 3rd place and the other teams are all looking to either make 1st division or premier division.

There are a lot of plans that we have other than just teams performing and they are things like the “Battlefield 4 Top 5 Plays” that we started and we are aiming to have one for Dota as well and also some focus on getting our Twitch streams up to a standard where we get people to come visit it every night and get entertained. These are all plans to try and motivate a sponsorship.

Q. What was the motivation for starting the clan in the first place

I have been part of a few clans before but I was still in school and very young and when I went to college I met a few guys there. We all just heard about the “Do Gaming League” and wanted to take part in it. We contacted a team and was going to join them in the league but they last-minute just ditched us so we contacted anyone online that we could find and managed to get just enough on the day the entries close to enter a team for Battlefield 3. After we competed at the Do Gaming Championships it became our passion to do competitive gaming and grow the clan from there.

Q. Who do you see as the biggest hurdle to professional eSports in South Africa?

There are quite a few hurdles in professional eSports in South Africa and they are also very hard to handle the two biggest being:

Sponsorship

We are quite far from getting paid to play but it’s still also really hard just to get some basic sponsorship from companies even if you have one of the top 5 teams in South-Africa. We soon realised that sponsors are not after the top teams in a game but instead after how much of an influence that team/clan has on their target market and that is why we changed our attitudes on how we do things. YouTube, Facebook and live streams are things that help towards this so we will be putting a lot of effort into these areas in 2014.

Politics
It is a real big issue where teams will break up just because of a clan getting a bad name in the community or one guy that just does not respect his fellow teammates or other clans. This is really something hard to control as you don’t have an eye on all your players 24/7 and what they do when they play on public games. Its something that is really childish but that happens in almost every team out there.

That’s it so if you want to learn more about BerZerk then check them out in this plethora of links below

Website: http://berzerkgaming.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BerZerkGaming
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BerZerKGaming 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/berzerkgamingrsa
Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/bzkfuria

BerZerk gaming have also started a new YouTube series of the best Battlefield 4 kills and is asking the community to send their best kills in. Take a look at the first episode here.

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Last Updated: January 31, 2014

Gavin Mannion

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