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South Africa gets an official CS:GO ESWC qualifier

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Apparently CS:GO is a big thing in South Africa –  like the biggest online game in the country which I find quite extraordinary as it gets very little coverage and even when we talk about it there is little traction.

But facts are facts and the fact that CS:GO is so big in South Africa has been noticed by the ESWC (Electronic Sports World Cup) and they have now approved an official qualifying tournament for the country – where the main prize is a trip to Montreal, Canada for the world finals.

The local qualifiers are being organised and run by Orena and you can check out all the details right here. It’s a really sexy site but I have to warn you, it has audio auto-playing… the cardinal internet sin.

On to the more important news though. The qualifiers are being sponsored by SteelSeries, MSi and AlwaysOn Internet and the finals will take place at South Africa’s newest eSports venue, Jukes Sports Club in Centurion. The online qualifiers are starting on my daughters birthday, the 17th of May, and will lead up to the finals on the 6th of June. The same day as the nationals for the Mortal Kombat X tournament.

So the timing may not be perfect for the multi-talented amongst us but I do have to give a round of applause for all the real supporters of eSports in South Africa who are doing their very best to promote this wonderful sport in South Africa despite the constant interference of the MSSA.

So I know nothing about the CS:GO teams in the country, anyone care to explain who the favourites are and why you think they’ll take the trip to Montreal? Also I heard we don’t stack up to the international quality yet. Is this true?

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Last Updated: May 7, 2015

55 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief

    May 7, 2015 at 11:05

    Awesome!

    Reply

  2. Loftus

    May 7, 2015 at 11:08

    Great news!

    Reply

    • Dutch Matrix

      May 7, 2015 at 11:15

      ZUMA RESIGNS will be great news…

      Reply

      • Gavin Mannion

        May 7, 2015 at 11:25

        Let’s be reasonable…. that would be the best news ever in the history of humanity…

        after the discovery of sex and beer of course

        Reply

        • Dutch Matrix

          May 7, 2015 at 11:28

          Sadly, Zuma’s face had put me off sex and driven me to beer…

          Reply

          • Pariah

            May 7, 2015 at 11:28

            Man your comments today are on point. XD LOL!

          • Dutch Matrix

            May 7, 2015 at 11:38

            You would also take to drink, if everytime you dropped your pants to get it on, this image would creep into your mind.

            http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/images/resized_images/706x410q70e5e751effd2763e56b5718cb87e47a54.jpg

          • Pariah

            May 7, 2015 at 11:40

            My first question is: why is that popping into your head when you’re about to get it on?

            My follow-up question is: how bad do the women you get it on with look if they remind you of him? O_O

          • Admiral Chief

            May 7, 2015 at 11:41

            You raise two VERY valid points there

          • Dutch Matrix

            May 7, 2015 at 11:41

            And I can raise nothing. NOTHING!
            *Cries*

          • Admiral Chief

            May 7, 2015 at 11:54

            They have a pill for that

          • Dutch Matrix

            May 7, 2015 at 12:14

            “I’m a doctor, not a necromancer!” is what he said…

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 7, 2015 at 13:44

            Suddenly the nickname “Bones” makes a lot more sense. :/

        • Admiral Chief

          May 7, 2015 at 11:29

          Wait, I thought you have only had it twice?

          Reply

          • Pariah

            May 7, 2015 at 11:30

            Gavin? Doesn’t he drink 2 beers a day at least? O_o

            😀

          • Admiral Chief

            May 7, 2015 at 11:31

            No, the other thing!

            I remember reading somewhere that both him and his wife confirms this

          • Dutch Matrix

            May 7, 2015 at 11:31

            I think you meant two beers before breakfast.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 7, 2015 at 11:32

            [hobbit voice]
            What about second breakfast?

          • Dutch Matrix

            May 7, 2015 at 11:35

            That is when he enjoys his wife’s scones…

        • DrKiller

          May 7, 2015 at 12:00

          And Bacon… dont leave out Bacon!

          Reply

        • Sgt. M

          May 7, 2015 at 12:41

          and bacon! Don’t forget bacon

          Reply

  3. Kromas,powered by windows 10.

    May 7, 2015 at 11:10

    We have CS:Go teams?

    Wait ….

    CS is still a thing??!!

    😛

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief

      May 7, 2015 at 11:13

      Better than Call of Dreary

      Reply

      • Dutch Matrix

        May 7, 2015 at 11:14

        You take that back or I’ll slather your Mother in Golden Syrup and throw her into the pit of Rabid Diabetics!

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief

          May 7, 2015 at 11:18

          Be my guest

          Reply

          • Dutch Matrix

            May 7, 2015 at 11:20

            You don’t like your mother, do you?

          • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

            May 7, 2015 at 11:27

            Maybe he just got an idea for a mothersday present. 😛

  4. heavyHand

    May 7, 2015 at 11:11

    FYI there is a mute button on the top right of the site if you don’t want the sound.

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    • Geoffrey Tim

      May 7, 2015 at 11:14

      There should be a “play sound” button instead.
      Opt in, not opt-out. 😉

      Reply

      • Dutch Matrix

        May 7, 2015 at 11:14

        Hear! Hear!

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        • Pariah

          May 7, 2015 at 11:22

          Yeah, exactly. We don’t want to hear.

          Reply

          • Dutch Matrix

            May 7, 2015 at 11:23

            I am still severely traumatized by the Domino’s Pizza incident…

          • Pariah

            May 7, 2015 at 11:24

            Me too actually. I had just opened in a new tab to read later, and BAM this audio plays. I have headphones on loud so I can edit, but turn my volume down on youtube or radio streaming manually. It wrecked my ears and nerves.

          • Geoffrey Tim

            May 7, 2015 at 11:24

            Yes, agreed. We have no idea how that happened, but we apologise unreseverdly for that. We hate autoplaying, loud as all hell ads as much as you do.

          • Dutch Matrix

            May 7, 2015 at 11:27

            No problem. That was kind of a crappy move on Domino’s side. Made worse, as I had to explain to my boss why I was twitching like a man posessed for the rest of the day. And why there was this faint poopy smell eminating from my desk area…

          • Pariah

            May 7, 2015 at 11:28

            lol XD The imagery

          • Hammersteyn

            May 7, 2015 at 11:28

            Scared the crap out of me the first time, thought I had a virus or something

      • Admiral Chief

        May 7, 2015 at 11:16

        XD

        Reply

  5. Hammersteyn

    May 7, 2015 at 11:27

    Fantastic news. Everyone should click recommend at the top of the comments. The word needs to get out.

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    • Pariah

      May 7, 2015 at 11:30

      But then they’d have to endure the Admiral. Would you really want that for them? It’s too late for us, we’re well down the rabbit hole. But don’t let them chase the rabbit.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        May 7, 2015 at 11:32

        They will emerge stronger, and yes, click that Recommend button, respond to my comments, upvote upvote upvote, let the moolah come!

        Reply

        • Pariah

          May 7, 2015 at 11:33

          FINE!

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief

            May 7, 2015 at 11:34

            [watches FNB notifications light up like a Christmas tree]

  6. DrKiller

    May 7, 2015 at 12:02

    I always thought that CS is a chick game

    Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      May 7, 2015 at 13:42

      Well we already have Goat Sim, so Chicken Sim can’t be far behind.

      Reply

      • DrKiller

        May 7, 2015 at 13:50

        Can’t wait! The Goat doesn’t have wings 🙁

        Reply

  7. justlikemo

    May 7, 2015 at 12:08

    so Gavin how does Dukes Sports Club work, what services do they offer? Can you just rock up with your laptop and start playing, or is it hush hush join our club and we will send you an invite, or can you just rock up and use their equipment only?

    Reply

    • Gavin Mannion

      May 7, 2015 at 12:11

      I’ve never been… so I honestly don’t know. Centurion is outside of my comfort zone 🙂

      It’s Jukes not Dukes…

      Reply

      • justlikemo

        May 7, 2015 at 12:16

        IS cool, I’ll go pass lunch time, hopefully they dont get scared of a terrorist looking dude with a huge beard rocking up at their door. Sorry you get paid to do the spell checking, 🙂

        Reply

        • Archzion

          May 7, 2015 at 13:16

          Hi justlikemo, I am the events organizer/Social media manager for Jukes
          eSports club. If you need any info please pop me a mail
          theo@jukesesportsclub.co.za

          You can rock up with your laptop and jam some games. We have many facilities which caters for any gamer out there.

          Reply

  8. Lag_Beastza

    May 7, 2015 at 13:29

    Come join our facebook group Gavin, lots of information in there. Also a good way to get to know the players and people in teams. CS:GO South Africa, and dont worry Colin is no longer in the group 😉

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    • Lag_Beastza

      May 7, 2015 at 13:31

      ps. last year two CS:GO teams went overseas to compete in massive tournaments. Bravado Gaming (Dreamhack) and eNergy eSports (ESWC). I cant think of many other titles that have sent that many teams over in the same year.

      Reply

    • Gavin Mannion

      May 7, 2015 at 14:00

      lol that Colin thread made me laugh

      Reply

  9. Tech Girl

    May 7, 2015 at 14:29

    Even the not really a gamer (me) knows how the CS: GO South African community has grown in the past few years. It’s incredible to watch. eNergy eSports went overseas and were in a group with the team that ended up in the semi finals. Granted, they lost 16 10 to them but were down 14 1 at half time. I think the fact that they pulled it back like that shows we have the skill. We now need to promote it and help it develop.

    Success isn’t only about skill, experience plays a big role. It doesn’t help that you’re trying to compete against guys who do this for a living. They have the luxury of practicing all day while you’re trying to work and play and fund yourself to get overseas.

    Competing overseas in anything is a whole different kettle of fish. So the only way to start being able to be competitive is to have the regular exposure. So this ESWC qualifier is freaking awesome.

    I think eNergy eSports will take it. Big fan of these guys.

    Disclaimer: Ashton Muller from eNergy eSports is my favourite. He also spent much of his varsity years studying at my dining room table as he is mates with my brother so I’m completely and unashamedly bias.

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  10. axtremes

    May 7, 2015 at 16:38

    Fantasic. The local scene is huge and growing rapidly. This can only help us grow and develop our teams’ skills even more. Gonna be fun and educational taking part. The win will probably go to Energy; with Eternal Conflict, Damage Control and Bravado all in with a very good chance to win it as well.

    Reply

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