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