By day, he manages Vodacom’s social media and digital division in Cape Town; by night he's an avid gamer, Xbox ambassador, Minecraft fundi, and manager of Energy eSports. We asked GlenZA about the state of gaming in South Africa, and he highlighted three incredibly exciting developments.
1. The Big Bang
Two years ago the scene was dominated by Telkom’s DGL – now known as Vs Gaming. Today there are a lot more tournaments for players to participate in, says Glenn. The Vs Gaming League is still the big one, but two other notable tournament organisers are Mettlestate, who are hosting Africa’s World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) qualifiers next year (more about that below), and Rush, which takes the best of eSport from October rAge Expo and concentrates it in a weekend of gaming fury in July.
Also on the horizon are two newcomers: the African Cyber Gaming League and the Orena Championship Series, with R1.7m of prize money up for grabs thanks to Red Bull’s sponsorship. Even Orlando Pirates is hosting a tournament!
Speaking of prize money, players are no longer competing for vouchers and hardware – prize money for even some of the fringe tournaments is now in the R50 000 to R100 000 region. The Vs Gaming League has first-prize purses of R250 000, which gets divided up between teams of just f...
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