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The next video game to get an esports league is… Farming Simulator?

When you want some competitive esports action, nothing beats watching a John Deere tractor ploughing a furrow in a field… right? That’s correct, apparently, as Giants Software, the company behind very popular farming title Farming Simulator, has announced the formation of a new esports league. Called the Farming Simulator League, this evolution of the older Farming Simulator Championsh...[Read More]

We’re giving a R1000 Debonairs Pizza voucher to… this person

Debonairs Pizza recently announced that they were partnering up with several local gaming brands, including IGN, Arcade X, and eSports teams White Rabbit Gaming and Sinister 5. To celebrate, Debonairs gave us a R1,000 voucher to give away. What we would do with that much pizza… Eat it, most likely. If we were going to be the recipients of a R1,000 pizza voucher, the biggest question on our m...[Read More]

Debonairs Pizza enters the game with IGN and eSports teams Sinister 5, White Rabbit

Esports is on the upswing internationally, with previously-unrelated brands from car manufacturers to telecoms to major tech companies clamouring to have their names featured on shirts worn by gamers showing their skills in front of crowds of cheering fans. In South Africa these brands have traditionally been laser-focussed on gaming but that has changed. Debonairs Pizza, one of the largest local ...[Read More]

Video gamers may soon be paid more than top pro athletes

Your interest in sports may have started out as a hobby when you were just a kid. You were better at it than others, and some even said you were gifted. Maybe you had a chance to develop into a professional athlete. Colleges would soon line up to extend full scholarships. If you pushed hard enough, practised countless hours and kept a cool head, lucrative contracts and international fame awaited. ...[Read More]

The IOC thinks eSports are too violent for the Olympics, but traditional sports are violent too

If you were a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would you allow professional video gaming (also known as eSports) as a new Olympic Games event? That’s exactly what the committee is considering right now. You might think that the IOC’s hesitancy to include eSports is associated with the lack of physical movement it involves. But instead their concern is related to the violence tha...[Read More]

Rush eSports announces tournament details and a venue change

The annual Rush eSports tournament will take place at the Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria (yes, the location has changed) from 29 June to 1 July 2018. If you’ve been on the fence about putting your Fortnite skills to the test, gather all of the self-confidence you can muster and get into that bus right now. Rush will host a range of competitive tournaments for casual gamers and eSports fans t...[Read More]

Get on the bus: Fortnite will be putting up $100 million in eSports tournament prize funding

Remember how your parents told you you’d never get rich playing video games? Feel free to send them this link and a GIF of Nelson from The Simpsons. Epic Games, the studio behind Fortnite Battle Royale, is going to be putting up a lot of cash for the upcoming esports season of the battle royale title. How much cash? A cool $100 million, a number so high that we’re not even going to bot...[Read More]

The second Rush eSports tournament is coming in June 2018

It’s time to get the old LAN team together, dust off those mousepads and work on your smack-talk, because the second annual Rush eSports event is coming up and there isn’t much time to get your game-face on. We know gamers don’t need excuses for late-night “training sessions”, but now they have a legitimate one. The second annual instalment of Rush will take place from 29 June to...[Read More]

Win one of 10 pairs of tickets to Rush, rAge’s eSports event

The lovely folk behind annual gaming convention rAge have put together an eSports tournament called Rush in partnership with HP Omen to banish the winter blues… and bestow a tasty selection of prizes on South Africa’s best gamers. The event takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg next weekend (21-23 July 2017), and we’ve got 10 pairs of day tickets to giveawa...[Read More]

Are esports the next major league sport?

In late 2016, a sports championship event was held in Chicago, drawing 43 million viewers during the series finals. That was 12 million more people than watched the 2016 NBA Finals. It wasn’t soccer, or football, or even the World Series of Poker. Instead, it was the “League of Legends” World Finals, an esports competition. Video games have been popular for more than 30 years, but competitive gami...[Read More]

Will Super Mario ever be an Olympic sport?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s appearance as Super Mario in the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games delighted audiences around the world. It also hinted at the exciting possibility that eSports – or video games, as they’re conventionally known – may become part of the programme at Tokyo 2020. In fact, fantasy games have already become an Olympic reality: Rio 2016 was the first gam...[Read More]

Light Start – Norway’s e-sports, SpaceX in the sea, Tinder rankings, and Apple Music’s numbers

A high school in Norway has added e-sports to their extra-curricular offerings Where were schools like this when we were growing up? Adding Quake II to the school’s offerings would have stopped us from installing it in the computer labs when no-one was looking. A school called Garnes Vidaregåande Skule in Bergen, Norway, will be offering e-sports for its students as from August this year, pu...[Read More]

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