The future of all sports is esports. That may sound like a bold statement but there is growing evidence to support it. Today’s spectators and participants expect to be digitally engaged while they watch. And the most effective way to deliver digital engagement is through “gamification” – the transformation of watching into playing.
Just like last year, Comic Con Africa has partnered with the Telkom VS Gaming league to bring some esports goodness to local crowds.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]