Gaming wins at MWEB contest

2014-04-08 12:42
Team Opulence members focus on their gaming at the MWEB LAN tournament. (MWEB)

Team Opulence members focus on their gaming at the MWEB LAN tournament. (MWEB)

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Cape Town - Online gaming is alive in South Africa despite the slow rollout of broadband and top gamers have settle scores in a mass LAN in Cape Town over the weekend.

Team Opulence claimed victory at the MWEB GameZone Master Series Call of Duty Ghosts LAN tournament held on Saturday and Sunday.

Team Opulence, with a member as young as 13, beat out Team Adept for the second year in a row in an extended series of games at the MWEB offices.

Gaming is essential to develop problem solving skills, MWEB said.

“We need to develop young talent, not only to build up a base of South African professionals who are able to compete against the world’s best gamers in international competitions, but also to get gaming recognised as sport in South Africa with significant benefits - to the economy as a whole, and for our children’s cognitive development and problem-solving skills,” said Desmond Kurz, Gaming and Digital Manager at MWEB.

Broadband cost

However, there are only around 800 000 ADSL subscribers in the country - a far cry from the six million potential connections available.

Part of the reason is the cost of cable broadband is prohibitively expensive for most people. While mobile speeds are increasing, it is not ideal for the intense rich content and speed required for online gaming.

Players put in several hours of practice and 19 teams participated in the event.

"From a pure connectivity perspective, these gamers demand the best online connectivity to remain competitive online, so they are our Formula 1 drivers essentially, who help us to ensure the best possible online experience that leads to better connectivity for the average user at home in the same way that F1 pushes the boundaries of motor vehicles," said Kurz.

The full LAN tournament results are available here.

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