SA gamers clash in e-Sports championship

2013-07-23 09:16


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Cape Town – Top gamers from Cape Town and Johannesburg clashed in the first ever inter-regional Electronic Sports (e-Sports) inter-regional championship held in South Africa.

The competitors battled it out on Friday in two of the most popular games, COD Black Ops 2 and FIFA13 for the number one title.

Gamers clashed across the internet with the MWEB MCave hosting the Cape Town players and The Hive in Monte Casino hosting the Johannesburg players.

Matches were also streamed live from the MWEB network.
The Cape Town FIFA13 gamers won the Xbox match 4-0 and the PS3 match 3-0. The Call of Duty Black Ops 2 match also saw the Cape Town team coming out triumphant.
“With e-Sports now recognised as a tier 1 sport, the online gaming community is now taken more seriously. Around the world e-Sports has audiences in the millions watching championships and recently comments were made that the sport would soon become as big as the NFL in the US," MWEB Gaming manager Des Kurz said.

According to BMI-TechKnowledge online gaming is forecast to show moderate growth from 4.4 million users in 2012 to 6.9 million users in 2017, increasing market penetration from 42% in 2012 to 54% in 2017.”

Kurz said that South Africa’s gaming community has seen phenomenal growth, “there are an estimated 4.426 million gamers across mobile, console and PC in SA”, he said.

- News24 is part of, a subsidiary of Media24, which is in the Naspers stable. MWEB is a subsidiary of Naspers.


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