Video game devotee represents SA

2016-10-05 06:00
Sershin Naicker from Maritzburg College has been selected to represent South Africa in the Defence of the Ancients 2 Protea Team as captain. PHOTO: nicole john

Sershin Naicker from Maritzburg College has been selected to represent South Africa in the Defence of the Ancients 2 Protea Team as captain. PHOTO: nicole john

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VIDEO game enthusiast Sershin Naicker (18), from Maritzburg College, has been selected to represent South Africa at the Defence of the Ancients (Dota) 2 Protea Team as captain.

The Maritzburg College matriculant from Richmond first got into video and computer games eight years ago and began playing competitively three years ago when he headed the formation of the eSport Maritzburg College Dota 2 first team.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever Sershin said he is honoured to be selected as part of the SA team and looks forward to playing against some of the best gamers in the world.

“Playing video games is very challenging. Although it’s not physically challenging, you really need good mental stamina to keep up. I’ve played normal physical sport, but really took an interest in online gaming and felt it challenged me in ways that other things didn’t. It began as a hobby and developed from there. Anyone can get into it, and it’s very mentally stimulating.”

Sershin said he plays in the mid-laner position of the game, which is the one that controls the pace, tempo and length of the games.

When he was in Grade 10 the Maritzburg College Dota 2 first team participated in national tournaments of gaming, which is run by Mind Sport South Africa (MSSA). The team came in the top 10 that year and took it as a learning experience.

Last year they placed in the top three at the same games and this year were named the Provincial Online Dota 2 champions. The team also won the national inter-schools games.

At the national trials MSSA took an interest in Sershin and his abilities and it was there that he was handpicked by MSSA to be a part of the national team.

“eSport is growing in the country and has had a lot of funding put into it over the last few years. It’s huge in the rest of the world and there is so much potential in South Africa. I look forward to my international experience and hope to get more involved in e-sport when I leave school,” he said.

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