This article is an unedited version of a piece written by Zombie Dredd and published in the Tech Magazine: Issue 40 December 2016.

eSports is currently the catchphrase dominating gaming internationally, and for rAge 2016 in Johannesburg, local eSports made its mark by featuring on the expo floor. The action included the first Call of Duty World League sanctioned tournament – the MAG Cup.

Operated by ACGL and backed by a number of sponsors, the tournament saw eight teams from an online qualifier feature in a LAN event to determine who would walk off with the lion’s share of the R120,000 cash and R30,000 in product up for grabs.

The action kicked off on the Friday of rAge with a celebrity challenge featuring well-known comedians, rugby players and entertainers led by two of the competing captains. Unexpectedly, it showed the divide between the players who spend hours practicing and those that, well, don’t.

Over the course of the next (almost) three days and 14 matches, the teams played to a packed live audience and spectators on the live stream until only one team emerged as victorious. The Energy eSports team of eN_Astra went undefeated over the competition to secure a 3-1 win in the final over Hi5 eSports. Energy eSports headed home R60,000 richer and with new ASTRO Gaming headsets and Monster Energy swag to cap their success.