UPDATE | Local players join the console Battlefield 4 World Nations Tournament

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Keep up with the team’s progress via the the tournament bracket here.

UPDATE 1 – 25 July 2016

The team has won their first match of the World Nations Tournament with a 2-0 win over Greece.

ORIGINAL – 11 July 2016

South Africa has a console team playing in the Battlefield 4 World Nations Tournament and whether you want to call them Team (from) South Africa, the SA Rebels, Southern-Fried Barbarians or any other attempt to cover the simple fact of the matter that the team is made up of locals playing proudly for their country is your call. Either way, how about you support them.

The 8v8 tournament kicks off on 18 July 2016 and features a number of countries participating via a group stage and on to playoffs. Each of the teams from the various countries is allowed to register a maximum of 20 players, with the player having to be a “citizen of the country you are representing or currently living there”. Further requirements to participate is that “all participants must have played a minimum of 100 hours or provided enough evidence to suggest that they are not a ringer” and that they may not be part of two teams. The full ruleset can be found here.

There are already 18 teams from around the world registered which includes the following:

  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • Poland
  • Sweden
  • Spain
  • Puerto Rico
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Brazil
  • KSA
  • Belgium
  • Italy
  • America
  • France
  • South Africa
  • Netherlands
  • Germany
  • Russia

We caught up with team spokesperson TACKLEBERRY_ZA to find out more about the team and how they are preparing for the tournament, as well as the most obvious question…

Let’s start with the controversial part… team (from) South Africa. You know there might be some pressure to have that changes or even force the team out of being allowed to play?

Honestly, I couldn’t be bothered with gaming politics. We went through this a few years back in the 2013 World Nations, nothing was resolved and if we have to be called the “Unofficial Team South Africa” then so be it. I’m in a Skype group chat with the 31 other team leaders representing their nation. I asked them if they have to go through any form of “legalities” to been the official team for their nation and they basically laughed at what I had said.

How were the players chosen that will participate in the tournament?

We have not completed the recruitment yet but would like a full squad of 16-20 players as the tournament is 8v8.

How often is the team practicing together in the build up to the tournament?

We have had a few practice sessions and a practice match with a lot more work to come.

Will the team be forced to play only on their opponent’s host?

Matches will be played on the home teams server. Unfortunately we don’t have local console servers so we will have to play on all our opponents servers. [Please note that this is a console tournament and unlike the PC version of the game, there are no local servers available. – ‘Clarity’ Undead Ed]

How confident are the players going into the tournament and what are their expectations?

Well we have very good players but will be going up against the best players. In saying that I feel confident we could make it to the knockout stages.

How can supporters get behind the team?

I actually don’t know but all we can hope for is growing the competitive Battlefield community in South Africa.

You can get acquainted with the players from the team here.

We would like to wish the team and the players all the best in the tournament, and suggest that if you’re keen to show them support, comment below.

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