MettleState announced a one million Rand CS:GO tournament following their streamed “grudge match” between Bravado Gaming and Energy eSports.

The grudge match proved an entertaining one and saw Energy eSports run out the 2-1 winners of the R50,000 cash up for grabs after coming back from a 1-0 deficit against the team in blue.

More Money

Of course, the R50,000 was just the icebreaker and MettleState went on to announce that a total of 24 teams will be able to compete for a R1 million prize pool – South Africa’s largest for a single title. The ‘Galaxy CS:GO Tournament’ (also called the MettleState|Samsung CS:GGO Tournament) will see 12 invited teams and 12 ‘public’ teams who will be added on a “first come, first served basis” when they register via As it stands at the time of writing, it doesn’t appear as if registration has opened (or at least I couldn’t see the registration link).

Registrations are due to close on 10 March 2017 with the online component kicking off on 13 March 2017. The tournament culminates in a LAN final scheduled for 4 to 7 May 2017 at an undisclosed venue.

The format of the tournament have not been revealed as yet, but the 12 invited teams are:

  1. Aperture Gaming
  2. Bravado Gaming
  3. Damage Control
  4. Energy eSports
  5. eXdee
  6. Flipsid3 Tactics
  7. Mythic Gaming
  8. PuLse-Gaming
  9. Veneration E-Sports
  10. Ventus Gaming
  11. White Rabbit Gaming
  12. xTc Gaming

MettleState has partnered with ASUS and Samsung for the CS:GO tournament.


Speaking of partnerships, MettleState has also announced its partnership with According to the press release, this is “a pretty big deal for the local gaming scene. While the esports scene in South Africa has grown at a rapid pace over the past year, what it had been missing was an esports organisation with the backing of international authorities to align South Africa with global tournament hosting and broadcast standards. Mettlestate’s partnership with Twitch will aim to change that.”

This partnership allows users access to more viewing options that won’t put the usual strain on our local internet. It should also (hopefully) tap into the around 200,000 South African viewers watching Twitch a month.

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Local esports organisation, Mettlestate, has just announced that they will host a CS:GO (Counter Strike:Global Offensive) tournament with a prize pool of R1 million – the biggest prize of its kind for a single esports title in South Africa.

On 1 March 2017 Mettlestate hosted an exhibition match between Bravado Gaming and Energy Esports (two of the top CS:GO teams in SA) on their Twitch channel. Barry Louzada, from Mettlestate, notes that this was to merely whet the appetite and set the scene for the big announcement. “Once the stage had been set, the battle fought and the victor hailed, Mettlestate thought it apt to reveal a few of the aces we had up our sleeve – like the CS:GO tournament and the R1 million Rand prize pool, a first of its kind; the likes of which will forever change the face of esports in South Africa,” Louzada adds.

In addition, Mettlestate has announced its partnership with international esports giant, This is a pretty big deal for the local gaming scene.
While the esports scene in South Africa has grown at a rapid pace over the past year, what it had been missing was an esports organisation with the backing of international authorities to align South Africa with global tournament hosting and broadcast standards. Mettlestate’s partnership with Twitch will aim to change that.

For those new to esports, Twitch is a global streaming platform that most, if not all esports is streamed on, from casual game play to competitive esports. There are over 100 million unique users on Twitch who watch more video footage than the average Youtuber. There are over 200 000 people from South Africa watching Twitch monthly, with massive opportunity for growth. Twitch was recently bought by Amazon for $970 million, which shows just how valuable a platform it is.

Louzada, explains: “The way Twitch works is: the more viewers and subscribers you have, the more customisation you can have on your channel.  Starting Twitch is free to anyone but the only problem is that you can’t adjust your streaming quality which is 720p (basically, high definition).  The biggest benefit of our partnership with Twitch is the ability to change the streaming quality, which as we know in South Africa (due to our lack of high speed internet) can be a problem – particularly for gamers. Mettlestate’s aim is to be involved in creating more opportunities for gamers in South Africa and to forge the future for those gamers.”

Locally, more and more brands are getting involved with the SA esports scene as they are realising the immense (untapped) potential it holds. As a result, more tournaments are being hosted, prize pools are increasing (two years ago teams were playing for an entire year for prizes totaling R220 000, split across four teams) and more South African teams are qualifying to compete in global gaming tournaments.

Esports is one of the fastest growing markets in the world, which draws more viewers globally than the NBA and is currently growing at almost 12% per year with an estimated 180 million viewers expected worldwide in 2019.

How to enter the CS:GO tournament
There are 12 invited teams, and 12 public spots available, totaling 24 competing teams. You can go to to register your team which works on a first come, first served basis. All the details related to the tournament can be found on the website.

To watch the games, go to or download the app and search for Mettlestate. The streaming schedule can be found on the Mettlestate website.


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game. In 1999 Counter-Strike was released as a mod for Half-Life. As Counter-Strike progressed from a beta to a full release, it refined the classic gameplay that has come to define competitive shooters and produced a dedicated community that has followed the game for over a decade. Through each of its iterations – 1.6, Source, and Global Offensive – Counter-Strike has been the de facto benchmark of a player’s skill. Teams from around the world are constantly demonstrating their ability and strategies in local, regional, and international tournaments. Professional Counter-Strike players have become legendary in the international gaming community.


Mettlestate has been over 15 years in the imagination and dreams of Barry “Anthrax” Louzada and three years in the making with Lewis “Vudulew” Williams, Thomas “Steigerz” Reid and Jonathan “Antagonist” Megit, along with the support of many esports enthusiasts. Finally realised and made reality in 2016, it is now poised to take its rightful place on the esports stage.



An Opinion

Money being shot into the arm of the local scene is great, but the underlying question remains whether it can in itself draw more viewers to local esports streams. In the time I was watching the grudge match stream, the number peaked at around 500 concurrent viewers. That’s pretty good in a local context but certainly not earth shattering. That being said, IEM was drawing in viewers so perhaps that affected things.

The one thing that concerns me tremendously is the “first come, first served” opportunity for ‘public’ teams. Surely, this would have been an opportunity to have a qualifying tournament with an uncapped entry number to really draw in a variety of teams across all skill levels with the top 12 joining the invited teams? The new Telkom DGL wildcard qualification system may be confusing but at least any interested team has an (outside) chance of getting a shot in the main event – not just the team with the most observant members when registration opens. Yes, it would extend the tournament period but given the sponsorship amount, I’m pretty sure the sponsors would not have said no.

Either way, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the ride South African esports – your time has come.