We regularly see South Africans asking if there are ‘local tournaments like they have overseas’. The short answer is: yes, we do.
The longer answer is that, while we have the established tournament operators, we also probably have more community-driven tournament operators than anywhere else in the world. It’s not always easy to track them down, and as much as we keep our (undead) eyes out for them, there will always be some that slip under the radar.
Ultimately, we need your help. If you spot a tournament operator, or are an operator, let us know and we will do some coverage of you and your organisation. That’s exactly what African Rainbow Six (R6) League’s owner Elkstir did. Thankfully he did, because now we can introduce you to one of the newer Rainbow Six tournament operator in Africa. Find out more about the league in our recent Q&A with the main brain behind it all…
When did you form African R6 League?
We formed the African R6 League at the beginning of February this year.
Who are the main braaaaaaiiiiiiiinnnnnssss (or brain…) behind African R6 League?
So I (@elkstir) am the main brain behind all the madness, but I do get a lot of help from my amazing team of admins: @bizzarkgamer, @bryce and @I-ID10T-I.
Is African R6 League your first experience in tournament organisation?
Yes, this is my first venture into tournament organisation.
What made you decide to focus on Rainbow Six Siege?
We decided to focus on Rainbow Six Siege as we noticed that the game had a really big, and professional player base in South Africa. However there was, at the time that we made the African R6 League, very few people hosting tournaments for them. So we decided that we would.
Which titles do you generally offer tournament for?
Mainly PC and PS4 R6 at the moment, with more to come in the future. 🙂
How regularly do you host tournaments, and where can people find out about them?
We host tournaments weekly, with announcements generally taking place on our Discord (join here: https://discord.gg/MtbasEU) and on our twitter(@AfricanR6League).
When is your next tournament?
Our next tournament is going to take place on Saturday the 18th of April. It is Saturday Night Siege Standoffs, powered by Pura Vida Water, and taking place on both PC and PS4.
The South African R6 scene is an active one that seems to struggle for full ‘mainstream’ coverage. What do you think the community can do to help change that?
I think that in order for R6 in South Africa to really become a mainstream esport, we need to see the community really come together and support each other rather than focus on pushing each other down. If we can achieve a sort of unity in the R6 ZA community, I have no doubts that it can do many very big things!
What would you like to see happen for the local Rainbow Six scene in the future?
I would really like to see us as a unified community that supports each other and the game, as this would really be key to the R6 scene in SA to progress, and ultimately, succeed.
Thanks for your time – is there anything else you would like to add?
Just come play! You will never know you and your team’s full potential until you come and participate in some events! Who knows, maybe you will win some stuff in the process. 🙂 GLHF!
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