Profiled: NiBBLe eSports [SA MGO]

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This week, NiBBLe eSports sent us the required brain sample and answers to our questions, so we decided they passed mustard (on the tasty brain nibble…) and were welcome to join our profile feature. Now it’s your turn to get to know them better.

Hello. Introduce yourself to the readers. Go on.

Hey whatsup. 🙂 I am Keegan Stewart aka Brava. The owner and the head administrator of NiBBLe eSports and NiBBLe TV. I have been a dedicated competitive gamer since I was 12 (10 years) competing way back since the COD4 days and a casual gamer since I was 6 (16 years). I now see myself taking long walks on the beach while watching NiBBLe expand and grow. xD

When did the MGO form?

NiBBLe eSports was first conceptualised on the 6th June 2016 (06/06/2016 – awkward) but joined the competitive scene in August of 2016. Starting out as a small 5-man stack. We have built the NiBBLe empire to a strong, loyal and committed clan of 80 members across 3 divisions. We developed our strategy from the white walkers (Zombie Dredd will understand) [He understands nothing – Undead Ed].

What is your platform (or platforms) of choice?

We are a PC dedicated clan, but are currently looking to expand within the console regime. So, we are on the prowl for some top-notch console teams. Our NiBBLe TV division are dedicated to the social media aspect of NiBBLe, writing blog articles, live streaming, casting and bringing events to the NiBBLe community over all our social media platforms.

What games does the clan enjoy?

We are all gamers. So, anything with the title “Game” is something we will enjoy. The community is spread across Dota 2, League of Legends, Counter Strike, Player Unknown Battlegrounds, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, Fifa, overwatch and the occasional hack and slash or car mechanic simulator. 🙂

How was the MGO name chosen?

So not that many people would know this but 4 bits/half a byte within computer micro-processing is called a nibble. We decided to go for something computer related and something unique.

Who are the leaders of the clan and what is the MGO’s organisational structure like?

I, Brava, am the founder and head admin of the NiBBLe eSports community #HeadHoncho #TheDon. The admin team take our leadership qualities from a zombie-like horde. We all mingle and get things done. Of course, with the added superiority that we have a few dedicated guys, the senior admin and admin, directing our fellow player hordes.

How many members do you have? Keen to give out their names, credit card details and ID numbers?
Alright, only names will do.

I already attached all their details before you asked! We are a clan of approximately 80 members, so not sure listing the names here would be the best read ever [We’ve seen worse. They generally write for us… – Undead Ed]. But visit our DGL page to check us all out. We are split into NiBBLe Academy, NiBBLe eSports and NiBBLe TV divisions.

How often do you play together as a MGO?

Our teams are very committed to competing at the top premiership level of South African gaming so you can see our members playing every day or minimally 3 to 4 days a week. This includes competitive matches, strategy practices, matchmaking and the “Lets Chill for Tonight” Games.

Do you consider yourselves a competitive MGO, or one in it more for “the shits and giggles”?

We are a very competitive community but very often have events for our teams to explore other games, to keep things cool and creative. Our teams are currently competing in the VS Gaming, Orena and Mettlestate competitions. So you can find us competing everywhere. 🙂

Has the clan participated in many tournaments? Which? Won any?

The clan has participated against South Africa’s finest, but haven’t quite branched into the sphere of taking down the likes of Bravado, Energy and the other big names in competitive eSports. We are sure making our way towards that goal. We had teams entering the Mettlestate Maverick Challenge by Matrix Warehouse which saw our team not making it passed the group stages, but showing a formidable effort against top tier teams. Our CS GO teams also participated at the ESWC Rush Expo qualifier, where we didn’t make it past the group stages being taken down by Goliath Gaming and Damage Control (even more top tier teams xD). Besides the number of other LAN events we have attended we have used them all as a measure of our skill level and to gain experience as a new forthcoming team. We take every loss as a learning experience, throwing ourselves at the hardest challenges possible. We have had teams who have made it through to second, first and premiership division on the DGL.

Is attending LANs important to the MGO and its members?

This is very important to us. You will see us attending the NAG LAN at Rage this year and have attended another 4 LANs over 2017. We see it as the opportunity to bring the community together and team build. We also get to make a lot of new friends, within the interest of gaming, and we get to invite our sponsors and show them off a bit with our NiBBLe clothing merchandise.

Are you guys actively recruiting for new players? If so, how should a potential member contact you and how do you decide on who is right to join you?

We are always recruiting players wanting to learn and players of top tier competitive status. If you are keen to join the zombie horde [Not ours. We’re a different horde. Yes, the slow, slightly dumb one. – Undead Ed], send a message on our website (www.nibble-esports.co.za) or simply find us on any social media or VS Gaming website with our steam links.

What are you hoping to achieve in the future as a MGO?

We understand the future of South African eSports and want to be a part of this massively growing trend. We want to have our top tier teams competing within the Masters Division and our academy and NiBBLe TV thriving; placing content everywhere and really bringing the SA Gaming community into a space where people can constructively learn and participate as friends and committed members. We also hope to influence other communities not exposed to gaming through a public effort to include these communities. We have also noted the extremely toxic atmosphere that gaming can have within specific contexts and we are really wanting to close down on this immediately. One of the most stringent trial aspects to new recruits is that they are positive players who will promote the NiBBLe brand and remain conscious of other members of the SA community and the other entities that NiBBLe represents.

Which opposing MGO(s) do you most respect?

We highly respect Damage Control. A team who has been together for many years now and is seen as the most experienced team in the country. Every time we have met this team on the battlefield it has been a worthwhile learning experience and the atmosphere they radiate really keeps NiBBLe aiming for higher top tier positions. They are a great group of guys showing that the strength of great personal team connection can last many years and create lasting relationships.

Regarding professional – or competitive gaming (or even gaming in general) – what do you as a MGO think needs to be done to raise the profile of South African gaming?

With the introduction of Fiber networks into many SA communities, we can expect a spike in online personalities and competitive teams playing towards international spots. This is promising, but many teams are struggling based on economical factors and require sponsorship to compete forward. Salaries for competitive esports players is also becoming a thing, but many people are hesitant to offer salaries as currently there aren’t enough competitions in South Africa to make a huge return or profit, even if a team were to win every SA major event. So, we really need to start seeing more events appearing in South Africa and just the community becoming a lot more enthusiastic and encouraging to support these events.

Some fun stuff:

If you weren’t a gaming MGO you’d be…

A pack of Rhino grazing in the meadows. It sounds very relaxing

War movie that best describes the MGO?

Hope a series can fill the description. Band of Brothers would be our pick.

If you guys had a music soundtrack for going to war, what would it be?

Black Sails Intro Soundtrack.

Thanks for your time – is there anything you would like to add before you head off?

NiBBLe eSports really sees the potential for South African esports and invite members who are like minded to help us grow our community. Whether you are a streamer, blogger, caster, competitive gamer or casual peasant we have a place for everyone. NiBBLe eSports is also looking for some major sponsors to take under our wing (or the other way around). Thanks for your time Zombie Dredd and community, was awesome being here and we hope to hear from you guys in the future!

Contact Information:

Clan Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Twitch | Email: nibble.esports@gmail.com

If you are keen to feature in this column in the future (as a gamer, clan or industry person or company), please feel free to contact us at info@zombiegamer.co.za and we’ll think about – after you’ve sent us a sample of your braaaaaaiiiiinnnnsss.

About Zombie Dredd

Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O'Shea when in his human disguise.