Kwesé Sports have launched themselves into the local eSports landscape by announcing a FIFA 17 tournament in partnership with Xbox South Africa.

The tournament – dubbed African Challenge Esports (or ACE) – offers a prize pool of R100,000 split over three tournament legs. The first qualifier is at rAge in Johannesburg and will be followed by a Cape Town qualifier at Canal Walk later in October. The action will culminate in final this November in Johannesburg.

If you aren’t the tournament sort, then you could still stand in line to win an Xbox One with FIFA 17, which you can do right here.

Qualifier 1
  • Ticketpro Dome, Northgate, Gauteng
  • 7 to 9 October 2016
  • Entry: [You will presumably need at least a day pass to rAge]
  • Prize Pool: R20,000 cash
    • 1st: R10,000
    • 2nd: R5,000
    • 3rd: R3,000
    • 4th: R2,000
  • Register here
Qualifier 2
  • Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century City, Western Cape
  • 28 to 30 October 2016
  • Entry: TBC
  • Prize Pool: R20,000 cash
    • 1st: R10,000
    • 2nd: R5,000
    • 3rd: R3,000
    • 4th: R2,000
  • Register here
Grand Final
  • Microsoft Offices, Bryanston, Gauteng
  • 19 November 2016
  • Entry: Top four from each qualifier only
  • Prize Pool: R20,000 cash
    • 1st: R20,000
    • 2nd: R10,000
    • 3rd: R7,000
    • 4th: R3,000
    • Bonus round: R10,000

The tournament structure will see a maximum number of 512 players per qualifier participate, split over two legs per day – at 10am and 2pm respectively. Each leg of 128 will be a single elimination that will see the top eight return on the Sunday for a 32-player double elimination decider. From there the top four from Johannesburg and Cape Town will be flown to the grand finals for the big showdown.

We would suggest players familiarise themselves with the tournament ruleset, which is available here, specifically the game length rule: “Only 5 minutes game time will be played to declare the winner. If it is a draw after 5 minutes the next goal scored will be the winner. Playing the rest of the game and continuing until there is a winner.” This rule may change to a full 10 minute game if the tournament does now hit the 512 players cap.

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Press Release 26 September: Kwesé Sports, Econet Media’s premium sports content platform, in partnership with Xbox is launching their first African Challenge Esport (ACE) gaming tournament to be hosted in Johannesburg at the rAge Expo – Ticketpro Dome Northgate – from 7-9 October followed by Cape Town at Canal Walk from 28-30 October. The tournament will allow for contestants to battle it out through qualifying rounds with four finalists selected from each city to participate in the final on 19 November in Johannesburg.

The recently launched FIFA 17 will be the official tournament game. It is one of the bestselling videogames in the world and fans across the globe await its release every year. The game delivers authentic, true-to-life action and introduces fans to characters full of depth and emotion.

Winners in the qualifying rounds will walk away with an impressive R10 000, runners up will receive R5 000, R3 000 and R2 000 respectively for second, third and fourth place in each city. The four semi-finalists from Cape Town will then be sponsored to travel to Johannesburg for a one day long final against the Johannesburg winners at the Microsoft offices.

For the finals in Johannesburg, prizes are set at R20 000 for first place, R10 000 for second place, R7 000 for third place and R3 000 for fourth place. There will be an additional bonus round with and extra R10 000 up for grabs.

To be part of this exhilarating tournament, contestants need to log on to to register and select a city they would like to represent. This is a first of its kind for Kwesé Sports in South Africa and this initiative will soon be made available for gamers across the African continent.

“We are committed to constantly engaging our audience in new and creative ways”, said Joseph Hundah, CEO Econet Media. “The gaming trend and community has grown dramatically over the past few years in South Africa, particularly e-sports, Kwese acknowledge that gaming is now an official sport and we want to be there to support gamers across the African continent. It’s an exciting time in gaming and with the launch of the new FIFA 17, we saw an opportunity to connect our audience with their favorite sports”.

“Xbox has been a long standing sponsor of competitive egaming tournaments and we are excited to partner with Kwesé Sports in bringing this unique experience to gamers in South Africa and engaging them in innovative ways moving forward”, added Joe Kruger, Senior Retail Services Executive, Microsoft South Africa

Do not forget to register, only registered players will be allowed to participate. We hope to see you there!

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