VS Gaming has (some would say “at last”) revealed their promised ‘e-football’ tournament and it comes with a whopping R1,5 million in prizes.
Before we all scream “where will this prize pool madness stop”, there’s also a Mercedes-Benz Smart Car up for grabs.
The (I’m gonna go and say it because the press release doesn’t) FIFA 17 tournament will be played on 22 and 23 July (yes, the same weekend as Rush) at Gallagher Convention Centre. Entries will be capped at 1024 and should that number be reached (and I have no doubt it will be), it will be the largest entry number for a FIFA (or any single title) tournament that this old zombie brain can recall.
Entry for players is free, while general attendance will cost R100.
The tournament will probably be played on Xbox One only as VS Gaming has partnered with Xbox, Metro FM and Supersport for the event. Matches from the weekend will be streamed live via GiNX TV (channel 240 DStv fans) and the entire event will be a showcase of local esports, local music and local celebrities.
VS Gaming say in the press release that this will be the “first time” eSports will be combined with entertainment (I suspect that at the very least, the Injustice 2 SA Cup would beg to disagree, but even we zombies have hosted gaming at Ultra Music Festival and elsewhere before…).
Ignoring the slightly jaded and grumpy zombie comments, this is a great opportunity for FIFA fans in South Africa, and again echoes a firm belief I have had for some time – that FIFA is the way esports will infiltrate mainstream South Africa.
Interested participants can register here (although at the time of writing, the registration was not open yet).
Additional details including tournament format, prize breakdown and more are likely to follow over the coming weeks.
It seems that a shoutcaster competition has been added to the agenda with R110,000 up for grabs.
— Telkom VS Gaming (@VSGamingWorld) June 22, 2017
Press Release (we copy and pasted it so you can see it all):
“VS GAMING TO HOST MEGA e-FOOTBALL FESTIVAL”
In a bid to accelerate local e-Sports to new levels, VS Gaming will host the biggest e-football console tournament on African soil. The “VS Gaming Festival” will bring together over a thousand e-football enthusiasts to battle it out for a prize-pool of R1,5 million at Gallagher Convention Centre from the 22nd to the 23rd of July.
Together with partner brands Xbox, Metro FM and Supersport (who will be streaming all tournament games on their Supersport GINX channel), VS Gaming will for the first time combine eSports with entertainment.
Top South African music acts, including Casper Nyovest, Ricky Rick, DJ Fresh, and Euphonik will perform at the event. Celebrities, including popular sports personalities who are ardent gamers, will also participate in an e-football face off during the event to add more thrill to the Festival.
The event is open to all enthusiasts who need to register on the VS Gaming website www.vsgaming.co.za, to qualify for the 1000 available spots. Tournament participation is free and general attendance is R100. Tickets are available at Computicket outlets and the event is open to all members of the family.
One lucky attendee also stands to walk away with a Mercedes-Benz Smart Car, courtesy of the vehicle manufacturer.
According to VS Gaming CEO, Cambridge Mokanyane, e-football has been specifically selected for this tournament to demonstrate VS Gaming’s larger objective of taking gaming out of “underground” and into the mainstream.
“We are passionate about mapping the African narrative for this exciting industry, and it is our goal to provide gamers of all levels with professional platforms to grow, learn and attract international exposure. The VS Gaming slogan is ‘dare to be better’, and that’s what we intend to do, year on year.”
“We aim to demolish all preconceptions that gaming caters only to niche demographics, to create a culture of spectatorship that will one day rival that of rugby, cricket and soccer,” he adds.