This past weekend saw four teams from the EMEA regional finals of the Halo World Championship secure spots for the grand finals in the United States this March. Sadly, South Africa’s ViNCO Gaming were not one of the teams.
The team had a mountain to face before arriving in Europe with a player change, and the very simple fact that we are still developing our skills locally to compete internationally in just about every game and across all platforms.
Waiting for them in their group were the more fancied European teams Team Infused and Vitality. A combination of a lack of (more) local LANs, not enough 4v4 Halo tournaments, little exposure to international teams and lack of experience all clearly played a part in the team’s results, which saw them lose to both teams 2-0. The defeats ended their run in this year’s edition of the Halo tournament, while Team Infused and Vitality secured spots in the quarter finals of the EMEA regional.
Team Infused went on to take the EMEA finals with a 4-0 win over exceL eSports and book their spot in the United States alongside the runner’s-up, FAB Games e-Sports and Epsilon eSports.
Generally, it wan’t a great weekend for South African sports – of both the physical and electronic variety – with the MSSA Protea FIFA team and Protea cricket team also suffering defeats, but it’s not all doom and gloom. Keep playing, keep participating, get noticed, and we will keep getting opportunities to get a team competing internationally.