Telkom DGL is now VS Gaming and is a stand-alone subsidiary of the Telkom Group. It also has a new CEO, a strategic partnership with SuperSport (who will be their official broadcast partner), as well as plans for the “the largest football e-tournament in Africa”.
But the Masters will carry on as it is until the end of the 2017 season.
The FIFA 17 event is scheduled for 22 and 23 July at Gallagher Estate and will feature more than one thousand players and a substantial prize pool. Additional details are promised closer to the event.
The full press release:
Big boost for esports as Telkom forms dedicated company to grow the industry
At a media briefing held today in Johannesburg, the Telkom Digital Gaming League (DGL) announced major changes to the business and its management team. One of the most significant changes was the announcement that the company has become a stand-alone subsidiary of the Telkom Group as of 1 April 2017.
The company, which has also been rebranded and is now known as VS Gaming, is headed up by CEO Cambridge Mokanyane. He takes on this role after having served as the head of brand for Telkom for over three years.
“Telkom pioneered esports in South Africa, but with its tremendous growth, we realised that it needed to be a stand-alone entity to give it the focus, energy and attention it deserves. This new entity will have the backing of Telkom to further expand esports in South Africa,” says Mokanyane.
Mokanyane added that “The aim of VS Gaming is to grow the esports market while working together with other organisations to make it inspirational, profitable and professional. We continue the work of DGL to provide gamers of all levels with professional platforms to grow, learn and attract international exposure.”
At this point, the existing tournaments and the Masters league will continue as previously established. The rules and policies will remain in place for the 2017 season.
VS Gaming also announced a new strategic partnership with SuperSport to be the official broadcast partner of the upcoming Dota2 and CS:GO tournaments run by VS Gaming.
“This is an incredible development for the esports environment. Never before have we had this kind of partnership for local tournaments. This will ensure much needed exposure for our teams and will place us firmly on the global map of esports,” says Mokanyane.
In another exciting move, VS Gaming announced that it will be hosting the largest football e-tournament in Africa at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg on July 22 and 23. This will be the first of its kind in South Africa and will see more than one thousand players taking part in FIFA 17 with the chance to win a substantial prize pool. More details on this tournament will be announced closer to the time.
“This is just the start for VS Gaming. We are going to create a community for gamers that is safe, inclusive and focused on development. And esports will not just be another hobby – we are going to create a movement,” concludes Mokanyane.
Notes to editor
VS Gaming was registered as a separate entity as of 1 April 2017.
The exco members are as follows:
- Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Cambridge Mokanyane
- Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) – Lenushka Parannath
- Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Munaff Cassim
The Board members are as follows:
- Chairman of the board – Ian Russell
- Tsholo Molefe
- Shaun Dippnall
- Thabo Seopa
About Cambridge Mokanyane
On 1 April 2017, Cambridge Mokanyane was appointed as the chief executive officer of VS Gaming. Prior to this, he served as Executive: Brand and Strategy for Telkom for more than three years. Before joining Telkom, Cambridge held several key executive marketing roles for companies such as Unilever, SAB, MTN and the PSL.
Born and raised in Soweto, Cambridge has a BComm in Financial Accounting, Tax, Auditing and Management Accounting, from Rhodes University.