“You’re simply divine.” That’s not something a zombie hears regularly, but Undead Ed’s mom tells him that daily. He has low self esteem and needs positive reinforcement.
“It’s simply divine.” Usually the first words from our mouths after a particularly tasty dinner of fingers, intestines and braaaaiiiiiinnnssss. It’s also what we said after Undead Ed asked who’s this week’s clan. He might have misinterpreted the comment slightly and assumed it was a dinner invite…
Divine Gaming is a PC clan with a big focus on First Person Shooters but with plans to expand and diversify, but we’d rather let them tell you that all in their very own words.
According to your DGL profile the clan started only in January this year but are already around 50 members strong. That’s an amazing growth rate. How exactly did that come about?
We started off with only one Call Of Duty 4 team, after the first leg of the DGL people saw how good we are and we got about ten requests per day to join our team. It was then that we decided on growing Divine Gaming. We started a second Call Of Duty 4 team at the end of leg 1 and we then started scouting for Battlefield 3 players. It was then that we met BLOOD and our Battlefield 3 team was born. At the same time we started our Call Of Duty Mw3 team. It was then we saw how much potential we had and focused more on competitive gaming.
You started with Call of Duty 4 and expanded to other games. What are the games currently being played and what games are being considered for the future?
Current games are Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 1, Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3. Games being considered for the future are Counter Strike Global Offensive, Call Of Duty Black Ops 2 and Dota 2.
How many members are currently in the clan and how is the management structure organised?
We are currently 50 members strong. In terms of management we have 2 owners that over see everything that happens in the clan (Jason Oosthuizen and Willie Esterhuizen). We have meetings every Wednesday evening at which point all the team captains relay the past week’s events. Each team is managed by their captain. Anything that concerns the whole of Divine Gaming is run through the two owners, new ideas, new games etc.
Have you taken part in and won any tournaments you feel like bragging about?
The only tournament that we have been focusing on is the DGL as it is the most competitive league in South Africa. Our goal is to finish in the top 5 at RAGE.
How often do your various teams practice together?
The Battlefield 3 team practices from Monday to Thursday and have the weekend off, however Sundays are kept open for DGL and friendly matches. The Call Of Duty teams practices from Mondays to Wednesdays and keep the weekends open for DGL and friendly matches.
Do you attend LANs regularly? If so, which?
We have a number of Divine Gaming members that attend Frag Lan.
Do you consider yourselves a competitive clan/MGO, or one in it more for “fun”?
We are a competitive MGO. However we do have a social side to our clan.
Are you guys actively recruiting players? How do you decide on who is right to join you and how should they apply?
We are always welcoming new and experienced players to the clan. However they have to prove themselves before they are placed into a team. Players can apply to us by chatting to us in game or by paying us a visit on Teamspeak.
Clan you respect/hate/want to be the most…
The clan we respect the most is Bravado. We do not hate them, we wish to rival them. We wish to be considered the best MGO in South Africa.
What are your plans for the future?
We plan on carrying on with gaming for as long as possible. As new games come out we will incorporate them into the clan and as old games die out we will drop them. This way Divine Gaming doesn’t die out. In a few years from now we don’t want to be considered a MGO, we want to be considered a brand of gamers.
In regards to professional – or competitive gaming – what do you as a clan think needs to be done to raise the profile of South African gaming?
In terms of the community of South Africa, we believe that pushing the boundaries of our players will influence the community for the better. Instead of trying to get South Africa onto the international platform, we will get the international community to come to us. When it comes down to it , if South African teams get there name out there then the bigger international teams will want to play us and this will propel gaming in South Africa.
Getting to know you stuff over…
If you weren’t a gaming clan you’d be…
… a bunch of guys playing online for fun and having a good time.
You have the opportunity to get a sponsored vehicle to transport the clan around. A bus for the whole team or sports car for management?
A bus for the whole team.
If you could agree on it, what would the clan’s theme song be?
Last One Standing – Simple Plan
Thanks for your time. Is there anything you would like to add before you go back to the virtual killing fields?
We are a dedicated clan who strive to be the best. Even when we get knocked down we hold our heads up and push forward no matter what.
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