After a very slow start to the year for South African esports, it seems like things are finally starting to happen. I think to call it a very slow start fails to adequately describe its sheer lack of motion. Glacial. Excruciating uneventful. Those might be more appropriate. Never fear friends, both Rush and Mettlestate are here.
The first half of 2018
Let’s take a quick inventory of the esports events that have already taken place this year. There were Mettlestate’s WESG qualifiers in January for CS:GO, Starcraft, Dota 2 and Hearthstone. We had Crucial Ballistix Masters encompassing CS:GO, Dota 2 and Battlefield 4. The ACGL Minors for Call of Duty WWII and their other initiatives in myriad console esports. Valkyrie CS:GO league by Mettlestate. The usual VS Gaming Masters and lower divisions. VS Gaming’s FIFA eWorld Cup Qualifier at the VS Gaming Festival. There’s also been a number of smaller LANs, like Leetpro’s 1337 LAN. I’ve probably missed out a bunch of things and for that I apologise. This is just off the top of my head.
While there have been some great events this year on the whole, it’s been a fairly disappointing beginning to the year. Many players in the more popular games like CS:GO and Dota 2 have been complaining on social media about the perceived dearth of big tournaments. These are titles that have enjoyed massive prize pools and frequent tournaments in previous years, so I can understand their frustration. Even if it hasn’t always been expressed in a particularly diplomatic way. I tried to sum up my thoughts on the subject in this piece for Esports Central if you’d like to do some extra reading.
You would have probably read about Rush 2018 on this very website, but here’s a quick recap. While the new tournaments announced at Rush are not exactly the big glitz and glamour events of 2016 and 2017, they have injected some excitement into the local esports scene. An excitement that’s been missing of late. Rush is happening at the new Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria from 29 June – 1 July. The new title sponsors are Vodacom 4U, which I’m sure we’ll all agree is big for SA esports.
Read the full article here.