Put prow­ess to the test with Kaizer Chiefs at e-sports gam­ing events

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EVER dreamt of play­ing for Kaizer Chiefs, but you’ve got knock-knees, two left feet, thick glasses and, rather than run­ning around for hours, your idea of ath­leti­cism is sit­ting on the couch play­ing video games?

Well, whether you’ve got sport­ing prow­ess or not, you could still stand the chance of of­fi­cially rep­re­sent­ing the gold and black colours of the Amakhosi one day – us­ing your gam­ing skills.

Sports gam­ing has be­come a multi­bil­lion-dol­lar global in­dus­try, and Joburg will go gam­ing crazy this week­end with not one but two ma­jor e-sports events in greater Joburg.

Chiefs pride them­selves on be­ing at the cut­ting edge of in­no­va­tion and were one of the first African clubs to fea­ture on Fifa’s pop­u­lar PlaySta­tion dig­i­tal video games, along with Barcelona, AC Milan and Manch­ester United.

And the Na­turena club will again lead the dig­i­tal charge with its par­tic­i­pa­tion at this year’s Rush E-sports tak­ing place from to­mor­row to Sun­day at the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Rush is a rAge e-sports ini­tia­tive which aims to bring a num­ber of dif­fer­ent tour­na­ments and ac­tiv­i­ties un­der one roof. This multi-tour­na­ment, multi-plat­form, multi-game event will give vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the ex­hil­a­rat­ing world of com­pet­i­tive video gam­ing first-hand.

Kaizer Chiefs have their own e-sports stage, where prizes and over­seas trips are up for grabs, and the chance to meet play­ers, most of whom are gam­ing en­thu­si­asts.

“Kaizer Chiefs is a foot­ball club, but our aim has al­ways been to grow the busi­ness be­yond the field by in­tro­duc­ing and build­ing the brand within new mar­kets,” says Jes­sica Mo­taung, the marketing di­rec­tor. “The growth of e-sports has been phe­nom­e­nal and we be­lieve in be­ing at the fore­front of what is hap­pen­ing in the world. We plan to in­ter­act with young and old who are ar­dent gamers and those who’d like to join this rev­o­lu­tion that’s tak­ing the world by storm.”

The club’s in­au­gu­ral com­pet­i­tive gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence will give gamers a chance to bat­tle it out at the Kaizer Chiefs stage and at­tempt to knock each other out of the Fifa 17 chal­lenge in a bid to be the ul­ti­mate win­ner.

And tak­ing their rivalry on the field into the dig­i­tal sphere, Or­lando Pi­rates play­ers Oupa Many­isa and Tendai Ndoro will par­tic­i­pate in the VS Gam­ing e-Foot­ball tour­na­ment at the Gal­lagher Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Midrand on Satur­day and Sun­day. There is a prize pool of R1.5 mil­lion and ap­pear­ances by Cassper Ny­ovest, Riky Rick, DJ Fresh and Eu­phonik.

En­try for play­ers is free but spec­ta­tors and vis­i­tors pay R50 for a day pass (valid for one day only) and R100 for a week­end pass (valid for all three days). Tick­ets at Com­puticket or at the door. En­ter the Kaizer Chiefs Fifa 17 tour­na­ment at Rush. Visit www.acgl.co.za/kaiz­er­chiefs to sign up.

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