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