R2 million up for grabs in ESL’s first African esports tournament

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The fear of missing out is often experienced by us when we look on at the huge prize pools offered up in esports tournaments around the world.

That FOMO might soon be a thing of the past however as Kwesé announces it has partnered with ESL to host the organisation’s first African esports tournament.

The prize pool for this tournament will be a cool R2 million. For those keeping score that’s more than the prize pool for this years DGL Masters tournament (R1.5 million).

Sure, the prize pool isn’t nearly as big as something such as Valve’s The International which had a $20 million prize pool in 2016 but it’s worth remembering that tournament has been running for six years and relies heavily on crowdfunding.

The good news however is that this tournament will only consist of two games: Counter Strike Global Offensive and Hearthstone so the prize pool split should be better than Telkoms.

Hearthstone player? Here’s how to enter

For Hearthstone, Kwesé has said that anybody from Africa is welcome to participate in the online qualifiers.

These will be held on 15th, 22nd, 29th April and 6th May. You can find additional information about the qualifiers including the format and rules on the ESL website.

Winning the tournament will earn you $2 280 (~R31 000) while second and third place earns you $1 570 (~R21 000) and $760 (~R10 000) respectively. Even if you come dead last (8th place) you get a prize of $76 which should net you a few Hearthstone packs at the very least.

Not a bad reward for winning a few games of wizard poker we think.

CS:GO pro? Here’s how to enter

While Hearthstone qualifiers are open to all the CS:GO tournament needs to function a bit differently.

On 23rd and 30th April South African teams will be able to compete for a spot in the tournament. Then in July qualifiers will be opened to teams in Northern Africa.

“There are some restrictions when it comes to CS:GO because of  latency and technical infrastructure requirements,” Kwesé said, explaining the reason for splitting the teams.

You can find out more about the CS:GO side of the tournament on the ESEA page.

Pro-viewer? Here’s how to stay up to date

While the north and south have been split in CS:GO four teams from each region will compete against each other for the title of Africa’s best at rAge being held in Johannesburg later this year.

The finals for Hearthstone will be held at the same time.

For those that would like to keep up with what’s happening you can follow ESL on Twitter and Facebook.

The only question left to answer is whether or not you will be entering?


Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.