VS Gaming Festival set to host eWorld Cup qualifier

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A place in the eSports World Cup will be at stake at this year's VS Gaming Festival to be held in Johannesburg in May

One lucky South African gamer will have the opportunity of fighting it out with the world’s best Fifa eSports players after local gaming company VS Gaming, struck a deal with American gaming tycoons EA Sport to host a qualifier for the Fifa eSports World Cup which will take place later this year.

Last year’s tournament which was hosted at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg was a resounding success, with the eventual winner walking away with a whopping R 500 000 in cash.  

But this year’s edition of the lucrative gaming event though, is set to be even bigger and better with not only a place in the global showpiece event on the line, but included in that is a share in the overall prize pool which is in the region of R 1.5 million.

The tournament which is South Africa’s first official qualifier for the global showcase is set to take place on the weekend of the 5-6 of May at Montecasino in Johannesburg. Entries for the tournament are open to anyone from the ages of 16 and above but all players under 18 will be required to have the permission of a guardian.

However, for those not so savvy gamers, there will also be entertainment galore with some of South Africa’s biggest artists set to also be at the event. ESports gamers and fans can enjoy being in the company of celebrities such as Musicians Cassper Nyovest and Riky Rick, as well as renowned comedian Jason goliath among others.

Although, many South African’s may be new to the world of eSports, it is certainly big business. According to reports in Business Insider SA, VS estimates that there are at least seven million Fifa games in the South Africa.

The gaming festival is likely to have place for just over a 1000 participants, shared between those who prefer the Xbox One and PlayStation Four platforms.

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This is certainly a change in trends of recent times, as this latest announcement follows the decision of Orlando Pirates football club to introduce their very own Fifa eSports team in 2017.