On 24 and 25 February, we headed to Sun Exhibits in GrandWest in Cape Town to host the first of our AfrEsports events.
On the agenda for the weekend was console esports, gaming in general, vendors and some socialising with other like-minded souls.
While the main focus were saw Call of Duty and FIFA 18 offering the big cash prizes, MWEB sponsored the Mini-Tournaments for a variety of additional titles and Apex Interactive ensured plenty of products for those competing in the King of the Hill events.
CALL OF DUTY: WWII
With R30,000 up for grab, many of South Africa’s top teams were in attendance. Over the course of a group phase into Sunday’s championship playoffs, the action was tense and entertaining. Spectators in the venue could watch any of the players they wanted to with the Sunday matches being played to a good live crowd in the venue and live on stream.
It took two best of five series to decide the eventual winner between Bravado Gaming and Energy Esports after the former came from the loser’s bracket to take the first series 3-2. Energy Esports stood firm in the second best of five and secured the title with a 3-1 win.
- 1st Place: Energy Esports [R15,000 | 5,000 XP]
- 2nd Place: Bravado Gaming [R10,000 | 4,000 XP]
- 3rd Place: Origin Esports [R5,000 | 3,200 XP]
R10,000 was on the line in the FIFA 18 which saw a few players from Gauteng in attendance. However, the finals saw two Cape Town stalwarts face-off. In their third finals meeting in as many tournaments, Mubeen ‘MOBiZILLA’ Gaffoor and Ryan ‘Azi_Ryan’ De Oliveira Bastos represented ViNCO Gaming and Sinister5 respectively.
Up until Sunday, Mubeen held a 2-0 advantage in their previous face-offs so it was only fair to consider Ryan the underdog. However, it was a tenacious Ryan that took the home and away grand final 3-1 on aggregate.
- 1st Place: Ryan De Oliveira Bastos [R5,000]
- 2nd Place: Mubeen Gaffoor [R3,000]
- 3rd Place: Zaahid Laher [R2,000]
We hosted a variety of tournaments for other titles too over the weekend, each with R1,000 up for grabs. Five additional titles – Rocket League, Tekken 7, Injustice 2, Dragon Ball FighterZ and PES 2018 – featured over eight additional tournaments all weekend with the first place winners securing R750 each and second place R250.
Congratulations to all the winners over the weekend, and thanks to everyone that entered.
APEX INTERACTIVE KING OF THE HILL
Six titles featured across a number of ‘King of the Hill’ tournaments which awarded players for winning streaks. The longer the streak, the better the prize. Thanks to Apex Interactive, these prizes included headsets, controllers and more from Razer, Hori and others.
Apex Interactive also supplied the prizes for the Racing challenge which saw the weekend’s overall fastest time set by Luke Addison.
THANK YOUS and LOVe
We of course couldn’t have done this on our own, and it is important that we recognise the sponsors and partners that made this all happen:
As a final thanks, we need to tip our hat to a very dedicated crew of people that sacrificed their time and bodies to make the event a possibility.
To the crew, casters, vendors, players and supporters who were part of AfrEsports One, thank you.
And yes, we did say the first, you can expect us to be back at the venue with another (even bigger) version of AfrEsports later this year. We’re only getting started, so we suggest you get ready.
Photos (by Rebel Monkey) and more will follow over the coming days, so keep an eye on our social media for more: