Today I am watching eSports live in a cinema. Pinch me, I’m dreaming


What a time to be alive. We have AI in charge of datacentres to manage electricity bills. Rockets that can be re-used for missions into space. Self-driving buses (or busses). Hordes of people playing Pokémon and talking about them. We also have eSports events being live broadcast to cinemas. Yeah, times are pretty good.

The Telkom DGL Masters for Dota 2 happens this weekend, with eight teams battling it out for a R100,000 prize pool. Bravado Gaming, Flipsid3 Tactics, Damage Control, Carbon, White Rabbit Gaming, Veneration E-Sports, Aperture Gaming and Xperts at Total Chaos will be duking it out for some big money this weekend. The winning team will walk away with R40,000. Here is the prize pool breakdown.

1st: R40,000
2nd: R20,000
3rd/4th: R10,000 each
5th/6th/7th/8th: R5,000 each

There are eight teams, so just by pitching up they get R5,000. That isn’t something to sneeze at. I remember tournaments when I was a student where the winner got a mousepad. Yes a mousepad, not even the mouse. We still played all day for it anyways.

A Ster-Kinekor cinema in Cavendish in Cape Town and one here in Johannesburg will be screening the games. So I am going to watch Dota 2 for the rest of today, in a nice chair with popcorn and will cheer these teams on. It is currently limited to invitation only but can you imagine if this becomes a regular thing?

Games in a cinema, I expect a couple confused people this weekend.

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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