On Friday Telkom DGL had a media briefing to discuss a new chapter for esports in South Africa. The company is making some big changes going forward, specifically: the formation of a dedicated company called VS Gaming.
VS Gaming CEO Cambridge Mokanyane spoke about the problems that were identified with Telkom DGL, from a lack of communication, to the difficulty of operating inside a large company that is worried about so many other product offerings. Something more focussed was required to keep up with the changing landscape of esports.
“Telkom pioneered esports in South Africa, but with its tremendous growth, we realised that it needed to be a stand-alone entity to give it the focus, energy and attention it deserves. This new entity will have the backing of Telkom to further expand esports in South Africa.”
All existing tournaments, including the Masters league, will continue without any big changes except a name change. All rules and policies will stay the same.
VS Gaming has partnered with SuperSport to be the official broadcast partner of upcoming Dota2 and CS:Go tournaments run by VS Gaming. “This is an incredible development for the esports environment. Never before have we had this kind of partnership for local tournaments. This will ensure much needed exposure for our teams and will place us firmly on the global map of esports,” said Mokanyane.
Mokanyane says that VS Gaming wants to play with everyone, because this is about gaming and gaming is about fun. It is about killing lots of people without getting arrested. The team hopes that as a separate entity they will be able to focus better and make decisions quickly, with better communication to all interested parties.
VS Gaming will be hosting a massive FIFA 17 tournament in Gallagher Estate on July 22 and 23. The tournament is hoping to see more than a thousand participants with a “substantial” prize pool. More information was promised closer to the time.
“This is just the start for VS Gaming. We are going to create a community for gamers that is safe, inclusive and focused on development. And esports will not just be another hobby – we are going to create a movement,” he said.