VS Gaming hosted a massive Fifa tournament over the weekend, with 1,024 players taking part all trying to get that sweet, sweet first place prize of R500,000. Over two days in the Gallagher Convention Centre players battled it out, the numbers whittling down through the days.
Zuhair Ebrahim Ebrahim (zaZe) went home with R500,000 which is insane. The biggest esport events up to this time have all been team-based games meaning the prize pool needs to get split up between the team and the coach. With Fifa being a one person affair, zaZe is half-way to being a millionaire. Runners up in the tournament were Brandon Nell (CrypticVortex72), Tebogo Mathopa (Tebza) and Muhammad Zaid Patel (zaidy). The top 17 all went home with prize money, to a grand total of R1,5-million.
“We couldn’t be prouder of what took place this weekend. As the first of its kind we put on a spectacular show and brought esports to the everyday South African. Our aim as VS Gaming has always been to make esports more inclusive and open it up to a wider audience. We did that this weekend. The VS Gaming Festival is the start of something great,” says Cambridge Mokanyane, CEO of VS Gaming.
Besides the main games, there was a celebrity tournament, with the winner electing a charity to get R15,000. There was also a shoutcasting competition with Derek Alberts winning R110,000 in cash and prizes and Alberts can sign a one year contract with VS Gaming.
If you weren’t playing Fifa there were a lot of other activities to keep you and the family busy, like air hockey, foosball tables, rock climbing, trampolines, arcade machines and enough pinball tables that I think my childhood had a heart attack. Also seeing more than 1,000 people all there for a single purpose with all those Xbox Ones whirring next to TVs was pretty impressive. I just wished there was a place for non participants to sit and watch the games. Perhaps next time.