[dropcap]C[/dropcap]ompetitive videogaming in South Africa just got a major shot in the arm. The organisers of computer entertainment exhibition Rage have announced Rush, an e-sports tournament to take place annually.
To be hosted over three days next month at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Rush will feature a variety of competitive tournaments by local organisations hosted on dedicated e-sports stages, with live “shoutcasting” (commentary) by top e-sports commentators.
The country’s top gamers and gaming “clans” are expected to participate, the organisers said in a statement.
“Perhaps the biggest draw for e-sports is the spectator value, and fans and supporters will be able to watch the competitions live on big screens with dedicated seating areas at all the stages,” they said.
Three main stages have already been confirmed, showcasing popular titles such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), Fifa 17 and League of Legends.
In addition, there’ll be a Street Fighter V tournament where casual as well as professional gamers can take part.
“Games such as these, with their dedicated fan bases, will showcase the best local talent that e-sports has to offer,” the organisers said.
“Rush aims to provide a neutral and inclusive platform for all the local e-sports organisations to host their respective events under one roof,” said event marketing manager Lauren Das Neves.
“We want to foster an environment that will not only benefit local tournament hosts, but encourage new e-sports talent, as well as provide a centre of activity where local e-sports fans can gather to interact with and support their favourite teams and players.”
Computer maker HP has signed on as the headline partner for the event. — (c) 2017 NewsCentral Media