Tue January 16 2018
by Charlie Fripp, ESPN
The African qualifiers for the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) kicks off on Thursday 18 January, and there is still time to sign up for a chance to compete - but hurry, as signups close today.
South Africa recently saw LeetPro’s female team compete in the APAC regionals in China for CSGO, and Jana du Toit from Energy Finesse competed in the Hearthstone category.
While LeetPro got knocked out in the first round, du Toit managed to finish in fourth place, competing against eight others.
For those that interested, the CS:GO and StarCraft 2 qualifiers will be taking place on 18 – 21 January, while the Dota 2 and Hearthstone portions will be from 25 – 28 January 2018.
For North Africa, Dota 2 and Hearthstone will be handled on 1 – 4 February, while the CS:GO and StarCraft 2 games will be played on 8-11 February.
There will only be one qualifier spot for each region.
The African qualifiers for WESG will be hosted by Mettlestate, and explained that WESG is a rather unique tournament.
“The most important difference with other tournaments is the concept of “one-nation teams”, which means that players from one country can participate in one team. These circumstances make for an interesting tournament for the audience, who can cheer for their favourite player or their own country,” it explains on the website.
There is also a lot of money at stake if teams manage to qualify for the WESG Finals.
According to Mettlestate, teams competing in the Finals stand a chance of walking away with some serious cash.
“Qualifying for the World Finals gives you a chance to take part in the $5,500,000 dollar tournament. With so few spots available, only the best will make it through to the World Final, so there is no better time to start practicing and get your team entered into one of the largest esports events in the world,” it concluded.
If you think your team has what it takes to compete in the Africa Regionals, head on over to the signup page.