The Arnold Sports Festival is the largest series of multi-sport events in the world and the local leg under the banner, Arnold Classic Africa, takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 18-20 May. This year, for the first time ever, South African esports will be represented and the public can look forward to an interactive gaming hub likely to impress die-hard gamers and convert the curious.
eSports is online competitive gaming and has soared globally from being a fun pastime to an internationally recognised sport. It allows for individual or team play and the last decade has seen multi-million Rand tournaments, the rise of the sponsored pro-gamer and the rapid growth of viewership, rivalling some of the biggest traditional sports in the world. The most common esports titles being played professionally in South Africa are Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and FIFA.
In partnership with Esports Industry South Africa and BMi Sports Info, NiBBLE Esports and Ark Gaming will showcase a new, emergent mobile esports environment, as well as console gaming, racing simulations, through to the ‘hard-core’ PC gaming experience. The activation promises giveaways, competitions and virtual reality immersion allowing everyone to get a taste of the local esports world and see what the future holds for young aspiring e-athletes.
“The Arnold Classic Africa serves as our platform to collaboratively showcase part of the esports culture and educate South Africa on the opportunity this sport provides,” says NiBBLE founder, Keegan Stewart.
“We have merged entertainment, fun, community and passion and invite everyone attending the sports festival to immerse themselves into the unlimited possibilities of the fantastical world or the competitive virtual football field.”