Asus South Africa, the company behind the Republic of Gamers, one of the world’s leading gaming hardware brands, has announced the inaugural ROG Invitational, which becomes South Africa’s richest short-form Counter Strike tournament.
With a prize pool of R150 000, the one-month tournament will host its finals live at rAge Expo at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg from 27-29 September.
Four of South Africa’s elite CS:GO teams, BIG 5 ESPORTS, ENERGY ESPORTS, GOLIATH GAMING and SINISTER5 CS:GO, will compete against the top four-ranked challengers from the qualification rounds.
Registration for the online qualifiers has opened through www.mettlestate.com, a leading esports league and tournament operator on the African continent. The round-robin group stage will advance the leaders of each group to the LAN finals in late-September, where the final eight will compete in a double-elimination bracket at rAge Expo.
“ROG has invested in esports since 2006 and was the first hardware manufacturer to see the importance of being part of the community through the creation of an inclusive ecosystem and investment in gamers and their community,” says Azin Alikhani, MEA Regional Marketing Head.
The last decade has seen a spark of change in this inclusive ecosystem, from casual gaming as a community to the development of a serious sub-culture of professionalism in esports, which is driving a new a generation of sporting professionals.
“The similarities in the skills required to be a competitive gamer aren’t dissimilar to conventional professional sports. Aside from great aim and strategy, a championship esports team requires a stone-cold winning mentality, serious consistency, a lot of commitment and flawless co-ordination and communication,” says Juan Mouton, Asus and Republic of Gamers South Africa Marketing Manager.