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THE EDITOR As editor of this magazine the whole idea was to create an eSports magazine that would educate those who are unsure of eSports and what it is about. I guess you could kind of say why would people want to watch others play video games, however its more than just a game to some but more of a sport and this magazines purpose is to show you that. I invite you to view gaming on a whole new level with this magazine issue and really try and understand competitive gaming more. This is a massive passion of mine and I truly hope that you can understand my view of point once finished. Enjoy the magazine and welcome to the world of eSports!

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CONTENT

5 6 7 8 9 11 Intro to eSports

How to become pro

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Meet the pros

Meet the players


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INTRODUCTION TO

ESPORTS Simply put, eSports is another term for professional video gaming. Similarly to traditional sports, video gaming has developed its own competitive scene. One team competes against another under some gaming title - whether it be Call of Duty, League of Legends or Overwatch to name a few. Historically gamers have garnered a reputation as basement dwellers, however the last 4 years have changed eSports into a highly lucrative industry. Games such as Dota and League of Legends have prize pools that reach into millions of US dollars.

The most popular eSports games League of Legends Dota 2 Call of Duty Counter Strike: Global Offensive FIFA StarCraft 2 Halo 5 - ESPORTS LOWDOWN - JULY 2017


Like in traditional sports, it’s athletes earn money through sponsorship deals, prize money and salaries paid by the organisations they represent. Players competing in their respective eSport titles tend to draw large followings. As such their influence in the industry cannot be understated, which is why many companies would be attracted to provide sponsorship deals to these players. The major difference between traditional sports and eSports is where they can be watched. eSports is mostly spectated via online streaming platforms such as twitch.tv and YouTube, whereas traditional sports are hosted on television. However the internet is not the only source of eSports content, eSports has been making its way onto television recently, ESPN has been hosting various eSports tournaments on their channel.

Spectating eSports online is not the only method of viewing its content. Many titles have held tournaments in massive stadiums with numbers matching traditional sports such as football and rugby

Virtus Pro representing at a ESL Major event.

VISIT THEM - www.virtus.pro

HOW CAN ONE BECOME PRO? Becoming a professional gamer is a tough task, the most important requirement is to have time. It requires an enormous amount of time to hone one’s skills. The next step would be to compete on a website such as GameBattles where you would find other skilled players. Entering tournaments and placing in the top tier of competition is the best way to get your name, and therefore your brand noticed in the professional gaming scene.

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AFRICAN CYBER GAMING LEAGUE ABOUT ACGL African Cyber Gaming League (ACGL) is a South African eSports company specialising in online and LAN tournament administration, management and broadcasting. ACGL was established in 2015 by the company’s directors Nick Holden and Clinton O’Shea, whom have over 15 years of experience in operating both casual and competitive gaming events.

Nick Holden has operated online tournaments for a variety of titles under Xbox Reel, Clan Connection and MWEB Gamezone. Clinton O’Shea owns Zombiegamer (website and gaming events) and runs TGN Racing Simulators in Cape Town and has set up and operated multiple gaming tournaments and events at a variety of venues and expos.

Both have worked together in association over the years and formalised ACGL in 2015 to establish an eSports operator for South Africa - and ultimately Africa – that offers international quality eSports locally.

Nick Holden ACGL is prepared to run competitive gaming (eSports) events that strategically connect consumers with your marketplace. In the ever expanding world of eSports, we provide an opportunity for your business to grow awareness and advertising via specialized channels of interactive marketing.

GET IN CONTACT WITH ACGL Clinton O’Shea AfricanGaming

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EGE PLANS 2017 ELECTRONIC GAMING EXPO 2017 - CAPE TOWN EGE 2017 is indeed happening at CTICC from 28 to 30 July 2017 and we – along with Zombiegamer – are planning a number of tournaments and gaming activities over the course of that weekend.

Now, before you start asking us about other titles, we should point out that there will also be other tournament operators at the event and we have been told that Dota 2, CS:GO and more will also feature.

As with EGE 2016, Friday will feature tournaments for school pupils, while plenty of tournament action will be live on the stage all weekend. There will also be some racing over the weekend for those that prefer the virtual smell of rubber.

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Players will require at least a day pass to the expo to compete, while Call of Duty teams will need to secure a weekend pass per player (R220). The great thing for those attending Friday in school uniform (and are legitimate school pupils) is that tickets will be R20 for the day and proceeds will be donated to charity.

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MEET THE PROS

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ABOUT US

OUR history

Bravado Gaming is South Africa’s premiere multigaming organization and serves home to some of the best local and international competitive gamers (e-sports) while simultaneously building a lifestyle, gaming brand. It is our aim to help the progression of e-sports both locally and internationally by raising levels of competition and increasing public involvement and developing corporate opportunities.

Established in 2006, as one of South Africa’s oldest competitive teams, Bravado continues to grow from strength to strength.

OUR VISION

A local scene where the paradigm of gaming is shifted from hobby to a lifestyle, and the standard for e-sports events and competition are at a worldclass level.

Bravado began as a competitive Counter-Strike team in South Africa early 2002 which shortly after disbanded. Bravado Gaming was re-created in 2006 by Andreas and Dimitri Hadjipaschali with the main goal of developing a very competitive multi-gaming organization and simultaneously, a very reputable gaming brand to the e-sports enthusiasts. The name was was re-created and re-branded and registered as a legal entity into what is today, South Africa’s premiere e-sports organization. The organization and brand has also been featured on various mass media platforms throughout radio, television, various magazine and newspaper publications. Some of many of these platforms include but are not limited to: 5FM, Jacaranda FM, Forbes Africa, CNBC, The Citizen, ENCA, Cliff Central, SABC, E-TV, The Verge, Tech Express and many more. It is within our vision and mission to ensure that exposure for the organisation, brand and e-sports in general is at an occuring and re-occuring status as we grow stronger.

OUR MISSION To bring e-sports to the masses by creating a lifestyle brand that unites the gaming hobbyists, enthusiasts and professionals under one banner.

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MEET SOME OF OUR PLAYERS The blood in our veins

JOHNNY THEODOSIOU “JT” At only the age of 17, JT has been regarded as one of the top players in South Africa after a very impressive performance in the 2016 season. JT is able to perform under pressure situations in any given role, making him a very dynamic player for any given squad. JT is bound to turn heads on the International scene as he now joins the ranks of Bravado Gaming after previously playing for Team Carbon. Coming from Battlefield and diversifying into Counter-Strike, this individual is no newcomer to the FPS scene.

RHYS ARMSTRONG “FADEY” Quick and effective are some of the few words that describe Fadey and his style of play. Regarded as one of the top entry fraggers on the South African scene, Fadey acquires a skill of creating opportunity for his team as the first man in battle. Time and time again, this individual has shown that he is a very competitive and adaptive player, making him one of the most feared competitors in the South African e-sports scene.

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www.bravadogaming.co.za DIMITRI HADJIPASCHALI “DESTrony”

ARAN GROESBEEK “sonic”

Dimitri has been considered by many as the best performing player in South Africa. Having competed internationally in a combination between Quake and Counter-Strike, Dimitri ensures that his team grows from strength to strength. He began his professional Counter-Strike career in 2006 when the founding squad of Bravado Gaming was created. Today he captains his squad and analyses all situations to allow the team to maintain their performance on an international standard.

Some may remember Aran appearing out of nowhere and taking the Counter-Strike scene by storm which is exactly what this young individual has achieved, proving over and over again that newcomers to the scene may possess just as much knowledge, insight and awareness of the game, making them a top quality player who can compete on the highest standards possible. Aran is the ‘young gun’ of the squad and usually plays a lurking role, accurately timing decisions based on the situation of the round.

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