This year, one of the biggest names in eSports industry, ESL, will be organising their first eSports tournament in the African continent. The official announcement of the tournament said that the games that will be featured at this competition will include Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Hearthstone, developed by Blizzard Entertainment. The ESL African Championship, which will apparently be the official name of this tournament, will be organised in cooperation with s which is the biggest sports content platform for Econet Media in Africa. ESL and Kwese have announced that the prize pool for this tournament will be $150,000 which is, when you think of it, a really good prize pool for a tournament that is being organised for the first time ever.
The start of this tournament will feature the inaugural series being played from April to June and after the end of that first stage, the second stage of the tournament will commence. The grand finals of the ESL African Championship will be played in October, and the city selected to host the grand finals is Johannesburg, South Africa. The grand finals of this event will feature four best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams as well as four best Hearthstone players facing off at the rAge Gaming Expo in Johannesburg.
ESL And Kwese Dedicated To Making ESL AC A Success
ESL officials are very happy with the fact that for the first time ever, players from Africa will have the opportunity to participate in one official eSports tournament, and that can be seen from the statement of the ESL’s Board Member, Malte Barth which announced great excitement about organising this event for the African eSports community. Mr. Barth believes that giving players a chance to compete in such tournament creates a chance for some legendary moments within their universe. Along with Kwesé ESL have announced their commitment to making ESL African Championship a great success.
The format of the competition will feature open qualifiers that will be held from April to June and all interested parties will have the opportunity to participate, and top eight teams from those open qualifiers will advance to the group stage of the tournament. This format will be applied for both the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as well as for Hearthstone competition. In both competitions, top four teams from the group stage will then advance to the playoff series while the other four teams will be heading to the second series where they will be playing relegation matches.
The second series matches will start immediately after the end of the first series, as we have mentioned before, and the first matches of the second series will be played in July. Top four teams and players from the qualifiers for the second series will be joining the four teams and players that played relegation matches in the first series, and the winner of this part of the competition will be moving on to the group stage of the second series. The four teams that finish in the top four positions in the group stage of the second series will be joining top four teams from the group stage of the first series, and these eight teams and players will be advancing to the LAN finals that will be played in October.