No continent is safe from esports as we unveil the first ever esports championship on the African continent - the ESL African Championship, presented by Kwesé. Together with Kwesé Sports, Econet Media’s premium sports content platform, we are excited to give South African CS:GO players and top Hearthstone players from all regions a platform on which to showcase their skills. A total prize pool of R2.000.000 for 2017, which equals to more than US$150.000 per season, will be up for grabs.
The inaugural season of the ESL African Championship will run from April to June, with the official qualifiers already beginning on Saturday, April 15th, followed directly by the second season, starting in July. The grand finals of season two will culminate in October at the rAge Gaming Expo in the Ticketpro Dome of Johannesburg. There, the top four teams and players in both CS:GO and Hearthstone will get the chance to compete against each other on the big stage.
You can find the seasonal tournament structure in the graphic below.
The tournament format for the group stage of both competitions will be as follows:
CS:GO: Round robin - each team plays each other once
Hearthstone: Double round robin, all player face each other twice