Believe it or not, but eSports is on the cusp of becoming a R14.7 billion enterprise, with over 300 million fans.
Recently, the League of Legends Championship Finals attracted over 43 million viewers, a statistic that has not gone unnoticed by Multichoice, who last year launched a dedicated eSports channel - GINX Esports TV - on DStv.
And locally, the participation in eSports is also growing. At the recently completed VS Gaming Championships held in Kyalami last month, prize-money was set at a record R1.85 million.
Clearly, the space has become a competitive one, and although this year’s rAge Expo will mostly be hosting more casual tournaments, it will be offering a unique opportunity for those interested in the growing professional aspects of the discipline.
At the expo, starting on Friday at the TicketPro Dome, Bravado Gaming - South Africa’s locally based competitive eSports outfit - will be hosting workshops and events to introduce and educate would-be professional gamers and businessmen to the pro scene under their ‘Bring the Bravado’ initiative.
Topics during the interactions today will range from gaming production, the business of eSports to ‘shoutcasting’. Team members will also be available on Saturday, live-streaming from Texas, to answer questions about their profession and lifestyle.
Of particular interest to eSports enthusiasts might be the Quake Championship, which will see the top eight players in South Africa battle it out for the rAge Champions title.
Doors to the expo opened at 10am on Friday, and 9am on Saturday and Sunday, with tickets starting from R150 per person. For more information visit www.rageexpo.co.za