Kwesé Sports to host their first ever African Challenge Esport gaming tournament

Press Release 26 September: Kwesé Sports, Econet Media’s premium sports content platform, in partnership with Xbox is launching their first African Challenge Esport (ACE) gaming tournament to be hosted in Johannesburg at the rAge Expo - Ticketpro Dome Northgate - from 7-9 October followed by Cape Town at Canal Walk from 28-30 October. The tournament will allow for contestants to battle it out through qualifying rounds with four finalists selected from each city to participate in the final on 19 November in Johannesburg.

The recently launched FIFA 17 will be the official tournament game. It is one of the bestselling videogames in the world and fans across the globe await its release every year. The game delivers authentic, true-to-life action and introduces fans to characters full of depth and emotion.

Winners in the qualifying rounds will walk away with an impressive R10 000, runners up will receive R5 000, R3 000 and R2 000 respectively for second, third and fourth place in each city. The four semi-finalists from Cape Town will then be sponsored to travel to Johannesburg for a one day long final against the Johannesburg winners at the Microsoft offices.

For the finals in Johannesburg, prizes are set at R20 000 for first place, R10 000 for second place, R7 000 for third place and R3 000 for fourth place. There will be an additional bonus round with and extra R10 000 up for grabs.

To be part of this exhilarating tournament, contestants need to log on to to register and select a city they would like to represent. This is a first of its kind for Kwesé Sports in South Africa and this initiative will soon be made available for gamers across the African continent.

“We are committed to constantly engaging our audience in new and creative ways”, said Joseph Hundah, CEO Econet Media. “The gaming trend and community has grown dramatically over the past few years in South Africa, particularly esports, Kwese acknowledge that gaming is now an official sport and we want to be there to support gamers across the African continent. It’s an exciting time in gaming and with the launch of the new FIFA 17, we saw an opportunity to connect our audience with their favorite sports”.

“Xbox has been a long standing sponsor of competitive egaming tournaments and we are excited to partner with Kwesé Sports in bringing this unique experience to gamers in South Africa and engaging them in innovative ways moving forward”, added Joe Kruger.

Do not forget to register, only registered players will be allowed to participate. We hope to see you there!

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About Econet Media

A subsidiary company of the globally networked Econet Group founded by Executive Chairman Strive Masiyiwa, Econet Media is a dynamic content business driving the development of Kwesé, a fresh new television brand. Created for Sub-Saharan African audiences, Kwesé is inspired by the ‘TV everywhere’ revolution. As such, a range of Kwesé products will be made available on satellite and internet based platforms, including video-on-demand and mobile options. Focused on providing premium, affordable, exclusive viewing choices, Kwesé products will offer sports, music, movies, series, kids, lifestyle, faith, news and other programming. Consumers will also benefit from the infrastructural strength of Econet Media sister companies, Liquid Telecom and Econet Wireless. Their expertise and capacity in the areas of mobile and fixed telephony services, broadband, internet, satellite and fibre optic networks will be utilized to establish Kwesé products.  In addition, Econet Media have invested intensively to build its own operational assets.

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