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E-Sports is Growing in South Africa

The digital age has brought about a reawakening of the gaming scene, and South Africa’s eventual introduction of an internet infrastructure that can allow users to take advantage of the full-functionality of online gaming is helping the trend to grow all the more steadily. While there has, for a long time, been a substantial interest in online gaming in our country, it has only really bloomed into popularity since games like Counterstrike GO, Overwatch, PUBG and Fortnight hit the market. Though while online gaming (and even the practice as a profession) is growing steadily in our country, there are a number of things that we will need before we can seriously start competing in an international e-sports community.
Reliable Internet Services
It’s no secret that South Africa is a little behind most of the rest of the world when it comes to internet service providers. Exceptionally high tariffs, a complete lack in spread of infrastructure and sub-standard connection speeds play a major challenge for many households in South Africa. For as long as people need tp struggle to connect to the internet, there will be no way that they can play with consistency when engaging with the online community. This means that, for the most part, gamers’ skills are going underdeveloped in comparison to the rest of the world, and our e-sports scene is suffering as a result.
Our Own Game Servers
It would be really nice to be able to compete with the rest of the world on equal footing, but many games out there are missing South African servers, which makes it all but impossible to compete against our neighbours. Consider playing a fast paced shooter against an opponent that can see 200 milliseconds into the future since that’s the standard latency experienced by most South African gamers playing on US and UK servers. With a disadvantage like this, there is no way that we can take on people who only have a 5 millisecond lag; the advantage is just too great.
Sponsors and Equipment
The last thing that needs to exist to create a better, more energetic and interested online gaming and e-sports community in our country is for it to be attractive and worthwhile for the players. South Korean professional gamers make a ton of money (especially the victors), enjoy national fame and get sponsored by companies left, right and centre. This ensures that the community grows through the development of skilled, highly practiced gamers who know that they can make a successful career out of it.
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