Kwese Sports, the premium sports content platform for Econet Media, has announced that it will host its first ever African Challenge Esport (ACE) gaming tournament. The company states that the “gaming trend and community have grown dramatically over the past few years in South Africa, particularly e-sports, Kwese acknowledge that gaming is now an official sport and we want to be there to support gamers across the African continent”.

As such, Kwese Sports will be hosting the ACE in Johannesburg, at rAge Expo 2016 in the Ticketpro Dome. The entire tournament will feature a very decent prize pool of R100,000 (ZAR). Electronic Arts’ highly successful and critically acclaimed soccer game, FIFA 17, will be the official tournament title. Kwese Sports felt that “It’s an exciting time for gaming and with the launch of the new FIFA 17, we saw an opportunity to connect our audience with their favourite sports”.

The tournament will comprise of several event. The first runs from 7 October to 9 October, followed by a second event in Cape Town’s Canal Walk from 28 to 30 October. All winners from the qualifying rounds will take home a whopping R10,000, while the runners up will get R5,000, R3,000 and R2,000 for second, third, and fourth place respectively.

A further final round will be held on 19 November 2016 in Johannesburg. The winners from the first two events will be flown out together to the finals. Winners of this final round will net a massive R20,000 for first place. Second, third and fourth place winners will each pocket R10,000, R7,000, and R3,000 respectively. An additional bonus round with a R10,000 prize will also be up for grabs.

Gamers who think you may stand a chance can enter at the official Kwese ACE website. Below gamers will find a full list of match rules — if you play well enough in those conditions, you are good to go. The tournament will only be able to accommodate up to 512 players, so you better act fast!

Match Rules

  • Abusing in game mechanics will result in the loss of that game.
  • Repeated abuse of in-game mechanics to gain an unfair advantage will result in the loss of the entire match.
  • Injuries: On
  • Instructions: Allowed
  • Offsides: On
  • Bookings: On Time/Score display: On4
  • Camera: Default Radar: ANY
  • Home Auto Switching: User Settings
  • Away Auto Switching: User Settings
  • Handball: OFF
  • Referee: Card Strictness & Foul Strictness (both must be average)
  • Weather: Clear
  • Game Speed: Normal
  • Goal Keeper Control: Players are allowed to use the Y button only to control your GoalKeeper, No direct control is allowed.
  • Replays: if you score a goal you cannot watch all 3 replays, once is fine.
  • Time Wasting: Should you be leading in a game and start passing around in the back you will be immediately disqualified. Please call a referee if you suspect your opponent is wasting time.
  • Volume Settings: Default
  • Pass Power Assistance must be OFF

[Sources: Biznis Africa, Kwese Sports (ACE portal)]

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