Telkom announced on 21 January that it would put up a million rand in prize money for its new Digital Gaming League in 2016.
This is to support its plans to foster growth in the competitive online gaming arena, and formalise e-sports in South Africa.
Contenders in Telkom’s new Masters League will be in line for a share of the winnings, with 8 clans set to compete in the 2016 tournament.
Telkom said it would build the brands of the teams playing in the Masters while they compete.
It would also support its launch of the Masters with network improvements throughout the year, new servers, and new software for the Digital Gaming League (DGL).
The new league software will enable more gamers to participate in the year-long league, said Telkom, as it aims to increase the league numbers from 6,000 gamers to 100,000.
Teams will play DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, with the prize money split evenly between the two games.
All Masters players can expect to be paid for competing, with the cash prizes varying between R200,000 for first place winners, and R50,000 for the team that comes last.
The 8 clans competing in the 2016 Telkom DGL Masters are:
- Aperture Gaming
- Bravado Gaming
- CarboN eSports
- Damage Control
- In-Finity Gaming
- Veneration E-sports
- White Rabbit Gaming
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In addition to launching the Masters competition for its Digital Gaming League, Telkom also invited all “like-minded partners” to get involved in building e-sports in South Africa.