2009’s big gaming leagues

Intel Annihilator gaming league

This league, hosted by iBurst’s iGame is a Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare tournament.

The event officially kicks off in February, consisting of 24-round search and destroy matches. The round-robin stage will run for eight weeks. Players qualifying will then go through to the quarter finals, semifinals and final round.

There will be full game commentary available through IGame radio.

The league is hosted on the iGame servers, is free to enter and prizes are being sponsored by Intel.
For more information and to enter go to iGame

AGASA Do Gaming League

AGASA (Amateur Gamers Association of South Africa) hosts what is arguably the biggest and most recognised online competitive league in the country.

Sponsored by Telkom’s Do Gaming, the league hosts Counter Strike: Source, Call of Duty 5: World at War, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Battlefield 2.  

The league begins on January 27 and consists of three legs, each consisting of eight weeks of round-robin style match play. The first week runs from January 27 until April 6. There is a short break for Easter before the league gets going again on April 20 and runs through until June 7. There is a short break for exams before the final leg commences on July 27 and finishes up on October 5.

The entire competition consists of round-robin match-play. This means that everybody gets to play for the full length of the tournament, rather than having players eliminated early on. Ben Greenwood of AGASA told MyBroadband that this was done to allow the less proficient players to get more competitive game time in, as opposed to other tournaments which allow the best players play for longer, while newer players get eliminated early on.

The League is hosted on the SGS servers and is open to any clan that possesses an active AGASA membership.

There will be prize giveaways, however details have yet to be announced.

For more information and to enter go to AGASA

MSSA Championship League

MSSA (Mind Sports South Africa) is an organisation that acts as South Africa’s official national gaming agency.

MSSA is registered just like any other national sports association and allows top players to earn provincial and national colours.

The MSSA championship league does not offer cash or sponsored prizes, but gives away official national medals, as well as national accreditation.

Games included Counter Strike 1.6, DotA- Allstars, Team Fortress 2, Quake 3, Call of Duty 4, Call of Duty 4: World at War, Starcraft, TrackMania Nations Forever, Red Alert 3, Gears of War 2 (XBOX360) and Guitar Hero (XBOX 360).

The competition consists of two legs. The first leg will run for over five weeks starting February 16. Leg two then kicks off on April 6.

Players finishing in the top half of either leg will earn themselves provincial colours.

Players winning all their games in leg two will earn official National Federation colours.

Finally, players that finish in the top 20% of the final scores will qualify for national team trials.

In order to enter, players must be part of an official MSSA registered club. Official MSSA registered clubs are also eligible to apply for funding from the National Lottery fund.  

For more information and to enter go to MSSA

Battle of the clans

Another tournament hosted in affiliation with AGASA, the Battle of the Clans hosts Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Counter Strike: Source and, for the first time this year, Team Fortress II.

Registrations for the tournament close on January 31, and the league begins on February 4.

All three tournaments play though until the end of March. The first stage, or group stage will consist of round-robin match play, and will divide teams into four groups.

The top two teams from each group will go through to the double elimination round. This will function as a knock-out round, with teams being eliminated if they lose two matches.

The Call of Duty 4 and Counter Strike: Source tournaments will require a R350 entry fee per clan. These leagues will feature Intel-sponsored prizes.

Because this is the first year Battle of the Clans is hosting a Team Fortress II competition, it is free to enter and there will be no prizes.

For more information and to enter go to BOTC

GoLive CS 1.6 league

The GoLive is an exclusive Counterstrike 1.6 league and is hosted on the IS servers. There will be a four-week long group stage consisting of round-robin match play.

There will be five teams in each group, with top teams filtering through to knock-out stages.

There are five ADSL prepaid packages, five NAG magazine and 5 SACM Magazine subscriptions up for grabs for first, second and third place.

For more information and to enter go to SAGN

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2009’s big gaming leagues