Players from the Cape Cobras, the Stormers and Cape Town City FC will go head-to-head in a Esports Challenge as part of a series of planned provincial championships.
The implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on sport and enforcement of the nationwide lockdown has led to a couple of initiatives undertaken by EsportsSA to get more people involved with digital gaming.
It resulted in the announcement of the #3teams1city Super Challenge, where the Cobras, Stormers and Cape Town City will do battle in an eight-week online FIFA 20 competition, while fans will also be able to take part in the event.
The Cobras have confirmed Proteas players George Linde, Kyle Verreynne and Janneman Malan will be partnered by teammates Imraan Manack, Nandre Burger and Isma-eel Gafieldien for the challenge.
Qualifiers will be held on X-Box One and PlayStation 4 with the finals being hosted live at a Cape Town based venue. These qualifiers will be split into 3 parts (running concurrently); The DHL Stormers challenge, the Citizens challenge and the Cape Cobras challenge.
This will give fans (as well as amateur, semi-pro and pro FIFA ‘20 players) the chance to enter online and compete for the top 8 spots challenge where they will represent their respective teams in the #3teams1city Super Challenge.
Founder of EsportSA Junaid Moerat says the initiative will provide fans will a different take on sports and will give them the opportunity to tune in to see how some of South Africa’s biggest sports stars fare on the digital stage.
‘This will be a great way to bring all the fans across sporting codes together for friendly competition on a virtual platform while ensuring the brands transcend traditional boundaries and be available in homes across South Africa,’ Moerat said.
‘It also provides the more competitive gamers a platform to showcase their talents and be recognised by some of the biggest traditional sporting brands in the country.’