- Thabo Moloi and Shiaan Rugbeer defeated contenders from all over the world at the VS Gaming FIFA qualifier
- They pocketed a whopping R400,000 in prize money each
- The boys will have to travel overseas to compete internationally
On Sunday night Thabo Moloi and Shiaan Rugbeer made South African gamers proud by beating more than a thousand other players in Monte Casino, Johannesburg.
The PlayStation 4 VS Gaming FIFA eWorld Cup qualifier could be compared to the FIFA World Cup in its importance and serious competitiveness.
Telkom is a huge sponsor behind VS Gaming and its first accredited global series qualifier showed just how popular e-sports have become.
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Thabo represented PlayStation 4 in the tournament while Shiaan was there to represent the Xbox One.
The money is a sweet reward on top of the thrilling victory these boys clinched, but that's not where it ends.
They will now be going overseas to compete even further and might even represent South Africa in the eWorld Cup later this month when the 32 best players will be facing off.
The 16 best Xbox One and the 16 best PlayStation 4 virtual footballers will be competing for the title of World Champion.
Young Thabo is undoubtedly proud of himself - rightfully so - and has hopes for his future in e-sports. “I’m excited to be representing my country at the World Cup. I really want to see what the future holds for me.”
According to spokesperson Wanda Mkhize, South African FIFA players round up at more than a million. She is excited that local players had the chance to be part of such a tournament. “We really needed Africa to be in this space – and we got the bid,“ she stated.
These local events are estimated by Mkhize to be the second biggest in the world and the biggest on the African continent. “It is the biggest in Africa – and we will continue to be the biggest in Africa.”
Mkhize has great hope for this event to spark a fire that will lead to greater growth for gaming in South Africa. “We’ve shown FIFA the love and participation for the game in South Africa and we are looking at different ways that gamers can participate.”
For anyone interested in taking a closer look, the tournament is hosted on the PlayStation and Xbox networks and can be accessed via EA SPORTS FIFA 18.
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