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Telkom awards R1m in digital gaming prizes

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After an intense weekend of Dota 2 and Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) gaming at the Telkom Digital Gaming League Masters tournament at the rAge Expo in Johannesburg, two teams came out tops.
Bravado Gaming, consistently the best team throughout the year, took the CS:GO title after beating CarboN eSports 2:0. The Dota 2 title went to White Rabbit Gaming after a tense standoff against Bravado Gaming. First placed teams for both CS:GO and Dota 2 took home R200 000 in prize money. Second place took home R90 000.
During the weekend, eight Multi Gaming Organisations (MGOs) took part, fielding different teams for the two games, competing for South Africa’s largest Esports cash prize pool in history – R1-million.
“Telkom is thrilled to be involved Esports – this weekend’s tournament has proven how its popularity is growing in South Africa. We are hoping this will only continue and the R1 million prize pool for the finals only shows our commitment to the industry and the sport,” says Jacqui O’Sullivan, group executive communication and brand marketing for Telkom.
The prize pool breakdown is as follows:

CS:GO
• First place: Bravado Gaming – R200, 000
• Second place: CarboN eSports – R90, 000
• Third Place: Damage Control – R50, 000
• Fourth Place: Flipsid3 Tactics – R40, 000
• Fifth and sixth: Aperture Gaming and White Rabbit Gaming – R35,000
• Seventh and eighth: Veneration E-Sports and Xperts@Total.Chaos – R25,000

Dota 2
• First place: White Rabbit Gaming – R200, 000
• Second place: Bravado Gaming – R90, 000
• Third Place: Aperture Gaming – R50, 000
• Fourth Place: CarboN eSports – R40, 000
• Fifth and sixth: Flipsid3 Tactics and Damage Control – R35,000
• Seventh and eighth: Veneration E-Sports and Xperts@Total.Chaos – R25,000
The Digital Gaming Championship (DGC) also took place over the weekend, where 500 of the best competitors from the seven leagues have been invited to take part. The following teams and individuals secured titles during the DGC:
• Counter Strike: Global Offensive: eN.Heat
• Dota 2: EXDEE Dota 2
• League of Legends: Ventus Gaming
• Battlefield 4: Pulse.Evolve
• Call of Duty Black Ops 3 (PC): cbN-Carbon-COD
• Call of Duty Black Ops 3 (PS4): eN. eN F34R
• Hearthstone: Alan “gas” Gaskon

“We have been involved with gaming for over 10 years and we are committed to seeing the industry grow and develop. This is just the beginning of Telkom’s involvement in this space. The DGL will continue to evolve to offer more opportunities and packages for all gamers from casual to competitive,” says O’Sullivan.