July 21, 2024

#GamerGirls: Karli Roodt Bags ‘Rocket League’ Award In South Africa

Karli Roodt (Middelburg Hoërskool) yesterday became the first female champion in the esports title of Rocket League to earn Mpumalanga Provincial colours. Karli also qualifies for National Team Trials, and may very well end up in the National Squad and/or Protea Team.

She achieved this feat during the 2023 Northern Cape Online Championships which came off in South Africa and was organised by Mind Sport South Africa(MSSA).

The female esports team, VYBN Females, also had a good showing in the CSGO esports title. The team has now earned Provincial colours as well as qualifying for National Team Trials, and may very well end up in the National Squad and/or Protea Team. Of course, CSGO is just  one of the six titles which MSSA has entered to contest at IESF’s 15th World Championships.

Even with load shedding causing frustration among both athletes and officials alike,Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) was able to still host a very successful championship were all participants were able to compete and, most of all, have fun.

With the South African government stating that South Africa will have load shedding for the next two years, MSSA is already reviewing its policies in regard to load shedding and its online championships.

Loadshedding has a huge impact on esports, and may end up causing online console and pc gaming to become elitist as only those who are substantially financially advantaged will be able to compete. It may also result in mobile esports becoming more popular.. A continuous and consistent electricity supply is vital to South Africa developing as a major esports nation.

Nevertheless, MSSA is more than happy with the results from the 2023 Northern Cape Championships. 

There were no less than seven (7) provinces represented, and more importantly, there were more females participating since 2020. Of the 22 athletes who earned Provincial Colours, 7 of such athletes are females.

IESF’s 15th World Championships will be played to the following titles:

  • Counter-Strike: GO (CSGO)
  • Counter-Strike: GO (CSGO) – Female division
  • DotA 2
  • eFootball
  • Mobile Legends, Bang Bang
  • Tekken 7

The winners of the 2023 Northern Cape Online Championships are:

TitleName of player/teamClubColours awarded
Clash of ClansMartin VenterHoër Volkskool PotchefstroomNorth West
Clash Royale – PremierJohn KimMiddiesMpumulanga
Clash Royale – Premier – FemaleLeone LoftusMasters of Mind SportsFree State
Clash RoyaleTshwarelo TshwaneKnights Mind Sports Club 
CS:GO – PremierZAG CSZAG Academy 
Josh ChapmanWestern Cape
Sebastian Montoya-PelaezWestern Cape
Michael de VilliersWestern Cape
Josh OrelowitzWestern Cape
Thomas VenablesGauteng
CS:GO – Premier – FemaleVYBN FemalesZAG Academy 
Paula van VuurenWestern Cape
Chloe WilsonGauteng
Rialet van JaarsveldGauteng
Nicky MullerGauteng
Alexandria KrugerMpumulanga
FIFA 23 – PremierAntonie BotesHoër Volkskool PotchefstroomNorth West
PUBGM – PremierTeam eFxTeam eFx 
Sulaimaan MusthanKwaZulu Natal
Jared RublyGauteng
Jarrod PretoriusGauteng
Richard HenryEastern Cape
Rocket League – PremierNick MatzopoulosZAG AcademyWestern Cape
Rocket League – Premier – FemaleKarli RoodtMiddiesMumulanga
Rocket League – High SchoolsMaree van der MerweHoër Volkskool Potchefstroom 
Tekken 7Jonathan BrownTeam PlaybellWestern Cape
Sportsmanship AwardDesiree BothaMiddies