April 25, 2024

SA Dota & CS:GO student team to journey to Russia

Esports Games

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has revealed their Dota and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) teams to participate in a four-way test match in Moscow, Russia from September 15 to 17.

The competition will see the African nation face off against Serbia, Kazakhstan and hosts Russia for a chance to secure a slice of the ₽1,500,000 ($24,779) prize pool.

The South Africa team, which is managed by veteran team manager Johan van Breda, is set to be represented by students from the University of Cape Town (UCT), University of Stellenbosch (MATIES), University of Pretoria (TUKS) and SWPS Uniwersytet.

Johan van Breda will be managing South Africa’s Student Esports Team

This is following trials held ahead of the team’s journey to Moscow, which were held at MSSA’s annual North West Online Championships, which saw students from six (6) institutions of higher learning fighting for a place in the team.

Below are the Dota and CS:GO teams selected after the North West Online Championships wrapped up:

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Team

Name of playerInstitution of higher learning
Joshua ChapmanUniversity of Cape Town (UCT)
Simon ZandstraUniversity of Stellenbosch (MATIES)
Sebastian PelaezUniversity of Cape Town (UCT)
Robert ButlerUniversity of Cape Town (UCT)
Armand Pierre van der ColfUniversity of Pretoria (TUKS)

Dota Team

Name of playerInstitution of higher learning
Christian UysUniversity of Stellenbosch (MATIES)
Lennard KoekemoerUniversity of Pretoria (TUKS)
Nathan BeckUniversity of Pretoria (TUKS)
Suhail KhanUniversity of Pretoria (TUKS)
Tameer ChicktaySWPS Uniwersytet

Below is the prize structure for the upcoming competition:

1st place₽800,000 ($13,215)
2nd place₽400,000 ($6,608)
3rd place₽200,000 ($3,304)
4th place₽100,000 ($1,652)

South Africa’s participation in the four-way test match in Russia has caused some tension on social media due to the country’s ongoing war with Ukraine, with some, such as radio personality Jon Gericke, calling into question the MSSA’s decision to accept the Russian Esports Federation’s invite to participate in the competition.