A video gaming team from Cape Town became the first-ever Red Bull Hattrick South African champions after beating three other teams at the national finals held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre recently.
The e-football team made up of Athi Duva, 24, from Khayelitsha, Dale “Dalelinho“ Nott, 22, from Maitland, and Luke Gabriel, 23, from Wellington, were crowned the first-ever winners in South Africa.
The team was formed recently when the gamers met each other at the regional qualifiers.
They started off as rivals, but when they didn’t make it to the national finals with their previous teams, they decided to join forces to better their chances at the title.
They spent time sharpening their skills and played a couple of games together before taking on the other teams at the national finals.
“We came into the tournament having told ourselves that we want to win, and despite the pressure of the cameras around us, we managed to clinch the win and are very happy about it,” Dalelinho said.
E-sport has gained a lot of traction over the last few years in South Africa with brands like Red Bull showing support by bringing various e-sport competitions for gamers to compete in.
Among these competitions are Red Bull Campus Clutch, Red Bull MEO and the popular Red Bull Hit the Streets.
“Fifa is one of the most popular titles in Africa and with that Red Bull Hattrick aims to find the next future players, much like Red Bull athlete Thabo Moloi,” said said Thulani Sishi, from Gaming Goliath.
“Gamers are starting to see the sport as a viable opportunity and career, and we have more people getting into the sport, which makes tournaments like Red Bull Hattrick very important,” said Sishi