Namibian esports shifts into high gear
Photo from left to right: Salome de Bruyn NESA Treasurer, Mazila “Freddy” Mazila Tekken7 Champion 2019, Mapenzi Chinana and Dorian van Rooi the two FIFA19 Champions
The Namibian Electronic Sports Association (NESA) has grown in leaps and bounds since its establishment in 2010 as the association is continuously expanding on its membership, events and international opportunities.
NESA has successfully concluded National Tournaments for FIFA19 and Tekken7 on console, and the upcoming online PC National Tournaments will have gamers on their toes for the next month or two. The FIFA19 and Tekken7 National Tournament was concluded on 15 June 2019 at the Final event that took place in Windhoek. The FIFA19 Champions for 2019 is Mapenzi Chimana (male athlete) and Dorian van Rooi (female athlete) who will continue to represent Namibia in upcoming international matches for this game title.
The Tekken7 National Tournament Final was hosted on the same day where Mazila “Freddy” Mazila (male athlete) held on to his title as Namibia’s National Tekken7 Champion since 2017. NESA did unfortunately not receive any eligible female entries during the Qualifiers events, but will be hosting a separate female Tekken7 National Tournament later this year. Details for the female tournament will be announced as soon as possible.
NESA is geared for the National Tournament in Defense of the Ancients 2 (DotA2) and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) to start. Registrations for these PC titles are available on the NESA website www.esportsnamibia.org and will close on 2 July 2019 at 08:00 strictly. Teams that are interested to participate should ensure that all team members are registered and paid NESA members before they will be allowed to participate in this online Tournament scheduled to officially start on 5 July 2019. Entry fees are charged at N$300 per person which includes the annual NESA membership fee.
Cash prizes are up for grabs, while Namibian players will be evaluated for the National Esports Team selection.
NESA is making every effort to secure more opportunities for Namibian esports athletes to compete internationally and develop professional gaming within the country. NESA was able to send athletes to participate at the International Esports Federation (IESF) World Championship in 2017 and 2018, and every effort is being made to ensure the 2019 National Esports Team will be afforded with the same opportunity. This year’s IESF World Championship will be taking place in Seoul, South Korea, from 11 to 15 December 2019. Additional international online matches will also be arranged for the Namibian Esports Team to hone their skills leading up to the World Championship.
For more information regarding NESA’s 2019 National Tournaments visit our Facebook page @Nesa.Namibia or our website www.esportsnamibia.org