RUSH: an eSports Initiative:
While I got the news last week, everyone has been going nuts about this latest announcement from OMEN by HP that they’d be powering: RUSH, a first for esports in South Africa and is set to become an annual showcase of everything that esports has to offer. This showcase will be hosted at Sandton Convention Centre, Gauteng.
rAge and OMEN by HP:
Over the course of three days, Rush will feature a variety of competitive tournaments by leading local organizations hosted on dedicated esports stages, with live shoutcasting (commentary) by some of South Africa’s top shoutcasters, which may mean we’ll see the crew from MettleState! South Africa’s top gamers and clans will compete for the honour of taking the top spots, as well as for a host of incredible prizes. Perhaps the biggest draw for
South Africa’s top gamers and clans will compete for the honour of taking the top spots, as well as for a host of incredible prizes. Perhaps the biggest draw for esports is the spectator value – fans and supporters will be able to watch the competitions live on big screens with dedicated seating areas at all the stages.
Three main stages have already been confirmed, showcasing popular titles such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), FIFA 17 and League of Legends. In addition, there’ll be a Street Fighter V tournament where casual as well as professional gamers can take part. Games such as these, with their dedicated fan bases, will showcase the best local talent that esports has to offer.
“Rush aims to provide a neutral and inclusive platform for all the local esports organisations to host their respective events under one roof,” said Lauren Das Neves, marketing manager for Rush, NAG and rAge. “We want to foster an environment that will not only benefit local tournament hosts but encourage new esports talent, as well as provide a center of activity where local esports fans can gather to interact with and support their favourite teams and players. Rush is not another rAge, it’s something completely different”.
“We are proud to be partnering with Rush as the headline sponsor for this inaugural esports event. We said we would re-enter the high-end gaming PC market and we are back with an impressive line-up of OMEN PCs. We have built PCs for gamers who need fierce performance out-of-the-box in a fully customizable chassis – something not typically available from traditional PC manufacturers,” said David Rozzio, Managing Director of HP Inc South Africa.
The Prize: R20 000
19 October, HP will host a live League of Legends tournament at the FOR GAMES event in Prague (19 – 22 October 2017) on a much larger scale. “We will also be sponsoring a trip to Prague this October for the winning team of the Rush HP OMEN League of Legends Challenge. We are excited to be part of this great evolution of gaming in South Africa and want to immerse ourselves in the community for many more years,” concluded David.
Orena, one of the active partners at RUSH, will be offering gaming opportunities and technical support across the spectrum at the event. “A highlight of Rush will be the chance to qualify for ESWC for CS:GO at one of the main stages,” says Luca Tucconi, Operating Executive at Orena.
As part of Orena’s Fight Night, there’ll be a casual Street Fighter V tournament, with a not-so-casual R20,000 up for grabs at the end of the Fight Night Season in October. Orena will also be running the tournament for HP OMEN’s League of Legends stage.
Where and When:
|Dates:||21 July – 23 July 2017|
|Show times:||Friday: 10:00-20:00 | Saturday: 09:00-21:00 | Sunday: 09:00-16:00|
|NAG LAN ticket:||R600|
|Venue:||Exhibition Hall 2, Sandton Convention Centre, Gauteng|
What do you think though, amped for these new eSports developments? Let me know in the comments: