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E-sports event, Rush set to bring gamers and e-sports enthusiasts together

June 28, 2019 • Gadgets and Gaming, Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top Stories

An e-sports team competing for the top prize

An e-sports team competing for the top prize at Rush 2018.

Rush 2019, a multi-platform, multi-tournament e-sports event held in South Africa will take place at the Sun Arena in Times Square, Pretoria, from 28 June to 30 June. This e-sports event is an initiative of NAG, a South African gaming website that is also involved with the annual gaming expo, rAge.

Rush will cater to professional gamers, e-sports fans and casual gamers alike. South Africa’s top e-sports teams and players will compete across a variety of games and gaming platforms to earn prizes, recognition and bragging rights. The gaming competitions that will be held at Rush are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Fortnite, FIFA 19, Hearthstone, StarCraft II and the  Dragon Ninja Laser Eyes Tekken 7 tournament.

The CounterStrike: Global Offensive tournament is being sponsored by Vodacom4U and will be hosted by Mettlestate. This tournament is the South African National Qualifier for the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG). The qualifiers for the tournament took place online between 5 and 15 June, and the semi-finals and finals

Rush is open to all ages

Rush is open to all ages. Two young gamers enjoying Rush 2018.

will take place at Rush. The game will be played on PC. Like the CounterStrike tournament, the Dota 2 tournament will be hosted by Mettlestate and is sponsored by Vodacom4U. The online qualifiers took place between 5 and 15 June, and the semi-finals and finals will be hosted at Rush. The game will also be played on PC.

Fortnite, currently the most popular game in the world, will be having a much-anticipated tournament at Rush. Unlike the previously mentioned tournaments, the Fortnite competition will be played on mobile. The tournament is sponsored by Vodacom4U and the Samsung Galaxy S10+. Anyone can register for the tournament either online or at Rush. The FIFA 19 tournament is sponsored by Vodacom4U and players had until 22 June to pre-register for it. The game will be played on the PlayStation 4 and will be a 1 on 1 style tournament.

Online qualifiers for the Hearthstone tournament took place between 5 and 15 June. This tournament is the South African National Qualifier for the WESG. The semi-finals and finals will take place at Rush, and the game will be played on PC. The tournament is also sponsored by Vodacom4U.

South African e-sports caster Chantelle Alexander (left) interviews a professional gamer.

South African e-sports caster Chantelle Alexander (left) interviews a professional gamer at Rush 2018.

The StarCraft II tournament consists of the semi-finals and finals matches at Rush. The tournament is sponsored by Vodacom4U and will be played on the PC. The final tournament is the Dragon Ninja Laser Eyes Tekken 7 tournament. This tournament is a registered Tekken Dojo Event, so points earned will be count towards a player’s overall Tekken World Tour Points. A workshop for Tekken 7 will be held on 28 June to get new players familiarised with the game. The double-elimination qualifiers will be held on 29 June and the finals will take place on 30 June. The first place prize is $353, the second place prize is $35 and the third place prize is $4. The game will be played on the PlayStation 4.

Tickets for Rush can be purchased at Ticketpro outlets and online. The Day Pass costs $8.50, which is valid for only one day out of the three days, and the Weekend Pass costs $21.20 for the whole weekend. The Player Pass will cost $17.70 and is available for people competing in any of the tournaments. Tickets to Rush will also grant you access to GeekFest, a comic, cosplay and general pop-culture expo also taking place at the Sun Arena in Pretoria from 28 June to 30 June.

Edited by Kojo Essah

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