Kwesé Sports and Xbox South Africa have teamed up for the first ever African Challenge eSports (ACE) FIFA 17 tournament, kicking off at rAge in Joburg next weekend, with a Cape Town event to follow later in October, and R100,000 up for the win in the November finals. Double whammy!

The tournament format includes preliminary qualifying sudden death knockout rounds in Joburg and Cape Town, and a double elimination knockout in the semi-finals. The finals will be held back up in Joburg on 19 November.

“We are committed to constantly engaging our audience in new and creative ways. The gaming trend and community has grown dramatically over the past few years in South Africa, particularly eSports, Kwesé acknowledge that gaming is now an official sport and we want to be there to support gamers across the African continent,” said Joseph Hundah, CEO of Kwesé Sports parent company Econet Media. “It’s an exciting time in gaming and with the launch of the new FIFA 17, we saw an opportunity to connect our audience with their favorite sports”.

“Xbox has been a long standing sponsor of competitive egaming tournaments and we are excited to partner with Kwesé Sports in bringing this unique experience to gamers in South Africa and engaging them in innovative ways moving forward”, added Joe Kruger, Microsoft South Africa’s senior retail services executive.

The prizes and competition dates look like this:

Qualifier prize pool

  • 1st Place: R10 000,00
  • 2nd Place: R5 000,00
  • 3rd Place: R3 000,00
  • 4th Place: R2 000,00

Cape Town qualifier prize pool

  • 1st Place: R10 000,00
  • 2nd Place: R5 000,00
  • 3rd Place: R3 000,00
  • 4th Place: R2 000,00


  • 1st Place: R25 000,00
  • 2nd Place: R15 000,00
  • 3rd Place: R7 000,00
  • 4th Place: R3 000,00
  • Finalists Bonus Round: R10000

Tournament dates

  • Qualifier JHB – rAge 7,8,9 October 2016
  • Qualifier CPT – Canal Walk 28 – 30 October 2016
  • Finals JHB 19 November 2016

For more information about Kwesé Sports and ACE, as well as event registration, visit the official website.


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