Are you into esports? Are you not into esports but you want to be into esports? Maybe you don’t even know what esports is. Or you do know, but your mom totally doesn’t get it and won’t buy you an expensive new mouse with lots of RGB buttons. Whatever your interest in esports, we’ve got you covered with all the info you need to know to get you started. NAG and Bravado Gaming have two-upped to present a 3-day program of talks and workshops for you to meet the local industry leaders and esports specialists, and – yes! – win prizes.

“I’m very happy to announce the NAG partnership with Bravado. We’ve seen these guys and girls grow from participating in the very first Counter-Strike tournament that was hosted at rAge by Arena 77 many, many years ago, to become one of the top teams in South Africa and beyond. Who better to guide and teach a new generation of esports professionals? I’m excited to see what comes of this initiative,” says Michael James, Senior Project Manager, rAge expo.

“Bringing Your Bravado” is about more than the simple whittling away of hours behind a screen. It’s about learning a new culture and adapting to its rules. It’s about educating people about a platform that the modern world is fast embracing. It’s about being the best you can be in a new world.

“As an individual who has worked with some of the best esports athletes, brands and businesses on this continent, I’m happy that we’ll be working side-by-side with NAG to establish and perform a three-day activation that will be aimed at creating awareness in a variety of gaming and ecosystem topics,” says Bravado CEO Andreas Hadjipaschali. “We want to ensure that we can push out different messages from different angles in order to answer a lot of unanswered questions. We want to build an interactive environment that will allow people not to just see, but to listen and experience.”

The schedule includes speakers from the South African esports scene, up-close-and-personal time with some Alienware hardware, and a Saturday meet-and-greet session with guests, plus a selfie competition to win a Bravado Gaming Vertagear SL2000 Limited Edition gaming chair and a NAG hamper.

The format will be from an educational and informative aspect, and will include 20-minute talks on different subjects like the business behind running an esports team, the benefits of becoming a pro-gamer, team dynamics, accessing sponsors, and more.

During the breaks, visitors will have the chance to pick the brains of the pros to take their first steps toward bringing their bravado.

“I believe that general social and competitive gaming is understated in our country. The problem isn’t the market, it’s the collectivity of the market and the way this information is portrayed,” Hadjipaschali explains. “Together with NAG, we’re going to work on this initiative in which social and competitive gamers, semi-professionals, esports athletes and casual gamers will understand the message in clear light on how to further whatever bravado they want to achieve.”

Entry to attend any of the talks is open for all visitors at rAge, so you just have to pitch up at stand 12, which is located on the main expo show floor.

For more information on the time schedule, what topics will be covered and who the speakers will be, you can go to the event page on Facebook here.

rAge is happening 5-7 October at the Ticketpro Dome in Joburg.

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