Gamers gather in Kuils River

The FIFA 17 winners, who beat 78 other competitors, are, from left, Mansoom Fakie, who won gold, Brandon Bowers, who won silver and Hassan Sheikh, who won bronze. Mansoom will now play in Qatar and if he wins there, he will go on to play in Cardiff.

The City held its first eSports event on Saturday and Sunday June 24 and 25, at the Sarepta Sports and Recreation Centre.

JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security; and social services, said: “Our aim was to take gaming into the communities to get young people excited about competitive gaming.

“The City is already doing roll-outs at some community centres and recreation hubs and more console gaming equipment has just been bought.”

Mr Smith said that over the next five years the City wanted to develop more Cape Town gamers to be able to compete nationally and internationally in the various eSport leagues, “where eSports stars can now win serious prize money and open doors to new careers”.

“We believe that we can over a period of time make the City of Cape Town the eSports gaming capital of Africa,” Mr Smith said.

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