A new and award-winning online gaming platform designed to give South African gamers and eSport athletes unprecedented power to organise their own tournaments is launching to the world’s top gaming experts.
Gaming Battle Ground (GBG) is one of only five new gaming platforms in the world, and the only South African one, to be pitched on stage at the prestigious EIG Expo Startup Launch Pad in Berlin, Germany, to an influential audience of global gaming industry experts, enthusiasts and investors alike.
The five competing gaming startups will be judged by a panel of respected industry experts, including panel chair Melissa Blau, Director of iGaming Capital and Jon Bradford, the ex-MD of Techstars.
The GBG platform allows players to earn rewards through competing in eight games including Starcraft 2, DOTA 2, League of Legends and CS:GO. Players pick their own dates and games to set tournaments in motion.
Not new to the competition space, GBG was the winning startup in a recent Croatian gaming startup accelerator programme, and its online platform www.https://www.gamingbattleground.co.za/ has been lauded by local gaming experts such as Gareth Woods, professional Dota2 player, Masters Series Champion Travis Waters and professional CS:GO player Trevor Morley.
Legitimising eSports in SA
Woods, who was one of the first people to test the platform, commented on why he reckoned GBG was good news for SA gamers and the local eSports scene: “I believe that for eSports to really become a self-sustained ecosystem there must be leagues and competitions for all skill levels. Whilst the big million rand tournaments (arranged mainly by large corporates) cater to the top teams, sites like GBG allow everyone to find an entry point into eSports and climb the ranks, with their ambitions being their only limit.”
It is the first platform of its kind – sporting its very own messaging platform, crypto-currency and national leaderboards – to empower the local gaming community to bring more amateur gamers into the professional leagues and ultimately help legitimise the growing eSports market in SA.
The platform allows gamers, brands and tournament organisers in SA to arrange their own tournaments, or find and join, or watch tournaments that earn competitors money, reward points or prizes. Players can earn points by participating as individuals or team players, and by inviting friends and setting up 5v5 teams. Once a game has been selected, GBG generates check-in reminders, creates brackets 10 minutes before each game starts, and pays winning participants directly after they complete a tournament.
“We’re very proud of the platform we are presenting to the gaming world today. Not only are we telling the gaming world that our local gaming community is taking control of the SA tournament scene, we are also positioning South Africa as a booming gaming market on the world stage. We are very excited about the future of competitive eSports in SA and we hope that platforms like GBG will take the local scene to the next level,” South African founder Greg Hamilton Stevens said from Germany today.
The tech entrepreneur and avid gamer spent more than a decade working in the gaming startup scene in the US including Silicon Valley and recently returned to SA to focus on GBG after spending the past two years developing the platform with his Croatian business partner and a team of developers.
The EIG Expo, on from 18-20 October in Berlin, is widely regarded as the most authoritative gaming expo in the world and attracts delegates from more than 80 countries. Winners of the startup competition will be announced later this week.