NESA to select national players

The Namibia Electronic Sports Association (NESA) is to select two players on 1 July at the finals of Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) PS4 tournament, Treasurer of NESA, Salome de Bruyn revealed.

“The two events that already took place were only the qualifiers from which we select 16 players to participate in the finals. In Qualifier One, there were eight participants and Qualifier Two there were 12 participants,” de Bruyn said. She added that last week competitions were to select players that will compete against each other in the finals to represent in the country.

According to de Bruyn, international friendly competitions will only be arranged after the two players have been selected “We are also waiting on some international competition organisers to announce what gaming titles they have selected to know whether our players will be taking part in these competitions. The organisation that host international competitions and with whom NESA is affiliated are international e – sports federations and World Cyber Arena (WCA),” she said.

She further noted that only Namibian citizens will go through to the finals and be eligible for national colours. The Villager understands that in Qualifier One, John Walenga scooped the first place and the runner-up is Tuamona Uaandja and the 3rd place winner is Conrad Nampolo.

In the result for Qualifier Two, John Walenga again scooping the first place; Anthony Wilson was Second and Ricky Tjiueza third in the tournament that was held over the weekend. Cash prizes were up for grabs as 1st place winner received an amount N$800 second place winner N$500 and third place winner received N$ 200 respectively.

Last year NESA awarded the very first National colors in the FIFA national colors in the FIFA national tournament to Ricky Tjiueza and John Walenga respectively. The Villager understands that NESA was founded in 2010 founded founded in 2010 and it organized various E-Sports leagues and the Namibian National E-Sports team. In 2012 it was closed due to lack of community interest and participation.

It was re-opened in 2013 after a new board was created containing a mixture of old board- and community members, The Villager learnt. Some of the primary objects of NESA to promoting and marketing of e-Sports to the public, corporate and government sectors; development, training and funding of e-Sport as well as participation in regional, national and international events and tournaments.

The Villager understand that after the establishment of the first local e-Sport national team, Desert Sidewinders, where Namibia took on South Africa’s Protea in an online test match at Defence of the Ancient Two (Dota2), NESA has been hopeful of gradual growth which it hopes will lead to more competitive matches with opponents in Europe and America. However e-Sport is a wide trend originating from the 1980s.

Casual gaming competitions and events have taken place in Namibia before NESA establishment which contributed towards the recognition of e-Sports in Namibia and Namibia has been hosting its biggest gaming competition, NAMLAN –LAN since 1980, The Villager learnt.