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NESA to host biggest annual competition

by   Rodney Pienaar

Namibia Electronic Sports Association (NESA) will be hosting the annual eSports competition for local players next week from the 30th of November to the 3rd of December. 

The association will also be celebrating a decade of gaming and this three-day live event offers gamers a chance to outplay and out-think Namibia’s best LAN players for their share of amazing prizes and giveaways, Public Relations Officer of NESA, Timo Lippert, said. 

“Namibians have been enjoying this experience since 2008 when the very first NamLAN was hosted in Windhoek and has become a staple on the Namibian e-Sports calendar ever since. With our exciting new sponsors on board and it being the 10th year celebration of the country’s finest gaming event, NESA promises to make this one truly memorable,” he said. 

He added that this one of a kind gaming extravaganza will see players bringing their PC gaming rigs (of which PS4 will be provided at the venue) to compete in Counter Strike; Global Offensive; League of Legends; FIFA17; Tekken 7; Assetto Corsa for racing fanatics; as well as a Magic the Gathering card-game tournament. 

An entry fee of N$300 will enable participants to compete for their fair share of fun and giveaways while competition winners will earn their glory and stake of the prize-pool. 

Lippert said the astounding success and growth of the event has directly affected the founding of NESA as the governing body of eSports in Namibia and is well know for its great prizes made possible by the event sponsors each year.

This year’s NamLAN is made possible by the dedicated sponsorship support from Monster Energy, Vander Designs; Radio Energy; Cash Converters; Future CC; WestcoSoft and KIA Motors. 

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. 

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.