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eSports national champion returns home   …after leaving a mark in South Korea

29/11/2017
by   Rodney Pienaar
Sports

 

Namibia’s Tekken 7 National champion, Freddy Mazila, and NESA representative, Flip de Bruyn, has just returned from South Korea, where they made history as the first Namibians ever to attend the e-Sports World Championships. 

This competition marked the 9th World Championship hosted for e-Sports in the city of Busan, which was attended by the finest athletes from across the globe. 

Speaking of his experience, Mazila couldn’t hide his exciteent, “It was amazing, the words to be used now is but a fraction of how beautiful and rich Korea is, not a day went by without me contemplating if it was a dream or reality, I literally stopped and admired every single thing,” he said.

 The competition was held under the auspices of the International Electronic Sports Federation (IeSF) with whom the Namibian Electronic Sports Association (NESA) has been working together for the past 6 years to grow e-Sports. 

Over 300 delegates, from 30 countries attended the competition, in three game titles, namely League of Legends; Counter-Strike; Global Offensive and Tekken7.

NESA has made great strides in the development of this new sport code as National titles and international opportunities continue to expand and flourish each year. 

NESA has seen some great new developments during 2017 as Namibia secured it’s very first win against South Africa in a FIFA17 international test match that took place on 29 July 2017 at SterKinekor, Maerua Mall. 

Upon enquiry on what the experience has taught him, Mazila said he learned important tactics and although seeming simple, he learned the importance of staying calm.

“I went there thinking that I can do this and nothing can stop me, but when I got there I realised that the other players are on another level. I expected to make quick work of each match but i was advised by the other players, to learn patience in my games to better look for opportunities and secure a win”, Mazila said. 

NESA has been a member of the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) since 2011 and was the 3rd country from Africa to obtain membership after South Africa and Egypt. e-Sports, especially Tekken 7, has been growing in leaps and bounds in Namibia with more and more people showing interest ready to take their gaming to the next level. 

NESA will be hosting nationals for the IeSF World Championship in 2018 again, however game titles will still be confirmed