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Telkom hands R1m prize money to gaming champs

October 10th, 2016
In the biggest prize purse ever for gaming in South Africa, Bravado Gaming and White Rabbit Gaming conquered all.

After an intense weekend of playing the computer games Dota 2 (Defense pf the Ancients) and Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), two teams took the top prizes. Bravado Gaming, consistently the best team throughout the year, took the CS:GO title after beating CarboN eSports 2:0. The Dota 2 title went to White Rabbit Gaming after a tense standoff against Bravado Gaming. First placed teams for both CS:GO and Dota 2 took home R200 000 in prize money. Second place earned R90 000.

The finals of the Telkom Digital Gaming League Masters tournament took place at the rAge Expo in Johannesburg on 7, 8 and 9 October. Eight Multi Gaming Organisations (MGOs) took part, fielding different teams for the two games, competing for South Africa’s largest eSports cash prize pool in history – R1 million.

“Telkom is thrilled to be involved eSports,” says Jacqui O’Sullivan, Group Executive Communication and Brand Marketing for Telkom. “This weekend’s tournament has proven how its popularity is growing in South Africa. We are hoping this will only continue and the R1 million prize pool for the finals only shows our commitment to the industry and the sport,”

The prize pool breakdown is as follows:


  • First place: Bravado Gaming – R200 000
  • Second place: CarboN eSports – R90 000
  • Third Place: Damage Control – R50 000
  • Fourth Place: Flipsid3 Tactics – R40 000
  • Fifth and sixth: Aperture Gaming and White Rabbit Gaming – R35 000
  • Seventh and eighth: Veneration E-Sports and Xperts@Total.Chaos – R25 000

Dota 2

  • First place: White Rabbit Gaming – R200 000
  • Second place: Bravado Gaming – R90 000
  • Third Place: Aperture Gaming – R50 000
  • Fourth Place: CarboN eSports – R40 000
  • Fifth and sixth: Flipsid3 Tactics and Damage Control – R35 000
  • Seventh and eighth: Veneration E-Sports and Xperts@Total.Chaos – R25 000

The Digital Gaming Championship (DGC) also took place over the weekend, where 500 of the best competitors from the seven leagues have been invited to take part. The following teams and individuals secured titles during the DGC:

  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive: eN.Heat
  •  Dota 2: EXDEE Dota 2
  • League of Legends: Ventus Gaming
  • Battlefield 4: Pulse.Evolve
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 3 (PC): cbN-Carbon-COD
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 3 (PS4): eN. eN F34R
  • Hearthstone: Alan “gas” Gaskon

“We have been involved with gaming for over 10 years and we are committed to seeing the industry grow and develop,” O’Sullivan. “This is just the beginning of Telkom’s involvement in this space. The DGL will continue to evolve to offer more opportunities and packages for all gamers from casual to competitive.”

For more information on the MGOs competing at Masters level for 2016, visit:

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