Telkom Do Gaming’s LAN Championships – the DGL 2012 Championships – will be taking place in the VIP section at the rAge expo from 5 to 7 October. The event is expected to be the largest competitive LAN ever in South Africa with the largest prize pool in local gaming to date with around 560 gamers from Telkom’s online Do Gaming League (DGL) battling it out for a share of over half a million Rand in cash and prizes. The prizes include Alienware X51 rigs, cash and a year’s supply of Monster Energy Drinks.
Ricus Groenewald, Telkom Specialist Gaming, says the LAN Championships are the culmination of the DGL (http://www.dogamingleague.co.za) where over 2500 of South Africa’s top gamers have competed online through the year in games including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Call of Duty 4, Starcraft 2, FIFA 12, Gran Turismo 5 and Forza 4.
“The Championships are in its fifth year and collective prizes over these five years pass the R1 million rand mark, with R290 000 in cash as well as over R250 000 in hardware prizes due to be given away to gamers at this year's Championships,” he says.
Groenewald says the DGL has grown by 106 percent this year and has seen some major sponsorships for the League and LAN championships from the likes of Electronic Arts, Incredible Connection, Logitech, Megarom and Monster Energy Drinks who have all contributed to the overall prize pool.
In addition, Alienware will be sponsoring Alienware X51 gaming rigs to the winners of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, StarCraft 2 and Call of Duty 4 Championships as well as three X51 Rigs for gamers who report on the DGL at the Do Gaming Community Blog (http://www.dogamingblog.co.za).
Groenewald says the DGL Championships are a testament to the size of the gaming industry which is the largest entertainment industry in this country, larger than the movie and music industry, posting an annual turnover of around R1.7 billion in 2011.
The breakdown of teams for the DGL 2012 Championships is as follows:
Battlefield 3 sponsored by EA, Gaming Inc and Alienware: 16 teams Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sponsored by Monster Energy, Megarom and Alienware: 32 teams Call of Duty 4 sponsored by Telkom and Alienware: 24 teams StarCraft 2 sponsored byAlienware and Logitech: 32 players FIFA 12 Xbox 360 sponsored by Telkom: 32 players FIFA 12 PS3 Sponsored by Telkom: 32 Players Gran Turismo 5 sponsored by Telkom: 10 Players
Groenewald says Telkom will lay down a dedicated Fibre Optic line for the Do Gaming Championships to ensure that Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Starcraft 2 and Gran Turismo 5 events are played with the lowest pings possible.