The Namibian Electronic Sports Association (NESA) conducted a spectacular event on 31 August 2019 at the Thule Hotel in Windhoek. Event organisers and athletes gathered to proudly present the 2019 National Team Finals for the game titles Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and Defence of the Ancients 2 (DotA2). The selected National teams will have to represent Namibia in upcoming international test matches. This year’s DotA2 team also stand a chance to possibly participate in the International Esports Federation’s (IESF’s) World Championship which will be hosted in Seoul, South Korea, in December 2019.
This Final competition presented the top performing athletes from the National Qualifiers for these games that were hosted online from 12 July to 18 August 2019. The Final saw 20 dedicated, motivated and focused electronic sport athletes from across the country come together to compete for the respective Namibian Team positions. Supporters were thrilled and welcomed by NESA’s Vice President, Flip De Bruyn, as the event kicked off early on this Saturday morning.
With a minimum of three matches for each game title, players were rotated and had a fair chance for showcasing their skills. The Selection Committee had some tough decisions to make as every athlete was on top form and precision. As the event approached the end, athletes showed nerves of steel as the team selections were announced.
CS:GO 2019 National Team:
Talon “Shackles” Izaks (Voted Athlete of the Tournament by the Selection Committee and athletes);
André “Chappie” Nel;
Tristan “Kami” Meyer;
Hermann “Kazziii” Koch; and
Illario “NoWher3” Izaks.
DotA2 2019 National Team:
Franlo “FreyTiX” Meyer (Voted Athlete of the Tournament by Selection Committee and players);
Mauro “PoRRa07” Teles;
Du Bois “JokerLouw” Louw;
Jaco “Deoc” Coetzer; and
Logan “Braaienator” Garces.
This event was made possible by the support from Future CC and DB Space. NESA looks forward to these teams competing in international matches and request any assistances possible towards securing more opportunities for Namibian esports athletes. For more information on sponsorships and donations, contact us on email@example.com
NESA also intended to host the very first Female Tekken7 Tournament on 31 August 2019, regrettably this competition was cancelled due to the lack of interest. No further esports Female Tournaments will be hosted for 2019, however, NESA will pursue Namibian female athletes again next year.