The Orlando Pirates eSports team took Monte Casino by storm over the weekend, as they came out in full-force to participate in the VS Gaming Cup, held on the 5 and 6 May 2018.
The tournament saw 1 024 players split equally between PlayStation and XBox consoles, with the winners selected to represent South Africa at the Global Series Playoffs in August 2018, while also competing for the R1.5 million prize pool.
The number of competitors made this VS Gaming FIFA 2018 tournament the largest FIFA gaming tournament on the continent, which saw all the Bucs gamers finishing in the Top 16 within their various console disciplines.
Saturday, 5 May 2018
Top 16: Kyle Turnbull, Sattar Hoosein
Quarter Finals: Mohamed Diop, Zaidy Patel
Semi Final: Shuaib Hassen
Final: Abu Akhalwaya (lost v Grand Final winner)
Sunday, 6 May 2018
Top 16: Weiming Chan
Quarter Finals: Tebogo Mathopa
Final: Mohammed Faiz, Zuhair Ebrahim (Winner)
Winners of both days then qualified for the Grand Finals, which also featured a 3rd and 4th place playoff. Three out of our 10 players made it into the Grand Finals, which featured five other players across the two consoles. The defending champion, Zuhair Ebrahim was also in the mix, looking to make it two-in-a-row on the PS4.
Fourth place: Mohammed Faiz (R30 000 prize)
Second place: Zuhair Ebrahim (R150 000 prize)
Third place: Abu Akhalwaya (R75 000 prize)
A successful weekend for the Pirates eSports gamers, taking 20% of the prize money, a combined total of R285 000 over the weekend.