Between 6-8 December 2019, some of South Africa’s top Counter Strike:Global Offensive (CS:GO) players will represent SA on the international stage at DreamHack Delhi. The CS:GO squad from Goliath Gaming, a Multi-Gaming Organisation in South Africa, was identified as one of the best teams in the country and was subsequently invited by the organisers to represent the region. They will head to Delhi in the first week of December to compete for their share of the $55 000 prize pool.
The players who will be representing Goliath Gaming and South Africa at the CS:GO Invitational Tournament are:
- Rikus ‘ZIPZIP’ Klue, 23
- Aaron ‘SloWye’ Van Der Walt, 25
- Tyler ‘adaro’ Oliver, 20
- Dean ‘massacRe’ Davids, 18
- Wiljahne ‘mango’ Smith, 15
- Coach: Thulani ‘LighterTZ’ Sishi, 26
Dean ‘massacRe’ Davids, captain for the squad, is ecstatic for the opportunity and is looking forward to competing on the international stage. “When we got the news that we had been invited to compete at DreamHack Delhi, the atmosphere amongst the team was electric! As a gamer, being invited to an event like DreamHack with the opportunity to represent your region on the global stage is something incredible. We’re going to give it our best shot and hope to make those in SA proud,” says Davids.
Rikus ‘ZIPZIP’ Klue affirms that the squad has been working really hard with their coach, Thulani ‘LighterTZ’ Sishi, and have been putting in a lot of practice leading up to the tournament. “We know we’ll be up against some solid international teams and so we have been putting in the hours and focus that is necessary to be competitive at that level. We will be wrapping up our preparations with a week-long bootcamp before we depart to Delhi to ensure we are as prepared for the tournament as possible,” Klue adds.
Besides this being the first time these particular CS:GO players will compete on the global stage, for most of the team it will be their first time travelling overseas. “I myself have never been overseas and am really excited about it – I even have the added bonus of having my birthday on the day we leave! We’ll be travelling to Delhi with Emirates, who, as an airline, I’ve only heard amazing things about. It’s really so incredible to have this opportunity to see another part of the world – which we may not have had if not for gaming!” says Tyler ‘adaro’ Oliver.
In addition to the CS:GO Invitational, DreamHack will also play host to a LAN party and tournaments for Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros., Tekken 7 and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Attendees of the event will also be able to enjoy a collection of retro and table-top games with prizes awarded each day. Local streamers will also be invited to the event to stream from a dedicated area.
“Last year’s DreamHack hosted in Mumbai was historical as it was the first DreamHack festival ever to be held in Asia. India has a very strong gaming community, which we got to experience first-hand during last year’s event. This made DreamHack Delhi a natural next step in our effort in making the DreamHack experience the perfect culmination of the gaming year in India,” says Marcus Lindmark, Co-CEO of DreamHack.
Akshat Rathee, Founder and CEO of NODWIN Gaming added: “At its core, gaming is about friendships and stories. The bonds we make as friends with our common love for gaming. Nothing signifies that more than DreamHack and its two-decade journey. We at NODWIN Gaming and Viacom18 will put in all our effort to sculpt a DreamHack bigger and better than the last edition. There will be something for everyone at DreamHack Delhi. It’ll be fun, it’ll be a lot of fun.”
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