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ZAG Academy program bears fruit!

Over the past weekend the MSSA hosted their 36th Gauteng Provincial Championships. Among those in attendance were ZAGA and Helpmekaar Kollege.

In the 3rd term of 2017 ZAG Academy started their pilot program at Helpmekaar Kollege. Over the weekend this program started to bear fruit. Helpmekaar entered a team for both League of Legends and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Both teams qualified to attend national team trials in June of this year. All members of Team Rising Sons earned their Gauteng Provincial Colours in CS:GO for winning all their matches.

ZAG Academy created ZAGA last year to provide it’s players with the opportunity of competing in MSSA events and by doing so possibly earn their provincial or national colours. This of course is extremely beneficial to athletes, as it opens the doors to bursaries and international competition. Aiden Smale competed in Starcraft 2 for ZAGA over the weekend and earned his Gauteng Provincial Colours.

Here are some of our results:

Helpmekaar …

What is ZAG Academy?

At ZAG Academy we turn normal gamers into athletes. Our aim is to grow esport in South Africa at grassroots level and carry that growth over to the senior level competitive gaming. 
ZAG Academy was founded in June of 2017. The concept for ZAG Academy was built upon the 2 founders realisation - while attending international events - that South African esport is trailing behind in development compared to other countries. Whilst South African esport is currently ranked 12th overall in the world we realised that it is still almost impossible to earn a living from esport in our country. Overseas professional esport clubs provide their players with gaming houses where coaches, players and even gym trainers all reside to form a part of their program. In South Africa we still have some way to go before we reach their level.
We soon realised that if we really wanted to grow the industry we would have to come up with a sound business strategy to meet our goals. During this time, we looked at al…