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Title changes 2019
At VS Gaming, we pride ourselves in keeping up with the latest competitive titles in our online league. With that in mind, we’re happy to announce a few changes coming to the 2019 league season as we say goodbye to a few titles and welcome a few more.
We are introducing the following new titles and modes to the Telkom VS Gaming league in 2019:
- Artifact (PC)
- Call of Duty Black Ops 4 (Leagues on both PC and PS4 platforms)
- Quake Champions 2vs2
- Quake Champions Slipgate (4v4)
- FIFA 19
The following titles remain:
- Counter-Strike Global Offensive
- Dota 2
- Rocket League
- Quake Champions Duel (1vs1)
- League of Legends
Redistribution of prizes to aid community development
Players and teams will now be rewarded with prize money incentives throughout the year in both online and offline leagues and cups to further incentivise participants and reward their achievements. We believe this will be especially valuable to the gaming communities that are in their early development phase. Each season has been assigned a prize pool, which means that teams and players will be motivated to perform consistently well.
Changes to the VS Gaming Championships
Thanks to our partnership with Matrix Warehouse and the establishment of the VS Gaming High Performance Esport Centre, we are excited to announce that the Championships for each respective game will be held on its own separate weekend. In the past, the Championships for all titles were held over the same weekend, which limited the amount of attention we could direct to a single title at any given time. With this new development, VS Gaming will now elevate the quality and importance of each respective Championship event by giving each game our undivided attention and focus.
More opportunities created to qualify for the CS:GO and Dota 2 Masters event
We have listened carefully to the feedback received from the community and are pleased to announce that we have added multiple points to qualify for the 2019 Masters event. The first opportunity comes in the form of the VS Masters Online Qualifier. The second opportunity is the VS Masters JHB LAN Qualifier. The third opportunity is the VS Gaming Championships, and the final opportunity to qualify for the VS Masters event is the Premier Division in Leg 4. We are constantly exploring more LAN opportunities around the country to give players the opportunity to compete in their home towns. Once secured, these activations will utilise one of the VS Gaming Championship slots.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
League of Legends
The 2019 league will see the number of legs reduced to three, and the top teams at the end of each leg will receive prizes. We have added a playoff between each leg to accommodate promotion and relegation. After the third leg, the top 16 teams will compete at their Championship event held on 26 to 28 July 2019 at the VS Gaming High Performance Esport Centre.
Starting on 29 April and ending on 12 May 2019, VS Gaming will host an open online cup where teams will compete for prizes.
Similar to the 2018 league, Overwatch teams will compete in a division-based structure with prizes awarded after each of the three legs.
The Overwatch Championships will take place between 16 and 18 August 2019 at the VS Gaming High Performance Esport Centre in Gauteng.
In addition to the league, VS Gaming will also host two open online cups with impressive prize pools. The first will start on 25 February, and the second will begin on 13 May 2019.
We have completely overhauled the Rocket League by replacing the division structure with four Qualification Cups. Each of these cups will see contestants divide into Pro Cups and Amateur Cups. Teams who qualify for each respective Pro Cup will compete for prize money as well as a spot at the Rocket League Championships.
The Rocket League Championships has been expanded from 8 teams to 16 teams and will take place between 25 and 27 October 2019, held at the VS Gaming High Performance Esport Centre in Gauteng.
In addition to the qualification cups detailed above, VS Gaming is also hosting a standalone open cup with an impressive prize pool. This cup will take place between 27 May and 9 June 2019.
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 on PS4
The Call of Duty PS4 community can look forward to four open cups, each with their own respective prize pool. The top teams at the end of each cup will qualify for the COD Black Ops 4 Championships, which will be held at the VS Gaming High Performance Esport Centre from 4 to 6 October 2019.
In addition to the league, VS Gaming will also host a prized online cup starting on 3 July and finishing on 16 July 2019.
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 on PC
In our effort to revitalise the Call of Duty PC scene, VS Gaming will host two open cups where teams can compete for prizes. The first cup will begin on 4 February, and the second cup will begin on 27 May 2019.
We have completely overhauled the Quake Championship Leagues by replacing the division structure with four Qualification Cups. Each of these cups will see contestants divide into Pro Cups and Amateur Cups. Players who qualify for each respective Pro Cup will compete for prize money as well as a spot at the Quake Championships.
To further develop the Quake community, VS Gaming will also begin hosting Quake 2vs2 and Quake Slipgate Cups, all with prizes.
VS Gaming will host two cups for Artifact while we evaluate the new game title and its community’s needs. Artifact’s community is in its development phase, and VS Gaming aims to complement the community’s growth by hosting two prized cups, with the option to add more if there is demand. The first cup will begin in March, and the second cup will begin in July 2019.
Here at VS Gaming, we’re big fans of the Battlefield franchise, but we also understand that the newer titles often need a little bit more time to comply to minimum esports standards. As soon as Battlefield V reaches that point, VS Gaming will embrace the title by hosting two prized cups to get the community off the ground.
The following titles are no longer supported in 2019:
- Battlefield 4
- FIFA 18
We're changing our focus to Artifact as we see it as a title with a strong future and ties with Dota 2, which has long been one of South Africa’s most popular competitive titles.
Why Battlefield 4?
Battlefield 4 has been the staple competitive title for the past few years, and since more recent titles haven’t been as well received in the competitive community, we’ve decided to retire the title. We are keeping a keen eye on Battlefield 5 and will investigate adding it to the league once it becomes esports ready.
All dates, prizes, venues and details are subject to change at VS Gaming’s discretion.