EHS gamers rule online competition

The EHS E-Sports team of Nathan Greyling, Rhenier Kloppers, Morné van Eyk, Dewald Walkinshaw and (front) captain Andries Kloppers have won 12 out of 14 games so far this year PHOTO: Richard Springorum

EMPANGENI High School learners and best mates, Nathan Greyling, Morné van Eyk, Andries Kloppers, Rhenier Kloppers and Dewald Walkinshaw, co-founded the Gaming Club at their school with IT educator Francois Cronje earlier this year, with the approval of Principal Zelma Matthee.

The club was put on probation before being recognised and made an official sport at the school.

‘We were told we could represent the school in the current competition we playing in and after doing so well, the school approved E-Games as a sport,’ said Walkinshaw.

There are currently 23 members in the club competing in five categories online, namely CS:GO, League of Legends, Fifa 2017, Vain Glory and Street Fighter.

The team, captained by Andries Kloppers, is currently competing against 19 other teams from all over the country in the National Online Championships hosted by Mind Sports South Africa in Counterstrike Global Offensive.

The team of five play a match every Friday afternoon at the school.

Cronje sends a message to the opposing team and they link up and compete against each other.

The boys have won 12 out of 14 matches, with their last victory coming on Friday against Protea Heights from Cape Town.

A match can take up to 90 minutes or until one side has reached the main objective.

The sport is costly, as computer hardware and equipment does not come cheap.

The team’s aim is to win their league and get invited to the SA championships next year.

The boys link up in their spare time and play against each other to hone their skills.


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Richard Springorum
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