Blaze By Safaricom Launches E-Sports Tournament, Enters $26M Industry

Blaze By Safaricom Launches E-Sports Tournament, Enters $26M Industry

Blaze by Safaricom has today launched an e-sports tournament in partnership with Pro Series Gaming (PSG) and Standard Group, for youth aged between 18 and 26 who are looking at gaming as a career choice.

The tournament is a new addition to the BLAZE Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) empowerment and mentorship platform and targets both casual and avid gamers across the country.

Blaze By Safaricom Launches E-Sports Tournament, Enters $26M Industry
Safaricom Senior Manager Youth Segment Angela Githuthu (Left), Battle it out in a combat play station game with Blaze mentor and professional gamer Brian Diang’a

The e-sports tournament will consist of FIFA 19 and Tekken 7 knockouts running on Play Station 4 and will be broken down into 10 grassroots knockouts and 5 regional finals. At least 64 players will enter at each knockout round, which will happen the week of every BLAZE BYOB Summit.

The regional finals will happen at the regional creation camps where champions from the knockouts will battle it out for the regional title and prize money.

A total of KES 100,000 is up for grabs in each region with winners taking home KES 50,000 second position KES 30,000 and third position KES 20,000.

In addition to the tournament, the gaming session will have gaming mentors such as Brian Diang’a alias Beast, who will speak on their journey to becoming professional gamers and share knowledge and opportunities in the gaming world. They will also advice aspiring gamers on what they need to do to be part of the eSports movement.

The partnership between BLAZE and Pro Series Gaming will see PSG manage the running of the tournament, while Standard Group comes on board as the tournament’s official media partner.

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