Tuesday 13 April 2021
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Electronic sports can create jobs-De Bruyn

The Namibia Electronic Sports Association (NESA), Vice President, Flip de Bruyn says that eSports is a viable job creation tool that can help alleviate the scourge of poverty in Namibia.
De Bruyn believes that eSports is an enormous ecosystem which employs doctors, dieticians, media personalities, psychiatrists, accountants, coaches, managers, trainers and many other professions.
He added that professional gamers in Asian and European countries are granted scholarships through eSports to further their study, stating that eSports became a completely new career path and job opportunity to those who are playing it on the higher level.
This weekend will see Namibian gamers meet up at its annual biggest gaming event.
Scheduled to take place from Thursday, 29 November to 02 December at the University of Namibia (UNAM) Gym Hall, “NESA invites all Namibian both professional and amateur gamers to participate at this year’s NamLAN – LAN of the Brave event.
Gamers will have the chance to prove their skills by competing against some of the best Namibia has to offer and stand a chance to win cash prizes’, De Bruyn said.
The tournament consists of various games titles namely, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Tekken 7, Assetto Corsa and the well-known game, FIFA 18. De Bruyn revealed that this annual event is a highlight for many Namibian gamers as it gives them the chance to meet other eSports enthusiasts in a fun and competitive environment made possible by NESA.
N$300.00 registration fee is required to participate in all games and registration can either be done online before the event or at the venue on 29 November.
All Namibian gamers are invited to become members of NESA so they can partake in various tournaments which NESA organises every year and being a member, it maximise athletes chances to be selected to so they can represent their country at the world Championship which takes place in November every year. The members are required to pay N$ 250 per year.
De Bruyn said that NAMLAN’s events provide a platform to the athletes to compete with professional gamers from Angola, Ghana and South Africa.
The NESA’s Vice President added that athletes are also granted any opportunity to play test matches against Ghana, Egypt and Israel’s best gamers which is a good competition in a player’s development.
He bemoaned many Namibian parents and teachers think that eSports gaming is an excuse to make their children seat on the couches and doing nothing, but it is basically a sport where children from Asia, America and Europe are making good money, De Bruyn added.
“We need to change the heart and mind of the Namibian parents and teachers’ misconceptions about eSports.
We need to destroy the image of seeing eSports as casual gaming and introduce professionalism among these children”, he outlined. De Bruyn told The Patriot sport that the games is open to everyone who want to compete professionally and NESA have different athletes from a different background and it is a good competition for those people who want to be top gamers.
Every year, NESA organise qualifiers for six months where they select five athletes from each games titles and the top two players in each category goes to represent Namibia at the world championship.
He said that eSports requires only internet, “we are living in a digital age”.
He said that NESA in collaboration with Namibian Private Schools Organisation (NPSO) have identified five schools to compete in eSports, adding that they will meet next week to know which schools NPSO has identified, adding there are two schools from the Erongo region, Khomas and another region which is unknown at the moment.
De Bruyn further stated that NESA is tasked with creating a sustainable ecosystem for eSports in Namibia, where exceptionally talented people can find the support and structure they need to pursue their aspirations and professionalism in the sporting industry.
De Bruyn added that NESA want to change the image of casual gaming in the mind of parents and teachers who are thinking that eSports is a just games where a child sitting on the couch and play a game, adding they want to introduce them to the professional games which can provide mountain of opportunities that can provide hundreds of jobs too many Namibians. “We have lot of athletes from a different background and participating international help players to better their gaming skills.
De Bruyn revealed that eSports viewership have overtaken traditional sports’ viewership with 90 percent, saying it indicates rapid growth of the sporting industry.
On the Global eSports summit in Kahsiung, Taiwan this year, the summit has identified eSports as a main sport which can play a big role in employment creation.
De Bruyn stated that after this weekend’s event, NESA will again organise a test match in a League of Legends against Sri Lanka which will be played via internet.

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