The Telkom DGL now hosts 15 leagues across 11 titles, with more than 4,000 entrants, making it South Africa’s largest online gaming league. The league remains free to participants through Telkom’s continued support of the local gaming community.
Ricus Groenewald, Telkom Gaming Specialist, said the league has grown by 66 percent on the back of a very successful Telkom DGL 2012 Championships.
“Around 600 gamers qualified for last year’s Championships, making it the largest competitive LAN held in South Africa’s gaming history, which saw over half a million rand in cash and prizes given away,” said Groenewald.
In 2013 the DGL has added titles such as DotA 2, League of Legends, Quake LIVE, Counter-Strike: GO, and expansions to its 2011 titles such as Starcraft 2 and FIFA. “This year, Dota 2 become the largest title in Telkom DGL history with 116 teams,” Groenewald said.
The league caters for gamers at different skill levels: “While the best gamers in the country will battle it out in the premier divisions of the DGL, games like Dota 2 and Black Ops 2 have over 100 teams, which will be split into several divisions, allowing gamers to compete against other gamers of a similar skill level,” said Groenewald.
The DGL demands high standards and teams are well organised, with clans often having several teams across different titles. Teams have captains, vice captains and managers along with reserves, should one member of the team not being able to play in a match. Scores are logged on the Telkom DGL website.
“The gaming community is a close knit group of people, built around a common passion and we’re excited about supporting gaming as it becomes increasingly popular in South Africa culture,” Groenewald said.