Bravado Gaming is considered the best competitive gaming organisation in South Africa, with teams competing in CS:GO, Call of Duty, and Dota 2.
The organisation has taken top honours at multiple prestigious tournaments, including first place for CS:GO and second place for Dota 2 at the R1-million Telkom Digital Gaming League Masters tournament at rAge 2016.
Bravado also won the VS Gaming Masters Cup 2017 in July.
Big corporates including Dell and Intel are partners of Bravado, helping its players and employees treat eSports as a serious profession.
Bravado is headed up by CEO Andreas Hadjipaschali, who provided MyBroadband with insight into who makes up the organisation.
Players and coaches
Bravado Gaming currently competes across three divisions:
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- Dota 2
- Call of Duty
The CS:GO and Dota 2 teams each have five players and their own coach, while the Call of Duty team has five players – one of whom doubles as the team’s coach.
Bravado also has four people who work in management and the commercial side of the business, and further employs freelancers and full-time staff for content and production.
“In total, the Bravado Gaming organisation consists of around 26 individuals,” said Hadjipaschali.
Taking these people and making sure they work to stay at the top requires a combination of culture, determination, and dedication, he said.
“It’s important that there is a good synergy between management and players. At the same time, it’s very important that the personal and professional aspect of what we’re out to achieve is clearly understood. We’re always looking at growing from strength to strength on a daily basis, whether it be as Bravado as a whole or players individually,” said Hadjipaschali.
“From a player’s perspective, before any player joins Bravado, it’s important to understand a ton of requirements – such as the attitude, dedication, and determination of a player.”
“We always set our initiatives and foundations based on long-term rather than short-term, and it’s very important the player understands what he wants – so that we can simultaneously work on the same objective.”
Hadjipaschali said players are required to get along with each other and have a mutual goal, while at the same time meeting the goals of Bravado Gaming.
Getting too old
One of the common beliefs in professional gaming is that once a player gets closer to his thirties, his time is running out as an eSports athlete.
Hadjipaschali, however, said this is not always the case.
“We can clearly see that from individuals who are still playing professionally overseas. One example being Virtus Pro, which fields players over the age of 30 and maintain themselves as one of the best CS:GO teams in the world,” he said.
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