Kenyan Youth To Have A Hand In Virtual Gaming Competition In New BLAZE Addition

Safaricom now has an addition to its mentorship and empowerment platform BLAZE for youth looking to pursue gaming as a career. e-sports tournament targets both casual and avid gamers across the country.
According to Safaricom CEO, Michael Joseph, the move by the telco company to establish e-sports tournament has been motivated by the rising economic empowerment of the youth through talents and skills like gaming across the world.

In partnership with Pro Series Gaming (PSG) and Standard Group, the e sports tournament will consist of FIFA 19 and Tekken 7 knockouts running on Play Station 4. This will be broken down into 10 grassroots knockouts and 5 regional finals and 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.

Gathoni Kuria
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