Telkom announced that it will be putting up a million rands worth of prize money for its new DGL League in 2016.

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Telkom plans to grow e-sports in South Africa substantially over the next year. Participants in the new Master DGL League will stand a chance to compete for the massive prize. This year there are 8 teams that will compete for the crown.

Telkom plans to improve network activity by enhancing servers, and providing new software for the Do Gaming League. Telkom plans to grow the league numbers from 6,000 to 100,000 over the next few years, and the reboot of the DGL league is the first step in doing so.

DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, will be the games that the competition revolves around and the prize money will be split amongst the two of them.Enzo Scarcella, Telkom’s chief marketing officer explains:

The Masters programme will become the pinnacle of eSports in South Africa where eight MGOs will compete for R1 million in cash, the largest prize pool in South African eSports history. At the same time, the DGL will develop the local eSports to bring in new gamers through casual gaming competitions, improved spectator access and increased awareness.

With the new league, Telkom will enable the entire gaming experience through a three tier offering, providing high speed connectivity and local servers for gamers to play on. The new DGL league software will be provided to enable more participants across all three tiers.

  • Casual gaming competitions: including schools and corporate casual leagues, with the open division open to all;
  • The DGL league: for the best gamers in the country  which people can qualify for through the open division, with promotion and relegation through different divisions from April to October;
  • The DGL Masters programme: where South Africa’s top eight MGOs are invited to compete online from April to October and in two regional LAN competitions. The final is planned for October 2016.

The 8 clans competing are in the 2016 Telkom Do Gaming League Masters are:

  • Aperture Gaming
  • Bravado Gaming
  • Carbon Esports
  • Damage Control
  • Infinity Gaming
  • Veneration Esports
  • White Rabbit E-sports
  • Xperts@Total.Chaos