Namibians leave mark in South Korea


WINDHOEK, Nov. 29 – Namibia’s Tekken 7 National champion, Freddy Mazila, and NESA representative, Flip de Bruyn, returned from South Korea, where they made history as the first Namibians ever to attend the e-Sports World Championships.

This competition marked the 9th World Championship hosted for e-Sports in the city of Busan, which was attended by the finest gamers from across the globe. Speaking of his experience, Mazila couldn’t hide his admiration.

“It was amazing, the words to be used now is but a fraction of how beautiful and rich Korea is, not a day went by without me contemplating if it was a dream or reality, I literally stopped and admired every single thing,” he said.

The competition was held under the auspices of the International Electronic Sports Federation (IeSF) with whom the Namibian Electronic Sports Association (NESA) has been working together for the past 6 years to grow e-Sports. Over 300 delegates, from 30 countries attended the competition, in three game titles, namely: League of Legends (LoL), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and Tekken7.

Namibia’s debut at the competition was been described as a milestone and momentous occasion which marks a new dawn for eSports in Namibia.

Namibia’s presence on the global stage was a result of the fearless work of NESA. NESA is the governing and representative body for gaming as a sport in Namibia and has been registered with the Namibia Sports Commission since 2010.

NESA has made great strides in the development of this new sport code as National titles and international opportunities continue to expand and flourish each year. NESA has seen some great new developments during 2017 as Namibia secured it’s very first win against South Africa in a FIFA17 international test match that took place on 29 July 2017 at SterKinekor, Maerua Mall.

Upon enquiry on what the experience has taught him, Mazila said he learned important tactics and although seeming simple, he learned the importance of staying calm. “I went there thinking that I can do this and nothing can stop me, but when I got there I realised that the other players are on another level. I expected to make quick work of each match but discovered, and was advised by the other players, to learn patience in my games to better look for opportunities and secure a win”, Mazila said. – Jonsey Douglas