Last year, Telkom pulled off South Africa's first R1 million eSports tournament, and this year they're increasing the cash prize pool to R1.5 million, as well as extending the Masters to console.
White Rabbit Gaming pulled off an unexpected win in Dota 2 last year and bagged R200 000, while Bravado Gaming took the crown as the CS: GO champions. Bravado recently announced that they wouldn't compete in this year's Masters series because of a conflict with their schedule. For 2017 their focus will be on competing on the international stage, and they're hoping to get a shot at the Masters with a Wildcard entry.
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One thing is certain, 2017's Telkom Masters is going to be very exciting, and I'm especially exciting about console players joining the tournament.
"After tremendous feedback, we’ve decided to reach out to the console
community and take the Masters to the next level with FIFA 17! The two
FIFA tournaments will have a combined prize pool of R120,000," explains Telkom Gaming. "The tournament is open to all FIFA players in South Africa who will
be able to attend either-of-two planned Masters events for the year and
compete in-front of a live audience for the mantle of Masters champion."
2017 Telkom Masters
- Total tournament cash pool: R1.5 million
- Competitor restriction for CS: GO & Dota 2: SA's top 10 MGOs by invite only
- CS: GO finals prize pool: R550 000
- CS: GO Cup: R110 000
- Dota 2 finals prize pool: R550 000
- Dota 2 Cup: R110 000
- Two FIFA 17 console tournaments: R120 000 (combined pool)
- Competitor restriction FIFA 17: Open to all console players
Below is a video of White Rabbit Gaming taking on Veneration in 2016's Masters for Dota 2, courtesy of DGL YouTube.
Source: Telkom Gaming
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