Since 2008, the DGL has been involved in gaming.
DGL is nothing more than a marketing arm of TELKOM.
Thus the overall ambition for TELKOM will always be different for what gamers really need.
Yes, the have 4,100 gamers in their leagues,
Yes, they give out prize money at the annual rAge,
Yes, gamers can play for free, and
Yes, they have all the glitz and glamour,,,,,
So, you ask, how can you claim that the DGL is not helping gaming?
The answer is a long one, so, let me begin.....
Number of gamers:
The number of 4,100 may seem to be a lot, but when you consider that over 60,000 people use the MWEB server on a monthly basis, you realise that it is not really that much, If the amount of 4,100 because of a difficult registration system and the requirement to pay fees, you could easily understand why it would be such a small fraction of the numbers that use the MWEB servers.
But, instead the DGL are offering FREE leagues. There is no payment of fees, there is an easy 'registration' system. From what I know, the registration system does not even require the approval of the parents in the case of minors.
Surely there should be a lot more gamers involved?
Not only that, but to what are the gamers registering?
The registration does not come with any rights. All it is is a registering to play in a championship, Since the DGL is owned entirely by TELKOM, no rights van be given to any gamer.
Prizes (in cash and kind):
The DGL always makes a big fuss about the prize money that they give. However it is never consistent and it never seems to have any greater vision or objective in mind.
For example, the amounts given are:
Of course it must be remembered that the prizes are not just cash. Often the prizes take the form of hardware. The hardware is all very well, but ofter gamers already have better, and the hardware does not fill stomachs, pay the rent, or help a team get overseas.
Not only that, but a game that receives prizes in one year, may not receive prizes in the next.
But why is that?
The reason is simple. The prizes form part of the promotion of a game. There is no vision of pushing a title to improve the standard to get a team overseas - it seems to be all about sales!
But seriously, who has TELKOM helped to further gaming by getting them overseas.
Another point is, the prizes are all goods and well for the top teams, but what about the rest> How do the prizes encourage more gamers to become involved?
Simply put, it doesn't......
From the above you will see that the DGL does very little for gamers.
There will no doubt be many who feel inflamed by this blog, but this is my opinion....
Read it, think about it, and you know that it is true....