|SAHETI's CounterStrike team - the School Online Champions.|
Growth of esports as a sport is utterly dependant on participation at school level as the schools not only to create a 'breeding ground' for gamers, but also a greater popular base.
- Becoming an active 'athlete'
- Instilling an ethos of 'fair play'
- Becoming a volunteer
- Becoming a supporter of a team/individual
Schools too provide sponsors with fantastic opportunities as the schools are the true MGO's (Multi Gaming Organisation) in South Africa. With the large base of gamers at school, schools can field multiple teams in practically all games played at competition level.
Not only do the schools have multiple teams, but the schools have a deeper reach. The 'reach' extends not only to the current learners, but to their parents as well as to the 'old boys' as well. To see the pride displayed by almost every member of the Old Edwardian Society of the fact that the School has the current national champion is most heart-warming.
The 'reach' of a school thus runs into the tens of thousands.
It is this challenge that will further improve the competitive level of South African gaming.