The Orena Champions Series (OCS), one of the country’s richest esports tournaments, has kicked off - and will see South Africa’s best gamers competing for a share of over R1.7 million in cash, this September.
OCS competitors participate across two divisions: the Champions Division and the Premier Division. The OCS Champions Division consists of 16 pre-invited teams (8 for CS:GO and 8 for DOTA2), who will play in a 14-week Online Double Round Robin league, which will provide seedings for the LAN Championships, which will be contested in front of hundreds of fans at the Nu Metro Arena at Emperors Palace in the East of Johannesburg from 21-24 September and 28 September - 1 October. The DOTA2 section will run from 21-24 September, with CS:GO running 28 September – 1 October. The total prize pot for the final is R1.4 million – divided evenly between DOTA2 and CS:GO, with the winning team in each category taking home R300 000 cash. The Online leg of OCS kicks off on 5 June, with details available at champions.orena.com.
Spectators will be able to purchase tickets to watch games throughout the online season, as well as for the LAN Finals at Emperors Palace in September and October. Different ticket options, including season tickets and VIP passes will be made available, via champions.orena.com.
MSI are Orena’s official hardware partners and will be supplying all the computers for Orena LAN events, activations and Orena Champions Series Finals.
The OCS Premier Division will be open to all teams (except the 16 Champion Division Teams) and will run from 5 June - 17 September. The division will be run via the Orena ladder system on www.orena.com and will feature a R50 000 prize pool for CS:GO and DOTA2 respectively, shared between the teams finishing from 1st to 3rd place. The top 2 placing teams in the OCS Premier Division will also gain a playoff spot in which they will play against the bottom two teams from the OCS Champions Division after the season ends, at the Nu Metro Arena at Emperors Palace in late October and early November. If the qualifying OCS Premier Division teams manage to beat the bottom two OCS Champions Division teams in the playoff, they win the defeated teams’ places in the OCS Champions Division for the 2018 season. Registration for the OCS Premier Division competition is also available via champions.orena.com.
At OCS, gaming fans will be able to enjoy an unprecedented esports experience in a world-class setting, enjoy a dedicated fan zone with refreshments powered by Red Bull, grab some team merchandise in the official Orena store in the expo area, show their support for their chosen squad and meet their favourite esports personalities. For those who can’t make it to the live finals, the tournament (and early rounds) will be streamed on twitch.tv/orenaonline.
“Last year’s OCS tournament delivered some fantastic competition, with fans tuning in from afar to compete and experience the action, live,” says Luca Tucconi, Operations Executive at Orena. “This year’s event is set to be exponentially bigger, better and richer and will deliver the ultimate in esports experiences for the teams and the fans. We have big plans for the OCS, as evidenced by the quantum leap between last year’s tournament and the 2017 edition, and we’re looking forward to giving the country’s best teams a chance to compete in a world-class setting”.
Esports has seen incredible growth in South Africa in the last 5 years, with prizes worth millions of Rands up for grabs across various events to be hosted in the country this year. Orena has played a pivotal role in the growth of the local scene by hosting consistent esports events as-well as sending local talent to global competitions over the last two years, giving them the chance to compete against some of the biggest names at the most glamorous tournaments.