City of CT vows to embrace future gaming events

LevelFox’s brand new esports tournament, The Showdown, was well-received by the gaming community in South Africa, and after the successful tournament came to a close, the City of Cape Town have vowed to continue embracing the gaming community.

The event took place at Atlantic Studios recently and introduced a major gaming event onto the calendar in South Africa, with R40 000 in prize money won on the day and players competing in FIFA 22 and Rocket League.

City of Cape Town Councillor JP Smith revealed at the event that gamers can expect more events to come in the months and years ahead.

"It has been my ambition for the City to embrace this, and the City has done it. We have tried to get gaming into our facilities. We have four facilities where we have console game stations set up to try and get the kids excited about it, develop hand eye co-ordination, introduce them to it and get them interested in it – and to start to develop the next gaming champions," he said during the event.

"We've had other event and we want to do many more. It's up to gaming event organisers to approach and ask us to help sponsor many more of these.

"There is a particular passion to see an international event here. I cannot rest and I cannot quit council until we start bidding for a major international event. We must make it happen in the next couple of years."

When asked about what the City of Cape Town is doing to embrace the future of gaming, Smith continued: "We've done a lot, we've laid hundreds of kilometres of fibre optic cable, we're trying to bring faster internet to people, especially to communities that wouldn't have. Around 60% of the gaming industry is now based in Cape Town. We hosted the African Gaming Week recently, which saw the largest gathering of African game developers assemble, which was very cool to see."

Smith was then asked why the City of Cape Town is looking to embrace the gaming industry, to which he responded: "Essentially, we like fun as much as you like it. It is entertainment, it is a sport, so there is a need for the city to support a sport that many people subscribe to, and this is one of the fastest growing sports.

"Gaming is also an important economic activity. It has overtaken the film industry and it is major generator of revenue, and there is no reason for Africa to be left behind. Gaming has to rise to the forefront if we want to keep up with the rest of the world."