Earlier this month, Eduvos, one of the largest private higher education institutions in South Africa and RGB Gaming, pioneers in sustainable esports at learning institutions, partnered to launch a game-changing experience at Comic Con Cape Town. The four-day event, which ran from 27 to 30 April, saw Eduvos and RGB Gaming showcase how esports and education can co-exist with a dynamic exhibition space and gaming tournaments for all ages.
Eduvos is leveraging esports across the country to provide its students – known as Vossies – with a platform to explore the benefits of gaming and develop critical skills that are essential for success in the modern world.
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Dr Riaan Steenberg, executive director at Eduvos, stated:
“We recognise the opportunity that e-sports holds for our students and the impact it will have on both their studies and future career paths. The success of the exhibit at Comic Con is a testament to the growing popularity of e-sports and at Eduvos we are enabling real world careers with practical skills and internationally relevant degrees.”
Eduvos is currently launching four esports leagues at its Midrand, Bloemfontein, Tyger Valley and Pretoria campuses. The opportunity to join a league is available to all Eduvos students and the institution aims to have all 12 leagues launched by the end of 2023.
Onlookers at Comic Con Cape Town, including Eduvos staff, families and friends, watched the Vossie gamers from Eduvos’s Tyger Valley and Claremont campuses compete in Overwatch 2. It was the first tournament in which the Vossie gamers came together.
The exhibit featured a gaming experience where tournaments were hosted with schools from across the country. The tournaments demonstrated the benefits of esports, which include strategic thinking, creativity, teamwork, communication and community building. Eduvos recognises that these skills go beyond the gaming hall and equip students with the critical skills needed to succeed in their tertiary studies.
Cameron Varga, one of Eduvos’s gamers and a first-year BA Media Studies student at the Eduvos Tygervalley Campus, stated:
“The experience I’ve had in e-sports has helped me in other areas of my life. E-sports takes a lot of focus, especially when you’re competing on a high level. That focus comes in handy when you’re studying.”
Cameron hopes to one day combine his love for storytelling and his degree with his passion for esports by becoming a broadcast producer of esports. Eduvos is developing degrees and programmes that support these new careers through its media studies, development and very soon a business of esports programme.
Congratulations to winners Super Nova League, who comprised of Bachelor of Arts, Higher Certificate in Information Systems and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology students: Emil Breuninger, Ruben van Zyl, Stian Brand, Renier de Bruin and Etienne du Plessis.
Press Release: Eduvos