The electrifying Red Bull Campus Clutch tournament reached its thrilling climax at Comic Con Africa 2023, held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre from the 22nd to the 25th of September 2023. After intense battles and remarkable displays of gaming talent, the national finals culminated in the crowning of Socks Up as the ultimate champion for the second year running.
Red Bull Campus Clutch, the world’s largest Valorant tournament for university students, saw enthusiastic teams from across South Africa compete fiercely in this exhilarating esports showdown. Combining esports and the world of gaming with the excitement of Comic Con Africa created an unforgettable experience for both participants and spectators.
The Johannesburg Expo Centre served as the perfect backdrop for this esports extravaganza, where teams clashed head-to-head to prove their prowess in Valorant, the popular tactical first-person shooter game. The event featured a remarkable display of skill, strategy and teamwork from the participating universities.
Socks Up’s victory ceremony was a momentous occasion, met with the adoration of the esports community. Their achievement not only solidified their place in esports history but also earned them a chance to represent South Africa on the global stage in the upcoming international Red Bull Campus Clutch finals.
The captain of Socks Up, Roberto Dominic, expressed his excitement after their victory, saying:
“We are feeling quite good about winning today and going up on stage again after winning it last year. Going to Turkey this year, our main goal is to do better than we did last year in Brazil. Ideally, we’d like to make it out of the group and make the top 16. Last year, we went to double overtime with Romania, so we just want to make sure we win and get as far as we can.”
The national champions, along with the South African esports community, are now looking forward to the next phase of their journey, as they prepare to face off against the best university teams from around the world in the international finals.
Written by Smilo “Slim” Gosa