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NODWIN Gaming’s Inkosi Super Cup: What you need to know

NODWIN Gaming South Africa has announced the Inkosi Super Cup in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Umzansi Esports League gets postponed.

Indian esports company NODWIN Gaming expanded to South Africa in February. Since then, the Indian esports company's South African branch revealed the Umzanzi Esports League (postponed until the end of July 2020), with two LAN finals and an overall prize pool of R1 million.

With the COVID-19 pandemic being a global crisis, and cases growing in South Africa, NODWIN Gaming responded in the best possible way, by creating the Inkosi Super Cup.

Here's everything you need to know about the Inkosi Super Cup.

Inkosi Super Cup announcement

In a press release, NODWIN Gaming ZA revealed the Inkosi Super Cup, and explained their reasons behind creating this online cup series for South Africans to enjoy.

"Johannesburg, South Africa – NODWIN Gaming South Africa has announced the postponement of the Umzansi Esports League, which was initially set to open for registrations on 22 March 2020. This announcement comes as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic currently sweeping the globe to protect the health and safety of the organizers and players,’ the statement read.

“It has also been announced that NODWIN Gaming South Africa will instead be launching a new interim tournament, titled the Inkosi Super Cup.”

The Inkosi Super cup will kick off the first week of matches starting 30th March 2020. It will comprise four esports titles, namely CS:GO, FIFA 20, PUBG Mobile, and Tekken 7.

Inkosi Super Cup registrations

At the time of writing, registrations for three of the four Inkosi Super Cup tournaments are live. You can follow the links below to register for one, or all of the first Inkosi Super Cup weekly tournaments:

Inkosi Super Cup details

The Inkosi Super Cup will run over a period of 3 months and will be in a short-form, cup-system format. Each esports title will host four weekly cups per month, each on a different day of the week.

All cups will use a single-elimination format and the fourth cup in every month will be the finals. Entrance to the Inkosi Super Cup will be free of charge.

It is noted that there will be ample opportunity for players to compete and win over the 3-month period. Each esports title will have weekly and monthly cup winners.

There will also be overall tournament winners for those placing first on the leaderboard in their respective esports titles. These winners will be awarded prizes and will be honoured with the Umzansi Grand Slam title.

Teams per monthly cup that will qualify for the Umzansi Esports League will be as follows:

  • CS:GO – Two teams
  • FIFA – Two players
  • Tekken 7 – Two players
  • PUBG Mobile – Eight teams

A last chance qualifier will be available after the three monthly cups which will also allow the following amount of teams to qualify directly for the Umzansi Esports League:

  • CS:GO – Two teams
  • FIFA – Two players
  • Tekken 7 – Two players
  • PUBG Mobile – Eight teams

At the time of writing, prizes for the cup series have not been confirmed.

Where to watch the Inkosi Super Cup

The Inkosi Super Cup will be broadcasting one full esports cup title per week, weekly highlights, and one monthly cup final on GINX Esports TV Africa (DSTV channel 127). If you don't have DSTV, then you can always catch weekly streams of selected titles on YouTube.

With everything going on in the world right now, and social distancing as a method to curb the spread of COVID-19, staying at home and watching some great esports action is an excellent idea we can all get behind.

Conclusion

While the COVID-19 pandemic has put the world into a global health crisis, esports continues to shine. The Inkosi Super Cup is one example of how tournament organizers any country can react.

Instead of just cancelling or postponing events, NODWIN Gaming went the extra mile and created the Inkosi Super Cup, which esports players and fans in South Africa can enjoy without leaving their house.

For those who don't know, this cup arrives just in time for the three-week lockdown begins in South Africa. The lockdown was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this week. It will start on Thursday, 26th March 2020 at 23:59 and continue until 16 April 2020.

Don't forget to follow NODWIN Gaming ZA for more updates on the Inkosi Super Cup.

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