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Republic of Gamers Invitational launches as SA’s richest short form CS:GO tournament

SA’s CS:GO elite and the nation’s top qualifying teams will compete for R150 000 and the honour of lifting the ROG Invitational trophy in the presence of 35 000 rAge attendees at the Ticketpro Dome from 27 to 29 September.

Johannesburg, 19 Aug 2019
Read time 3min 20sec

Key points

  • Largest short-form CS:GO prize pool: Republic of Gamers launches the largest prize pool to date for a short-form Counter Strike tournament.
  • Elite SA e-sports talent on show: BIG 5 ESPORTS, ENERGY ESPORTS, GOLIATH GAMING and SINISTER5 CS:GO fill out the elite bracket and will be the teams to beat in the 2019 showpiece.
  • Largest gaming event in Africa: rAge and the ROG Invitational will play out in front of more than 35 000 people at the Ticketpro Dome from 27 to 29 September 2019, making it Africa’s largest gaming event.

Today, ASUS South Africa, the company behind the Republic of Gamers, the world’s leading gaming hardware brand, announced the inaugural ROG Invitational, which will place as South Africa’s richest short-form Counter Strike tournament. With a prize pool of R150 000, the one-month tournament will host its finals live at the rAge Expo from 27 to 29 September at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.

Four of South Africa’s elite CS:GO teams: BIG 5 ESPORTS, ENERGY ESPORTS, GOLIATH GAMING and SINISTER5 CS:GO will compete for the glory, the honour and the cash against the top four ranked challengers from the qualification rounds.

Registration for the online qualifiers opens today through, a leading e-sports league and tournament operator on the African continent. The round-robin group stage will advance the leaders of each group to the LAN finals in late September, where the final eight will compete in a double-elimination bracket at rAge Expo.

The need for e-sports investment

“ROG has invested in e-sports since 2006, and was the first hardware manufacturer to see the importance of being a part of the community through the creation of an inclusive ecosystem and investment in gamers and their community,” says Azin Alikhani, MEA Regional Marketing Head.

The past decade has seen a spark of change in this inclusive ecosystem from casual gaming as a community to the development of a serious sub-culture of professionalism in e-sports that is driving a new a generation of sporting professionals.

“The similarities in the skills required to be a competitive gamer aren’t dissimilar to conventional professional sports. Aside from great aim and strategy, a championship e-sports team requires a stone-cold winning mentality, serious consistency, a lot of commitment and flawless co-ordination and communication, says Juan Mouton, Asus and Republic of Gamers South Africa Marketing Manager.

Mouton goes on to state: “As the world’s leading gaming hardware brand, we see it as our responsibility within South Africa to assist where we can to strengthen the credibility of e-sports through showcasing not only the exceptional talent and skill that exists in our country, but to deliver an experience that really underlines the entertainment value of the sport. That’s the purpose of the inaugural ROG invitational, and we expect the showcase to grow exponentially as we continue with this mission.”

rAge experience

The ROG invitational will host the finals in a live three-day showdown at the Tickepro Dome during the rAge Expo – South Africa’s largest gathering of gaming enthusiasts. With more than 35 000 attendees and 17 years in existence, rAge has become synonymous with the most awesome weekend of gaming on the local events calendar. This annual gaming event promises a mind-blowing weekend filled with immersive fun for family and friends.

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ASUS is one of Fortune magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and is dedicated to creating products for today and tomorrow’s smart life. Our comprehensive portfolio includes Zenbo, ZenFone, ZenBook and a range of IT devices and components, along with AR, VR and IoT. ASUS employs more than 16,000 people worldwide and over 5,000 world-class R&D talents. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, the company won 4,511 awards and earned approximately US$13 billion of revenue in 2017.


Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at

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