eSports in Africa certainly looks ready for the hurdle race, represented by fresh minds and legs desperate to take the continent to the promise land-if there is anything of that sort. But like every athlete, stakeholders in the eSports community in Africa cannot be successful on the quest if the hurdles are not overcome. But the most important question is: what are the hurdles impeding the growth of eSports in Africa and how do stakeholders hurdle over the hurdles.
There is certainly no doubt about the potential development and growth of eSports on the African continent. The continent is blessed with an unbelievable amount of talent across all gaming genres. The tall list includes Ghana’s Wonderkid who is as good as any FIFA player on the planet, Kenya’s Queen Arrow who is signed on USA’s Xit Gaming because of her extraordinary gaming skills in Tekken and many others. It is certainly due to this abundance of talent that gives the founder of Ivoire eSports, Ange Metuschela Odie so much hope.
He indicated in an exclusive interview that the eSports community in Africa is capable of producing extraordinary talents who can be as good as football legends Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Samuel Eto’o and Yaya Toure.
He said: “Every time we have a challenge to face but the most important thing is to manage our organization without any financial support…”.
“Because we trust that from this talent can rise a future Didier Drogba, a Yaya Toure, a Michael Essien, a Samuel Eto’o of eSports. We believe in the talent in Africa and that is our motivation to overcome this challenges day by day”
The eSports community in Africa is also blessed with organizers of events and groups who have an insatiable passion and desire to promote eSports in Africa. These are individuals who have a deep understanding of the enormous benefits that eSports comes along with and are doing all possible to help Africa to reap those benefits.
But while the aforementioned factors generates a huge sense of optimism about the future of eSports in Africa, we obviously cannot turn a blind eye on the hurdles that need addressing. The tall list includes better infrastructure, better sponsorship packages and what I consider most important, the existence of a governing body to regulate the activities of eSports groups in the various countries.
eSports in Africa: What hurdles do we need to overcome?
In episode 2 of the eSports online series, we seek to engage stakeholders of the community on what hurdles needs to be overcome and how can it be done.
We, first of all, spoke to Kouakou John Ange Wilfried also known as Tao, who is one of Ivory Coast’s finest Streetfighter players. According to him, the community needs to address some of the stereotypical views about eSports on the continent. He said:
I think we should overcome the obstacle of conscience. For what? Because our parents, friends and brothers, especially our rulers, understand that eSports is a delinquency and is limited to a simple game of fun.But today the video game industry generates a lot in the vicinity of the cinema. Today, e-sports is the step to follow, to accompany the development of our ideas and our nations. All parties must get involved so that we have an echo of a comprehensive and holy system, beneficial to all.