Mali will be represented by Alou Sangaré, Sambanou Dramé and Ahmed Soumaré – Malijet

The representatives of Mali (the 3 Super Gamers) in the final stage of the Esport (video game) that will take place from January 27 to 29, 2023 in Abidjan are now known. They are Alou Sangaré (Street Fighter V champion), Sambanou Dramé (Fifa 23 champion) and Ahmed Soumaré (eFootball 23 champion). These 3 champions qualified at the end of the tournament in preparation for the 6th edition of the Orange Esport Experience organized by Orange Mali from January 13 to 14, 2023 at the Radisson.

At the end of the tournament, Ms. Doucouré Fatoumata Sangaré, head of institutional communication and sponsorship division of Orange-Mali, that Orange-Mali organized the Mali option competition to designate the big winners who will compete in Abidjan from 27 to 29 January 2023 with other Orange subsidiaries . “For several years, Orange-Mali is truly positioned as the leading Esport partner in Mali, the leading gaming partner in Mali. Why? Because it is in line with our strategy. Because Orange-Mali is the first partner of sport in Mali. Orange-Mali is the official sponsor of the Malian Football Federation, the Malian Basketball Federation. Esport is a new discipline in the world and Orange-Mali is really positioning itself in Mali to become the official sponsor of Esport as soon as possible and make it a sporting discipline in the same way as football and basketball. It is a strategy channel that is shared at the level of the Orange group in terms of sport. This is why, for several years now, in various African countries, Orange has been organizing a major ‘Orange Esport Experience’ competition for 19 subsidiaries in Africa and the Middle East for designate ‘Big Winners’. I congratulate the ‘Big winners’ of Mali who are of a very high standard. This year, Orange-Mali is counting on these big winners to bring a cup back to Mali to make the Mali flag shine in Côte d’Ivoire”he says.

What is Sports?

Esport in English or electronic sport refers to the practice (competitions) of a network video game on the Internet, alone or in a team on consoles or computers. Professional players called progamers in English develop individually or belong to a team. Limiting themselves to a daily practice of several hours, they participate in competitions organized around the world and live on the winnings.

Considered a modern sport in its own right by its practitioners and promoters, Esport was born in the late 1980s as a hobby. This discipline was born thanks to the emergence of multi-player network games. Every year, the best network players in the world meet at the World Convention (ESWC). This event is a world championship with several competitions organized where players who dominate the most popular games compete.

The event was created in 2003 by a Frenchman, Matthieu Dallon, and the first editions took place at Futuroscope. Real-time strategy and online battle games like League of Legends and Warcraft, team sports games like Fifa and online poker are among the games most played by esports enthusiasts.

Video games

In principle, all video games with multi-player mode are included in Esport, but in fact, some genres and flagship titles are the most popular: StarCraft 2, Hearthstone, Call Of Duty, Fifa, ShootMania Storm, Counter-Strike, Dota 2, League of Legends. Very popular in South Korea, video game tournaments are televised and the players (called gosu which means “leaders” in Korean dialect) are stars.

Esport: professional tournaments and wins

The first tournaments began in 1997 with the creation of the Cyberathlete Professional League and the first competition from the game Quake. The most well-known professional tournaments are those of the Cyberathlete Professional League, the World Cyber ​​​​​​Games as well as the Electronic Sports World Cup. In the mid-2000s, the prize money for the most important international competition reached several million dollars. A record was reached in 2015 on the occasion of The International competition dedicated to the game Dota 2 offering more than 18.4 million dollars in winnings, including more than 6.6 million for the winning team.

Esport: how does it work?

The streaming of games, with associated advertising and sponsors, has given esports a dimension in just a few years beyond entertainment and video games. The competitions are organized by recognized associations authorized to organize electronic events. These organizers are part of a vast global network that also brings together publishers, players, sponsors, professional athletes and the media.

The next step for esports is a place in the Olympics. The selection of games included in major competitions depends largely on their commercial success. Esports fans can follow the games live on special channels or on streaming platforms like Twitch. In France, this discipline is administered by the France Esport association.

How to be an athlete?

In a few years, Esport is no longer a simple pastime for video game enthusiasts on the network. It is now a professional sector of activity with huge economic stakes. In order to have globally competitive teams, each country sets up structures to promote discipline and train esports people.

In France, for example, several private establishments such as XP Gaming School, Education Gaming School and Gaming Campus offer training in. There are also training courses related to the management of Esport structures, offered by some business schools. Places at these schools are expensive, as they are highly coveted.

During his training, the student acquires theoretical knowledge and lives his first professional experiences before being released into the arena in front of millions of virtual spectators. He also participates as a volunteer in organizing events, to be in the front row at tournaments and to know the truth of his discipline behind the scenes.

It’s also a great opportunity to meet the best players, organizers and sponsors. There are many opportunities for electronic sports. In addition to the players put in the spotlight, the industry is creating jobs in sectors such as communication, management and team management.

Siaka Doumbia

Source: Today-Mali

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