Next month the annual rAge festival takes place and ASUS South Africa has announced its own esports tournament will take place at the event.

The Republic of Gamers Invitational is being billed as a short-form tournament because it will take place over a month rather than a few months.

The tournament will centre around Counter Strike Global Offensive (CSGO) and four of the most recognisable teams in the country will be taking part.

Big 5 Esports, Energy Esports, Goliath Gaming and Sinister 5 will face off against four other teams that manage to make it through the qualification round.

“ROG has invested in esports 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 ASUS’ MEA Regional Marketing Head, Azin Alikhani.

“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 esports 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,” ASUS South Africa’s marketing head, Juan Mouton added.

To register your CSGO team for the tournament you’ll need to head to the Mettlestate website to register. The tournament will take a round-robin format at the prize pool split follows below.

  • 1st – R60 000
  • 2nd – R40 000
  • 3rd – R30 000
  • 4th – R12 500
  • 5th – R7 500

Here’s hoping the four teams mentioned above aren’t the only winners at rAge. Nothing against them, it’s just nice for an underdog to win once in a while.