After a great experience at Rush Esports in 2017, we always wondered how 2018 would top the inaugural event. We're pretty happy to say that due to the hard work of plenty of behind-the-scenes folk, 2018 went as all out as a second year event could and left us wishing 2019 was here already.

This year, we were honoured to operate both the Vodacom 4U Football and Fortnite Cups at the event. Football was a FIFA 18 tournament played on PlayStation, while Fortnite was more ‘experimental’ and was played on mobile.

Vodacom 4U Football Cup

Approximately 280 players competed for the R13,500 in cash up for grabs, along with various Huawei products. Played out over around 680 matches, the finals on Sunday saw two local multi-gaming organisations fully represented. Julio ‘The Beast’ Bianchi represented Goliath Gaming, while the Orlando Pirates esports team featured Mohamed Diop.

The two-leg final saw the spoils go the way of the Goliath player with a 10-2 aggregate win.

Final Standings

  • 1st Place: Julio ‘The Beast’ Bianchi [R7,500 + Huawei P20 Pro + Vodacom data bundle]
  • 2nd Place: Mohamed Diop [R3,000 + Huawei Y7 + Vodacom data bundle]
  • 3rd Place: Muhamad Zaid Patel [R2,000 + Huawei B618 router + Vodacom data bundle]
  • 4th place: Shuaib Hassen [R1,000]

The championship bracket can be viewed here.

Vodacom 4U Fortnite Cup

Fortnite on iOS devices saw a generally lower age group participating. Introducing South Africa’s next generation to esports is an important step in solidifying a positive future for the local industry. Alongside the tournament, we operated a number of crowd engagements. A voting system for the winner of a match ultimately saw voters competing in a Fortnite staple – a boogie down.

Sunday saw the top 16 players from the previous two days compete for the cash and products up for grabs.

Final Standings

  • 1st Place: JT Brophy [R2,000 + Huawei P20 Pro + Vodacom data bundle + SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Controller]
  • 2nd Place: AJ Karaki [R1,000 + Huawei Y7 + Vodacom data bundle]
  • 3rd Place: Sean Kelly [R500 + Huawei B618 router + Vodacom data bundle]

The championship bracket can be viewed here.

Photos and other media from the event will be posted on our Facebook page, as well as on our other social media platforms. Further coverage of the other tournament results hosted over the weekend can be found on Esports Central.

We would like to thank everyone that made it possible for us to operate at Rush Esports 2018 - the organisers, sponsors and partners, as well as the participants and supporters. Most importantly, the dedicated team of admins who worked tirelessly all weekend.