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Hellbird – Cape Town Born Professional Gaming Caster

Cape Town is known for it’s Beauty, Controversial History and its many Victories and Victors.

One of these Victors is named Hellbird, a Pro Gaming Caster from South Africa, Cape Town.

Firstly, what is a Caster? Well, it is the internationally accepted name for a Professional Gaming Commentator that uses the web to broadcast Local and International Professional Gaming Competitions.

Usually ‘In – Game’, Casting Software or twitch.tv is used to deliver these shows.

Hellbird is locally recognized as one of the most popular Premier Casters in South Africa and is a Director of the extremely popular Casting Company nAv.tv which  provides the Official Casters to our very own NAG MAGAZINE.

NAG recently hosted rAge, the biggest Gaming & Tech convention in South Africa with the likes of Joannah Stewart, who heads the extremely popular All Otaku Magazine, attending the event.

Hellbird’s popularity has become legendary in the South African Gaming Community, a Community that he has been a part of since before the birth of Super LAN’s such as Organized Chaos in South Africa.

Hellbird is often referred to as one of the pioneers of South African gaming, winning 11 Organized Chaos tournaments in a row (2006 – Dota Allstars)

Since then Hellbird has come a long way, casting most of South Africa’s biggest events.

The Pro Gaming & OTAKU industry has taken off in SOUTH AFRICA with over a dozen start ups that are climbing straight to the top of the industry.

NAG, once arguably one of the most important Gaming Institution in the Southern Hemisphere, hosts a lot of the competition.

This year, our own South African rAge Champions competed in one of the premier  DOTA 2 International  Leagues abroad, and became the first team to do so.

This group of 18 to 25 year olds make a nice chunka’ change, by competing in South African Super LAN’s, locally, but have yet to win abroad

To think that a few years ago gaming was nothing but a group of Geeks sitting in a high school computer room.

Now, it has become a professional sport or otherwise known as an ‘e-sport’, which makes a select few some fairly good money.

It seems that there are now as many aspiring competitive high-school-student-gamers (in the more privileged Cape Town Schools) as there are students willing to play Rugby (our National Sport)

To move into the more controversial side of Pro South African Gaming, it has been said that our players prefer to join international leagues by representing their own Gaming Organizations instead of aspiring to join our National Team.

In fact, our National Team has been beaten by many Top South African Gaming Organizations, making it largely redundant and often unpopular among the youth.

For this reason, regulations have been put in place to try and stop this from continuing … but to no avail, the South African Gaming Organisations are simply growing even more formidable, with some teams often dwarfing the South African National Gaming Team.

Furthermore Professional Gaming has become a National Sport in many countries, the first being South Korea.

I would say that I am a bit too old to fully understand the genre in the same way that these 20 Somethings do …

I grew up differently, in a word that was different … a seemingly ancient world that existed but a mere 10 years ago.

Technology has broadened our horizons, making the world a much smaller place over a very quick period of time.

The South African community is becoming more and more a part of this, and Cape Town is leading the charge!

And as such, in the near future we may be selling tickets to some of these events.

A special thanks to all of those  persons who helped us put this article together!

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