Play FIFA 17 game at Chiefs Arena

George Maluleka enjoys playing the FIFA 17 game in which Kaizer Chiefs is one of the teams. He likes fielding himself.

Many Amakhosi supporters probably field Maluleka too. From tomorrow, soccer fans – independent if they play the FIFA 17 videogame well – can participate in a Rush esports event at the Exhibition Hall 2, Sandton Convention Centre. It will take place from Friday, 21 to Sunday, 23 July.

The Rush esports events will have different kind of games, but Kaizer Chiefs are hosting the gamers that play FIFA 17. Especially for this occasion, Amakhosi have transformed an area into something similar to an arena. The Chiefs event is done in collaboration with Vodacom and Nike.

“FIFA 17 is very tactical,” continues Maluleka, whose rating is 73. “It gives you awareness into your own game. You can also change the tactical formations, playing, for example, in a 3-5-2 or 4-4-2 system. The nice thing is that you, as the gamer, are in charge, you are the coach.

“I always start with myself. The George in FIFA 17 scores a lot of goals, basically because he gets into a lot of scoring positions. The real George, however, is better in providing assists for his teammates to score. He’s also a slightly better passer.

“I learn a lot by playing FIFA 17, both about myself, as a player and about understanding tactics of the game of soccer. I play a lot with Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Kaizer Chiefs. When I opt for Juventus, I usually field five Glamour Boys, including myself.”

Maluleka would have been an eager participant at the esports event at Sandton Convention Centre, if only he wouldn’t be with the squad in Botswana to play Township Rollers on Saturday.

However, the midfielder does ask everybody to participate in the event. “Its great fun to play FIFA 17,” Maluleka concludes. “You don’t need to be a great gamer to be part of this Kaizer Chiefs event.”

If you want to enter the Kaizer Chiefs FIFA 17 tournament, visit www.acgl.co.za/kaizerchiefs to sign up. Entry to the tournament is free. You are urged to come and support this growing industry and see what esports is all about.

Entry for spectators and visitors is R50 for a day pass (valid for one day only) and R100 for a weekend pass (valid for all three days). Tickets are available at Computicket or at the entrance. For more information about Rush go to www.rushesports.co.za

There will be exciting prizes, including R20 000 for this weekend’s winner.

The event will start on Friday at 10:00 after which the games will be held in different heats until 20:00. It will continue on Saturday from 9:00 to 21:00 and Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00 at Sandton Convention Centre’s Exhibition Hall 2.