Esports is rapidly growing far and wide, with newer emerging markets adopting the growing sport extremely rapidly. Some games are bigger than others however there is definitely plenty of area for lots of other games to emerge into the growing markets.

South Africa, for example, has actually seen big success in a number of existing titles. But who have been some of the most successful players in the area? And what have been the most successful games?

The two gamers that top this list come from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the popular first-person shooter title, are Aran ‘Sonic’ Groesbeek and Johnny ‘JT’ Theodosiou.

In fact, the top 5 gamers all discovered splendor playing Counter-Strike.

Both Aran ‘Sonic’ Groesbeek and Johnny ‘JT’ Theodosiou are from Bravado, a South African based esports organisation which has actually been dominant in the Counter-Strike scene for the region (however relocated to The United States and Canada back in 2018 to get some more experience and exposure).

The group had the ability to string together a few great efficiencies and even took 2nd place in the DreamHack Open Winter 2018 tournament. However, that wasn’t enough for them to break out of the tier two Counter-Strike scene.

Thankfully, their wins had been enough to gather some attention from other groups.

Their success also saw the rise of esports betting in South Africa, as it had actually been the very first big opportunity for players in the region to appear on an international stage.

During an unstable duration for one of The United States and Canada’s more recognized groups, Cloud9, roster modifications led to both Sonic and JT being gotten by the esports huge and finding themselves on a tier-one team.

Naturally, this implied that they ended up being the most successful South African gamers in esports to date.

The success wasn’t to last, however. Although the players had actually been picked up in early 2020, they would later be dropped in late 2020 (together with the South African coach in Tiaan ‘TC’ Coertzen) following an expected contract breach. Both the players and the coach were linked in a breach of COVID-19 standards during the height of the pandemic.

Both Sonic and JT reformed with other gamers on the C9 lineup at the time under the new banner of Extra Salt. However, as a new team without a strong organisation behind them, it stays uncertain whether they will be able to discover their way back to tier one Counter-Strike and whether the actions that saw them dropped from the American org will affect future group potential customers too.