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My favourite gaming stories from January 2021

How did we get through an entire month? 2021 has started and I know for a lot of people it feels just as rough as 2020. However, as vaccines roll out around the world we can only hope the worst is behind us. To help you take a break from the real world I’ve put together my favourite gaming stories for January 2021. Here’s the break down, I’m sure you’ll find something you enjoy.

The first story is actually a video about esports in Africa that CNN put together. I had selfish reasons for loving this one so much, almost every person featured (except one gent from Kenya) I’d had a chance to interview at the start of their competitive careers – so this was particularly special. You can watch it here:

Ladies taking names

I had the chance to tell the story of HashtagChess on Red Bull this month and it was such an honour to share the two women behind the channel and give some insight on their journey. I had the chance to mentor both Rebecca and Jesse during the Logitech G Content Creator Academy in 2020, so giving more people a chance to see their work was special. While it might not fit neatly into the “gaming” box, I still wanted to share because these two ladies are breaking barriers and deserve your support (click on the image to read more):

south african chess

Making history?!

You might not know, but two South African FIFA players made history in January, being the first South African players to qualify for a big international event. I have no doubt they’ll do us proud at the end of February. This article was written by Sam Spiller and ran in the local newspapers as well as online (you can click here to find out more):

south african fifa


There is nothing I love more than being able to share the first stories of new talent in South African esports. Malik Fonseca is one of those new talents and only eleven years old. He was so much fun to interview and his answers are surprisingly mature for someone so young. Trust me, this kid is going to shake things up this year:

south africa tekken player

Headphones on, world off

If you’re wanting to take a longer break from the world then be sure to check out these South African gaming podcasts. I put this list together for Red Bull and think there is definitely something on there for everyone:

south african gaming podcasts

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