At ZAG Academy we turn normal gamers into athletes. Our aim is to grow esport in South Africa at grassroots level and carry that growth over to the premier level competitive gaming. We have found that the biggest problem for schools starting up their esport program is that they lack the knowledge of the industry and sport to provide a comprehensive program.
ZAG Academy uses a system of feeding back experience gained at the top professional level into the grassroots of the industry. We sign the very best players and teams within the South African esport community and utilise them as coaches within the ZAG Academy program at schools. This creates a sustainable environment for South African esport where top athletes seed the next generation of competitive esport athletes.
ZAG Academy was founded by 2 international esport athletes. Both founders have multiple years of competitive esport experience and have featured in various international events. Together they combine the 2 main disciplines within esports, First Person Shooters(FPS) and Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas(MOBA). ZAG Academy boasts top players in South Africa as coaches of 9 different esport titles, internationally and nationally accredited umpires and esport commentators on its roster.
During the second half of 2017 ZAG Academy launched its pilot program at Helpmekaar Kollege. The program allowed us to fine tune our training materials and gain valuable feedback from the educator and students on the program. We created a comprehensive coaching program for schools in co-operation with international coaches and sport psychologists to accommodate various disciplines and skill levels. We also structured an internal ZAG Academy League which provides an analytical tool for coaching and also serves as a competitive platform for students in our program.
We affiliate and enter all schools with Mind Sports South Africa(MSSA) - South Africa’s governing body for esport. Competing in the MSSA provides students with the opportunity to earn recognised provincial and national colours for Mind Sport – much like any other sport in South Africa. Esport is an official sport in South Africa and will be featured in the 2024 Paris Olympics for the first time as a medal event.