A gamer battles it out during the CS:GO World Finals on day two of the Girl Gamer Esports Festival in Feb 2020 (Photo: Getty Images)
Red Bull Flick is here, and whether you're an amateur or professional gamer, you could enter your team and win big!
The tournament offers a "unique twist" on the popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), with a newly created platform within the game that features exclusive maps as contenders take each other on in a 2v2 match.
"Pairs of players will face off on a set of a brand new 'Hold the Flag' format instead of the usual 5v5 'Search & Destroy' of CS:GO. The gameplay creates a unique environment and different style and tactics to be used by players highlighting teamwork and strategy. There are five never seen before maps developed by Red Bull HQ that will be exclusive to Red Bull Flick players," a press statement reveals.
Registration for the tournament opens on 6 May and will allow 128 teams of two to battle it out for a spot in the finals on 17 and 24 May.
Teams will have to "gain and defend the flag zone" for 45 seconds to claim a victory. "The goal is not about takedowns, but dominating the area through tactical decisions and strategy. As a gamer who thinks you have what it takes, ask yourselves; Are your game sense and map smarts up to the challenge? Will you be the duo to go from amateur to national champions?" the statement goes on to say.
Thulani Sishi, director of Big 5 Esports, says the tournament is an excellent form of entertainment and socialising since "traditional" sports were put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.
"As sporting activities worldwide have come to a halt, gaming brings an opportunity for people to collaborate, create connections and problem solve much like 'traditional' sports. We can rely on esport activities to keep us engaged and socialising in a different kind of way."