The Gigabyte Protea eSports Team returned tired but satisfied to OR Tambo International Airport on 7 October 2012 from the 2012 IeSF World Championships held in Cheon-an City, Korea.
The trip had proved to be exhausting as well as a great test of character. The South African Gigabyte Protea eSports Team proved that when it came to character, they had been weighed and had been found to have copious amounts of character.
The team arrived at the venue after 29 hours of travelling, and upon arrival, the team quickly endeared itself to both administrators and competitors alike. Even after such a trip, the Gigabyte Protea eSports Team was ready to take on all-comers the very next morning.
Gabriela ‘GabyBear’ Isaacs (SAHETI School) and Lyrene ‘Legato’ Kühn (Knights Mind Sports Club) played their hearts out. Knowing that few ever get to wear the green and gold: both gamers knew that this was for South Africa.
When the dust had settled, Isaacs finished in fourth place in the TEKKEN event and Kühn finished in second place in the StarCraft II event.
This was the first time that the IeSF held a women’s event for TEKKEN and StarCraft II at the World Championships.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) was one of the protagonists in having women equally represented at the world’s most prestigious eSports events. The IeSF is attempting to put more weight on the promotion for female participation in keeping with the Sport Accord and IOC movement.