An African esports league

In a recent article written by 

The African Gaming League’s mission is to host live and online tournaments open to all players of any skill level in Sub-Saharan African.

Umanah and his team were well aware of the challenges; gaming is still viewed as a contentious hobby in this part of the world and often struggles to command respect amongst other entertainment media.


Even though faced by obstacles, however, they surged ahead. On Saturday, August 20th, 2016, the African Gaming League formally launched in 4 Nigerian cities — Lagos, Port Harcourt, Uyo and Abuja – with players playing with intense concentration.

In other countries, eSports leagues get bigger sponsorship, offer bigger prize money, have bigger crowds and in some countries, like (South) Korea, have their participants become huge celebrities and icons. Games like DOTA, Starcraft and League of Legends all have prize pots in the tens of millions of dollars. What was once a childish hobby is now a legitimate profession for some people.

The African Gaming League hopes to unify all people of backgrounds, and bring a structure that makes it more appealing to foreign investment.