7 VS Gaming
The VS Gaming platform was designed to help gamers create teams, track their progress and compete against other players. At I-CAN PLAY, we’ll be using this platform to run tournaments for you or your team to win awesome prizes.
The VS Gaming platform is easy to use, and gives you the freedom to practise and compete against other players when it suits you. You can set up your own matches and input your own scores, or ask the site operator to help you out.
Signing up to VS Gaming
To register on the VS Gaming platform, you’ll need to follow these steps.
Step 1: Visit the website
Type www.digitalgamingleague.co.za into the search bar of your browser. That will take you to the VS Gaming landing page.
Step 2: Insert your information
When you get there, press the ‘REGISTER’ button in the top right corner of the page. This will take you to a form that will ask you for your details.
Make sure that all of your information is correct, and press the ‘Register’ button at the bottom of the page. VS Gaming will send you an email to verify your account (go to section 5 of the guide if you don’t have an email address yet). Once you click ‘Verify’ in the email, you will be able to sign in to the VS Gaming platform.
Creating your profile
Now that you’ve signed up to the VS Gaming platform, you can edit your profile. By doing this you’ll make sure that other gamers (potential opponents or teammates) know more about you.
When you sign into VS Gaming, it will take you to your dashboard. This is your home base. From here you can update your profile, create teams and schedule matches.
To make sure all your information is captured, you can click on the ‘Profile’ button, and then on the ‘Edit’ button. Fill in the information requested in the fields, and click ‘Save’. The VS Gaming platform will tell you how much of your profile you’ve filled out with a percentage in the bottom on the screen.
See if you can get yours to 100%!
Teams and clans
The VS Gaming platform also allows you create a team and a clan.
Teams are groups of people who are dedicated to playing the same game together. When you play DOTA 2, for instance, each side is made up of five players. If you are playing alone via the internet, you’ll be put into a team with strangers. But you can also create your own team. That means that you and four of your friends will be on the same side. The benefit of having a team is that it makes it easier to plan and communicate your strategy.
A clan, on the other hand, is a collection of teams. You can think of a clan as a big team that is made up of a bunch of smaller teams. Unlike teams, clans are not defined by specific games.
For example, an I-CAN PLAY clan can be made up of two different teams. Let’s call them TheSokkaPlayas and Khaltsha Kidz. TheSokkaPlayas will compete in FIFA tournaments and Khaltsha Kidz will play DOTA 2 matches, but both teams will wear I-CAN PLAY colours.
To create a team on the VS Gaming platform, follow these steps:
Step 1: Find the ‘Teams’ box in your dashboard
Click the ‘Teams’ box. It looks like this:
This will take you to the ‘Teams’ page, where you will see a list of all the teams that have been made on the VS Gaming platform.
Step 2: Team details
In the top right corner of the ‘Teams’ page, you will see the ‘Create Team’ button.
This will take you to a form where you can fill in all the details of your team, and invite other players. Your teammates will have to be registered on the VS Gaming platform, so make sure they follow the steps in this guide to register (see ‘Signing up to VS Gaming’, above).
You can give your team a fun name, describe who you are and what your team is about, and pick the game that you’ll be participating in. If you want to play more than one game as a team, you will have to create a new team profile for each game.
To finish off the process, click ‘Create’ at the bottom of the page.
If you and your friends want to start a clan you will follow the same steps listed above, but instead of clicking the ‘Teams’ box in your dashboard you will click on ‘Clans’.
If you want to join a clan that your friends have created, you can click on the ‘Clans’ box in your dashboard and search for the clan name in the top right corner of the page that comes up.
When you find the right clan, click on ‘Join Clan’ to request access. The clan administrator will have to accept your request before you can join.
Competing through the VS Gaming platform
There are a few different ways that you can compete against your friends and players across the country through the VS Gaming platform. The platform makes it easy for you to join existing competitions, or to create your own. Here are your options:
Tournaments are competitions that happen over a short period of time. They are usually one- or two-day events where players face off against one another in order to win a prize. A tournament usually works with knockout rounds. Each player gets a chance to play, and is knocked out if they lose.
If you want to see the tournaments held on the VS Gaming platform, you can click on the ‘Tournaments’ button at the top of the screen.
If you want to play a tournament of your own, you can talk to the site operator about setting up a tournament for you and your friends.
A league is a competition that is played over a longer period of time. A league can last for a few weeks, and works on a point system. When you join a league, you can challenge other players to matches. If you win, you get points and increase your rank in the league. If you lose, you also lose points and move down in rank. The VS Gaming platform allows you to schedule matches with other players, and keeps track of your scores.
If you want to see the leagues hosted on the VS Gaming platform, you can click on the ‘Leagues’ button at the top of the screen.
When you click ‘Leagues’, the website will take you to a list that can be filtered according to games or styles. If you want to join an open league, find the league you want to join in this list and click the ‘Join’ button.
You can also talk to the site operator about setting up a league of your own.