A Bit About Us

"Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what's already there."
- Prince

Who We Are

Sinister 5 is a Multi-Gaming Organization based in South Africa. Starting around late 2016, Sinister 5 have grown and become one of the most respected, top level and professional MGOs in the country. They’re mainly known for their Dota 2, CSGO and Hearthstone teams who continue to surprise the country.

Ivo Tzanev, Marian Iliev, Mathew Smith and Duncan Beckerling founded Sinister 5 in hope that it would become one of the greatest MGOs in South Africa, while ultimately having teams with access and the skills to compete on an international level. Their visions for the teams have remained the same throughout this journey, to become the best.

The teams have matured and grown largely since the beginning of 2017, as well as the addition of the coaches to our CSGO and Dota 2 divisions. Taking this professional route has had a large successful impact on our results.

Sinister 5 have a gaming house planned for their Dota 2 team, more details will be announced at the end of the 2017 season.

The Founders


My name is Ivaylo Tzanev. I was born in Bulgaria, but have been living in South Africa for 20 years now.

Since the eSports scene was growing so rapidly, it just felt fitting to start up an MGO. I’d play, but being 35 with limited time available I feel am better suited to lead an MGO. I think I enjoy eSports over other sports because it can be done with friends at any age, at any time of the day, and with the aid of just a computer. I also enjoy the competitiveness in eSports! Soccer, table tennis, basketball and a few other sports are all on my list of hobbies. I enjoy the occasional chess and poker match too.


Like Ivo, I’m from Bulgaria as well, but I’ve lived in South Africa for most of my life.

If I’m not doing eSports related things, you’ll catch me reading online, or just doing research. I enjoy learning in general. I started gaming early in my life, became a part of the gaming society and grew with it. I was but a young boy at the age of 7 when I was introduced to arcades, and from there on it was history.

I still play games every day. I just don’t play competitive as age is catching up, hence deciding to hop on board the MGO idea. Sinister 5 has been an amazingly fun and intriguing journey that I hope doesn’t end any time soon!


My name is Matthew Smith. I was born and bred in South Africa.

My two top hobbies are fishing and watching eSports. I think eSports and the gaming industry has a competitive scene that is open to all who want to participate. It’s not like sailing or lacrosse left to elite; it’s exciting to watch, play and grows larger every day. Being a part of Sinister 5 from the start is one of the best feelings, knowing that you were part of something that was built from the ground up.

Being an owner of a top MGO has been a great learning curve and experience. With colleagues like Ivo and Marian, and with the support of our management star, Duncan, it just gets easier. I would also like to say that all that the players that we have worked with in the past have truly helped create and build this organization.


I’m Duncan Beckerling, but most of you know me by my ingame name – MrBeckerling.

The thing I enjoy about eSports is how your mind is stimulated by the strategic element, rather than just sitting in front of a TV where you are hardly applying any thoughts.
I started out the year playing for the Dota 2 team to help get us going and then once we reached a certain level I was not able to commit as much as required.
I work full time and would never be able to practice enough required to meet the requirements that are set for the team.
I also have a baby due at the end of November so it is a good time for me to have a bit more time for family.

Being a part of Sinister 5 has been a very enjoyable experience. It feels like all the bumps like dealing with player issues, changing players and adjusting were all just small steps towards where we are now.
I feel like we still have a long way to go but I am excited for what comes next!