2017 South African Gaming and Geek Expo Guide

Over the last few years, the number of gaming and geek expos happening in South Africa has increased, and the community no longer only has rAge in Johannesburg to look forward to, but a variety of expos of varying scales almost all around the country. So start booking your dates for these events now, because 2017 is going to be a busy one.

ICON By The Sea

  • Date: 7 to 9 April 2017
  • Time: 9h00-18h00
  • Venue: Old Mutual Sports Hall, Glenwood, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Cost:
    • Day Pass: R60
    • Weekend Pass: R100
  • Details: Site | Facebook | Twitter

**UPDATE**

The dates and details of the event have been confirmed and will be happening this April.

**ORIGINAL**

ICON By The Sea offers geeks and gamers in KwaZulu-Natal a taste of the ICON experience (see below). Dates and other details are still to be confirmed, but April is generally the month for the event.
We will update the details for ICON By The Sea as soon as they become available.

rAge Cape Town

  • Date: 27 to 29 April 2017
  • Time: 10h00-19h00
  • Venue: Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town
  • Cost:
    • Day Pass: R80 pp pre-booked | R100 pp at door
    • Weekend Pass: R200 pp pre-booked
  • Details: Site | Facebook | Twitter

The first of the Cape Town ‘majors’ sees the return of rAge but not quite as promised in 2016. Original suggestions were that the event would treble in size and stay at Grand West. It has made the move to the more upmarket address of the Century City Conference Centre but that has also meant that the event is not getting as big as expected. Another change is that the dates have been pushed a little later in the year which has meant it directly clashes with FanCon.

FanCon

  • Date: 29 April to 1 May 2017
  • Time: TBC
  • Venue: CTICC, Cape Town
  • Cost:
    • Day Pass: R120
    • Weekend Pass: R240
  • Details: Site | Facebook | Twitter

The second ‘Cape Town Comic Con’ moves venue to Cape Town Convention Centre and expands to three days. Comics, cosplay, geek culture and more can be found over the course of the event. Start getting your outfits ready and preparing for a panel-packed experience with some top local and international comic artists and writers.

ICON

  • Date: 16 to 18 June 2017
  • Time: TBC
  • Venue: Gallagher Convention Centre, Gauteng
  • Cost: TBC
  • Details: Site | Facebook | Twitter

ICON is “South Africa’s longest running comics and games convention” and this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. Last year, the event offered an entertaining variety of speakers to go with the usual expo components and in 2017, that is likely to continue.

GeekFest

GeekFest is still to confirm all their details including the dates and venue, but we’ll go with an educated guess that the event is likely to be hosted somewhere between May to July. The venue could possibly be Inanda Country Base in Midrand. Geeks can expect “two fun filled days” for the “whole family and [their] pets.”
We will update the details for GeekFest as soon as they become available.

EGE

  • Date: 28 to 30 July 2017
  • Time: TBC
  • Venue: CTICC, Cape Town
  • Cost: TBC
  • Details: Site | Facebook | Twitter

The Electronics & Gaming Expo returns for its third year. Obviously, details are a little scarce for now but you can expect the usual mix of gaming, esports, exhibitors, cosplay, game development, boardgames and tasty geek stuff. And zombies. There are always zombies right?

Con.ect

  • Date: 1 to 3 September 2017
  • Time: 9h00-20hoo
  • Venue: Baywst Mall, Port Elizabeth
  • Cost: TBC
  • Details: Site | Facebook | Twitter

**UPDATE**

The dates and venue for the event has been confirmed. It has been pushed to a little later in the year than originally suggested but now nicely avoids other events currently.

**ORIGINAL**

Another event that still needs to confirm details but one of a few events for our Eastern Cape-based friends. Con.ect 2016 was hosted at the end of July last year, so there is no reason not to expect the same again in 2017. Gamers, cosplayers and fandom lovers can get together most likely at NMMU Indoor Sports Centre.
We will update the details for Con.ect as soon as they become available.

A MAZE. / Johannesburg

Since 2012, the A MAZE. Festival has been hosted in September, so there is no indication to suggest otherwise. The festival “represents the current state of artistic and experimental game and vr design, alternative games, virtual realities and interactive digital arts.”
We will update the details for A MAZE. / Johannesburg as soon as they become available.

rAge Johannesburg

  • Date: 6 to 8 October 2017
  • Time: TBC
  • Venue: Ticket Pro Dome, Gauteng
  • Cost: TBC
  • Details: Site | Facebook | Twitter

Let’s not beat around the bush – rAge in Johannesburg is the most anticipated and biggest event of almost any year. It returns for the 16th year and on the agenda should be more of what made the previous years as popular as they have been. More esports. More VR. More cosplay. More everything. And importantly, more games. And more people.

General

A few events have suggested continued returns in 2017 but even guessing the dates would be wrong:

  • UCON 2016 was delayed into 2017 due to student protests but no alternative date has been suggested. UCON is operated by the Genshiken Society of UCT and brings Anime, cosplay, comics and gaming together for two days.
  • Canal Walk‘s Gaming Expo should return for year three unless it has been a complete failure over the previous two (which I suspect they weren’t). I am willing to suggest late October again but I won’t bet my life on it.
  • Capegate Tech & Gaming Expo launched in November 2016 and there is everything suggesting it is likely to return again but possibly at a different time of the year. Possibly.
  • LanX (Expo and Gaming Event) is generally in July based on past events but so far there is no indication as to whether it is happening in 2017.

There were a few new events that kicked off in 2016, and whether they will continue in 2017 remains to be seen, but keep your eye on the following (this list will be updated as we gather more information):

  • Geekon who hosted an event in Port Elizabeth in December 2016.

There’s plenty on the agenda in 2017, so local gamers and geeks should be pretty happy and entertained. We will update this article with further details as they come to hand, but if we have missed an expo or convention, feel free to let us know about it in the comments below.

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