Gamer’s Fest | All the Details

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This coming weekend at Mall of the South, gamers in Gauteng (and those willing to travel) can participate in Gamer’s Fest – a gaming event featuring a 400-seater LAN, eSports and casual gaming.

Entry for players is R350, and all competitors and LAN attendees will be required to buy a ticket whether they are competing in a tournament or not. Tournaments being played include CS: GO, Dota 2 and FIFA 16 and up for grabs will be cash prizes and hardware totaling R200,000.

For those not keen on the more competitive side of things, there will also be console gaming, VR experiences and racing simulators, as well as a viewing area to watch the tournaments, and spectators will be allowed to watch the action for free.

The administration and broadcasting of the tournaments will be handled by nAvTV, and if you’re keen to enter the tournaments, you better hurry because registrations close tonight (Wednesday 30 March) at 8pm.

Tournaments and LAN are bring your own events, but the FIFA 16 tournament will have the consoles (PS4) supplied.

Additional details per tournament:

CS: GO

Qualifiers will be run the 1st of April, starting at 15:00 the afternoon. To get placement into the main event starting Saturday 2nd of April. You are allowed one sub for the duration of the tournament. So that if one of your players still has work, or is in class, you have a sub for the Friday afternoon.

nAvTV has decided to directly invite 6 teams for CS:GO, these teams get direct seeding into the main event starting Saturday.

Invited Teams for CS:GO (Seeding will be done prior to the event):

  • Bravado
  • Energy
  • APG
  • Carbon
  • DC
  • F3

There is a wildcard tournament starting at 15:00 the Friday, where 10 teams can shoot their way to the main event starting Saturday.

  • Prizes:
    1st Place – R30,000
    2nd Place – R20,000
    3rd Place – R10,000
    4th Place – R7,500
    Additional hardware prizes still to be confirmed.

Dota 2

Qualifiers will be run the 1st of April, starting at 15:00 the afternoon. To get placement into the main event starting Saturday 2nd of April. You are allowed one sub for the duration of the tournament. So that if one of your players still has work, or is in class, you have a sub for the Friday afternoon.

SCHEDULE:
Saturday – Main event
09:00-12:00 WB Round 1 (4 games)
12:00-15:00 WB Round2 and Loser Bracket Round 1 (4 games)
15:00-16:00 Dinner Break
16:00-19:00 LB Round 2 (2 games)
19:00-22:00 WB FINALS and LB round 3 (2 games)

Sunday
09:00-12:00 LB Finals
12:30-17:00 Grand Finals bo5

nAvTV has decided to directly invite 5 teams for Dota 2, these teams get direct seeding into the main event starting Saturday.

Invited Teams for Dota 2 (Seeding will be done prior to the event):

  • Bravado
  • Energy
  • Carbon
  • WRG
  • APG

There is a wildcard tournament starting at 15:00 the Friday, where 3 teams battle their way to the main event starting Saturday.

  • Prizes:
    1st Place – R30,000
    2nd Place – R20,000
    3rd Place – R10,000
    4th Place – R7,500
    Additional hardware prizes still to be confirmed.

FIFA 16

Qualifiers will start Friday from 18:00, you will need to be checked in by 17:30.
Tournament will continue Saturday from 10:00.
Confirmation of registration on nAvTV site and LAN tickets will need to be presented.
The Tournament structure will be a single elimination bracket, with the top 4 teams of the qualifier playing on the main stage the Saturday between 12:00 – 14:00.

  • Prizes:
    1st Place – R12,000
    2nd Place – R2,000 + PS4 console
    3rd Place – R1,000 + PS4 controllers + game

General Details

  • Where: Mall of the South, Cnr Swartkoppies Road & Klipriver Drive, Aspen Hills
  • When: Friday 1 April to Sunday 3 April
  • Times: 9am to 12am for players | 9am to 6pm for spectators
  • Price: R350 per player | Free for spectators

We made contact with the mall to find out a little more about the event and had the following response from Chris Austin of the Vodacom event coordinating team. Thanks to Chris for taking the time to answer some of our questions.

With regards to why such a late announcement for the event. We had planned to announce quite a while ago but ran into some serious hiccups. We decided that while a week and half is a very short amount of time for people hoping to travel, at the very least we can put on a show for the local people and those that can make it.

I’m sure it will impact the attendance and we are doing our best to assist people to attend, we have brought in extra security and toilet facilities in the LAN area so that those who wish to spend 24/7 gaming or crash next to their setup can now do so.

We wanted to bring the South something unique and use gaming as a vehicle to demonstrate the Vodacom infrastructure, in particular the Fibre internet we are rolling out in the area. The LAN will have a massive amount of bandwidth courtesy of Vodacom.

It should be an amazing event with a large eSports stage in the Centre of the Mall including a host and full commentary team adding to the sense of occasion.  There is going to be VR experiences in the mall courtesy of our friends at Samsung and a number of entertainment areas for the casual shopper/spectator to come and try out.

I know from our discussions that the Mall of the South management as well as Vodacom are looking very closely at the gaming market and where we can fit in, if the public enjoy this event I’m sure more will follow.

Navtv are handling all of the Administrating and broadcasting around the tournaments. My understanding is that it will be live broadcast on their twitch page and there is full commentary teams and an event host.

The team of Zombiegamer would like to wish all the players, teams and those involved in making the event happen all the best for the upcoming weekend.

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