Area 53. We assumed that it was even more top secret than Area 51 or Area 52… so we tied down the agents behind the venture and tortured the following information out of them. They really gave up pretty easily when we threatened to invade their first LAN with our ravenous zombie horde. If you want to find out if we will keep our promise or not, head to Rygersdal Sports Club in Rondebosch on 17 August.
So, you guys are the new kids on the block in Cape Town. What made you want to run a LAN? Can’t really be for the fame and money that’s for sure…?
We are all gamers and with the other LANs being too far away from the southern suburbs or disappearing from the gaming scene. Discussions around starting a LAN in the area increased to the point that we figured out how we create an event that gamers can go to and enjoy. It is not really about the money but more about entertainment. We have very exciting ideas the future; we can only hope that we have the support of the gaming community to put those plans into action.
Who are the main braaaaaaiiiiiiiinnnnnssss behind Area 53?
It is a collection of brains. Steve is the head honcho and came up with the fabulous idea. Peter, the main avid gamer and in charge of overseeing that the plans are carried out successfully. Devin from InComputers is in charge of running servers and anything on the tech side of things. Quinton from PC MAC is controlling sponsors, advertising at the event and has a computer store on site.
Have you guys run LANs before?
No but Peter, Devin and Quinton have all been involved in various sized LANs over the decade on a personal and professional level.
Your first LAN kicks off on Friday 17 August. Is everything going according to plan in preparation?
So far so good, with Steve on the job and everybody else giving their 110% we are feeling very optimistic!
How many people are you expecting will attend the event?
It is a 100 man LAN and we hope to raise support and fill every seat. That is our starting point, who knows how much larger it will grow! If the support is good and the event is a success we will look at increasing the amount and getting a bigger venue. We have our sights set on the Muizenberg Pavilion which can hold 250 people. Though, that is by no means our final destination. We have huge plans to make a niche in the gaming world in SA.
What games are on the agenda? The usual suspects?
I would say yes to the usual suspects, purely due to demand. We are very keen to try out anything new and different if there is enough interest we’ll try it. We want to make every gamer a happy gamer!
In an ideal situation, how big would you like your events to get and how do you think that can be achieved?
It would be nice to keep it at a steady 300 man event, to ensure quality over quantity. Steve however has a dream to have a massive 3000 man LAN at the end of next year in the 3 Arts Theatre which will not only be a once in a lifetime experience for SA gamers but also be a massive opportunity for PC and console companies to use as a platform for advertising.
How often are you planning to hold events?
Will it stay focused on PC? Or can we expect to see some consoles making an appearance?
We definitely have plans on pulling in the console side into our events. We are just looking for someone who will be able to deal with that spectrum, as our strength lies in PC gaming and not so much consoles. We have hopes that we will be able to achieve this by the first event, if not, by the next. Watch this space…
What’s your game(s) and platform of choice?
DotA and COD are definite favourites. Pete is definitely the biggest game addict of the lot of us. But we by no means stop there; we are all keen on new and fun games. As long as it involves as many players as possible, with enough screaming and shouting as possible.
Thanks for your time – is there anything else you would like to add?
As for our hopes and dreams, we are trying to get involved with MSSA (Mind Sports South Africa) and get ourselves registered as an official club. We want to be able to train and hone the skills of our gamers so that they can compete on an international level. We basically want the event to be an electronic affair of awesomeness!! A place where people can gather for the weekend and we can cater for every gamer possible, from the noobs to the l33t! Of course with food and drinks at great prices so that we don’t break anyone’s wallets in the process. We hope to see everyone there; we need all the support we can get!
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