Profiled: Gaming Cartel

SA gaming is currently seeing a flurry of activity at both community and industry level, with plenty of the new ventures straddling the line between the two.  One such venture is Gaming Cartel – the new kid on the online retail block with plans to focus on the competitive gaming market and the products that make it run.

Gaming Cartel is so new in fact, that it’s virtual doors only plan to open this coming Friday (21 September), but when they do, they plan to bring SA gamers some products that have only been available via import.  Some of these exclusive brands will be Kontrol Freek controller accessories and Scuf Gaming controllers with more exclusive brands “coming soon”.  Along with those, the site will also be stocking the “usual stuff” from Comet, Tritton, Madcatz, Gunnar, Apex Interactive (Gioteck and Turtle Beach), EA and Megarom.

The good news is that if you reside in Gauteng you can collect.  The even better news is you will make an old zombie happy if you pick a little something up for him too… Pretty please?

Gaming Cartel is kicking off this coming Friday… what exactly are you guys bringing to the SA gaming community?

Gaming Cartel was founded to bring the best of the best gaming peripherals and accessories to the local gaming community at a more affordable price.

We will be retailing a wide range of competitive gaming products and more on our online retail store.

What makes it the right time to start a venture like this?

If not now, when? Local events like the Maingaming league, Clan Connection and other initiatives like 2upGamers create a lot room for gamers to find their competitive side. We want to be there when they start looking for the gear to enhance their abilities. Also, its nearly Christmas 🙂

You have plans to focus on the competitive console market – what future plans do you have to expand?

We can’t share this now, or what fun would it be when we get there 🙂

Let’s just say, competitive gaming will have a permanent home in South Africa.

For now, we would like to get behind local teams, events and initiatives.              

Why no “casual” focus – surely it is more lucrative?

Gaming Cartel is not exclusive to competitive gamers, but casual gamers aren’t necessarily interested in the best and most competitive peripherals or accessories. For those that are, they will still find their way to us and we certainly have products to suite everyone’s needs.

Who are the main braaaaaaiiiiiiiinnnnnssss (or brain…) behind Gaming Cartel?

I am Ricardo ‘Ricky’ Ludeke, the braaaaain behind this. I stumbled upon the idea when I started looking for personal gear and found it very hard to come by and quite unaffordable.

The South African gaming scene certainly appears to be on an upswing at the moment.  What do you think is needed to sustain that growth?

The gaming scene seems to be community run and sustained.  We need big names to join the party and give the support needed to achieve greater things at every event, tournament or league.

Do you believe the community has a big role to play in growing gaming in general?  If so, what would you like to see the community do?

The community definitely has the biggest role – participation. Without the community taking part, we will never grow into a world class gaming community.  By being more interactive on social media and spreading the word that great things are happening locally. We need more gamers to take part in local events for sure!

Do you get much time to game?

I make time to game every day if possible.

When you do, what’s your game(s) and platform of choice?

I can’t take Call of Duty out of my PS3, how do you do that again?

Thanks for your time – is there anything else you would like to add?

Thanks Zombiegamer for the opportunity.  We’d like people to have a look at our website and the specials we’ll be running.  Take control of the competition with Gaming Cartel!

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