In case you missed the social media explosion. Yes. The Cape Town leg of rAge has been cancelled. At least for 2017.
While it may be a pretty big shock to many fans, others may have had a suspicion that it might be pulled. Community speculation cited the clash with FanCon on the same weekend as being a factor. The official press release cites “financial and logistical concerns” as meaning that the organisers could not “in good conscience run a rAge event in the Cape that could potentially disappoint our valued gaming community.”
Alongside the above concerns was the technical issues that the NAG LAN would’ve have suffered this year without a healthy cash investment to improve it from the 2016 LAN. Michael James, Owner and Senior Project Manager of rAge, had this to say in the press release:
“Without a significantly improved LAN offering and other important elements such as eSports and playable code for unreleased games, we don’t feel confident that rAge Cape Town would deliver the awesome show we always strive to put on for our visitors and exhibitors.”
While the cancellation of the expo is disappointing, gamers and geeks should not lose heart as there are plenty of other events you can attend in 2017, with a few in Cape Town like FanCon and EGE.
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rAge Cape Town Announces Cancellation of 2017 Event
It is with regret that the organisers of the really Awesome gaming expo (rAge) have announced today that the show’s Cape Town leg – due to take place from 27 to 29 April – has been cancelled.
According to Michael James, Owner and Senior Project Manager of rAge, “While I was happy with the high level of enthusiasm and excitement with which rAge Cape Town was received in 2016 and was committed to hosting an even better show this year, the reality is that financial and logistical concerns mean that we cannot in good conscience run a rAge event in the Cape that could potentially disappoint our valued gaming community.”
James continued, “Last year we said that our intention was to improve rAge Cape Town with more games, new technology, and cool things to see, buy and do. Some visitors felt these areas were somewhat lacking in 2016. After much hard work over the last four months we’ve come to a point where there isn’t sufficient financial support and commitment towards the event to make this a reality. In addition, while we’ve been fighting hard behind the scenes to solve unforeseen technical issues in hosting a bigger and better NAG LAN in Cape Town, we’ve hit a brick wall where the only way to make a LAN possible would be with a significant cash investment. We do know that people have been eagerly asking us on social media about the LAN – a clear indication that this is an integral part of the rAge experience. Without a significantly improved LAN offering and other important elements such as eSports and playable code for unreleased games, we don’t feel confident that rAge Cape Town would deliver the awesome show we always strive to put on for our visitors and exhibitors.
“Based on where we are now, making this year’s rAge Cape Town experience as good as Johannesburg, complete with all the elements the expo needs to make it a true rAge experience, isn’t something we can feasibly deliver. We could host something, but not something of the outstanding quality our visitors deserve. The goal was never to make the event bigger than Johannesburg, but to at least match it in overall quality. Not doing an amazing event damages the brand and the community’s belief and trust in our ability to give them the very best experience possible. There are many amazing and daring companies that have committed to Cape Town (and we thank them for their support), but not enough to make a difference.
“Having said that, there are other events happening in Cape Town this year that are also showcasing gaming, technology and other geek stuff, so I appeal to you to support them. Doing so ensures that they and the entire gaming sector will continue to grow and thrive. We’re really sorry we can’t do rAge in Cape Town at this stage. Please also note that you can get a full refund from Computicket if you’ve already bought tickets.”
rAge Johannesburg will take place 6-8 October 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome.