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.