The Rand Show has announced the new Gaming Entertainment Pavilion. The Gaming Pavilion brings a Fortnite tournament, cosplay and a whole lot more.

The Fortnite tournament features over R100,000 in cash and other prizes, and features both an online qualifier, as well as opportunities to qualify for the big money playoffs at the venue.

You can get more on the Gaming Pavilion activities in the press release below, while those keen to compete in the Fortnite (which is console only) can head to the landing page for the tournaments, hosted by ACGL.

Press Release:


at The Rand Show’s first ever Gaming Entertainment Pavilion

As the countdown begins to one of this country’s most iconic events, the organisers have announced the introduction of an immersive ‘Gaming Entertainment Pavilion’ at the 2019 Rand Show. The Gaming Entertainment Pavilion hosted alongside numerous new lifestyle, retail and entertainment offerings, promises a massively fun family day – or days – out.  The additions to this year’s 125th Anniversary event have been designed to appeal to a generation of visitors that may never have experienced the show in all its glory.

“The Rand Show is the oldest Heritage event in this country, but many young South Africans  may not have experienced it. We have purposely re-injected on trend content into the experience, to appeal to a wider range of visitors. Gaming is an extremely important part of youth and even family culture now, it is a growing sector and we wanted to make sure that everyone attending would enjoy Joburg’s best day out” says Mike Bray, Marketing Manager of The Rand Show. 

Some highlights of Gaming Entertainment Pavilion!

  • A Fortnite Gaming Tournament with over R100,000 prize pool and other prizes.  Entry will be via an online registration system that goes live on 25 February at

Visitors can also enter at The Rand Show, however this will be on a first-come-first-served basis on the day. There is a 13-year-old age restriction to the Tournament. Any Tournament entrant under 16 will have to sign a parental guidance form and be accompanied by an adult. 

  • A Cosplay Masquerade running on the first weekend on the show. This is a more relaxed approach to cosplay that will encourage beginners to participate.  Daily prizes will be awarded with participants required to do a two-minute skit on stage.
  • A traditional Cosplay Tournament over the final weekend being judged in three categories:
  • The Newcomer category will take place on weekend two of the Rand Show and is open to newcomers, casual cosplayers and kids/teens (ages 6 – 12 and 13 – 15). Past competition cosplays welcome. First, second and third place will be awarded to the various age groups.
  • The Like a Boss category is an intermediate competition. It will take place on Weekend two of the Rand Show. It is open to all, except experienced cosplayers. Beginners are welcome to enter as well. Pre-Judging and skit judging will take place. Past competition cosplays welcome. First, second and third place will be awarded.
  • The Beast Mode category is an experienced competition and is only open to experienced cosplayers. It will take place on Weekend two. Pre-Judging and skit judging will take place. Past competition cosplays welcome.

Entry is via an online registration system that goes live on 25 February at

  • A Fortnite inspired Dance Off Competition will be held with various daily prizes up for grabs.  To enter, participants must upload a 15 second video clip of themselves performing their favourite Fortnite inspired dance moves to the Rand Show Facebook or Instagram pages along with the hashtag #RSDanceOff and #randshow2019.

R 150 gives you entry into The Rand Show (which gives you access to all the halls). Entry into the Gaming Entertainment Pavilion will cost an additional R 20 for a two-hour tour through an immersive environment of Gaming, Cosplay and Dance. There are prizes up for grabs including a trip to TwitchCon USA and for early bird purchases, a Suzuki Swift! The early bird online ticket purchase of R 100 will give visitors both access into The Rand Show as well as the Gaming Entertainment Pavilion. So get your tickets early! 

The pavilion will be open from 14h00 to 19h00 weekdays and 10h00 to 19h00 on weekends.

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