It’s April already, and it’s looking like a busy month for gaming around the country. Every weekend seems to be jam-packed with activity in almost every (major) city in South Africa.
First Weekend (4 to 6 April)
The big event of the weekend (if you play on consoles we suppose) is the MWEB GameZone Call of Duty Ghosts LAN. It kicks off on Saturday with the group phase, and then heads into the play-offs on Sunday. You can watch the action unfold on Twitch or MWEB’s EventStream. Or if you’re anywhere near their office in Parow, you can come and watch it live. For free. Yes, gratis.
Staying in the Western Cape, there’s two LAN events happening. GAC LAN kicks off at 5pm on Friday 4 April at the Abe Sher Stadium in Bothasig. R120 gets you in for a weekend of gaming. Or leeching. Slightly more rural is the Plaasteater LAN. The LAN at the Plaasteater on Bottelary Road starts at 7pm on Friday with seats costing R100 or R120.
In Gauteng, Good Game Cafe is hosting a Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 tournament. R125 gets you in and you can score cash prizes.
Second Weekend (11 to 13 April)
GamersXtreme hosts its inaugural LAN event from 11 to 12 April. Entrance fee is R100 and there’s over R2300 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Head to the Philadelphia Church Hall at 127 Lunnonroad, Hatfield, Pretoria East for the action.
On Saturday 12 April, Call of Duty Ghosts gets even more love, with Gaming World SA hosting a LAN. The venue is unconfirmed at the time of writing (but it is in Cape Town), but will kick off 9am with up to 32 teams battling in a double elimination event. Entrance is free.
Also getting some love on Saturday is FIFA 14. FIFAChamps will be at Lounge Relax Play in Canal Walk from 11am. R50 gets you playing for the R1000 cash prize.
Third Weekend (18 to 20 April)
Liberty LAN is hosting an 800 man (and women) event at Emperor’s Palace from 18 to 20 April. The event will support Gaming for Cancer with a portion of the entry fee going to the organisation. The tournaments will be administrated by DGL staff using their rulesets.
Saturday 19 April is the MSSA Dota 2 Online Championship. Details are only what’s given in this image at the time of writing.
Fourth Weekend (25 to 27 April)
On Saturday 26 April the zombies and friends will be hosting a Gears of War 3 ‘Wingman’ event. Entry will be free with cash prizes, and there will be an opportunity to socialise and check out the market stalls at Trenchtown, Observatory too.
The “biggest LAN in Rustenburg” kicks off on 25 April at 6pm and runs for 48 hours. The Rustenburg LAN Party will be happening at the Casa Bella Day Spa in (you guessed it) Rustenburg and entry is R150 per person.
Port Elizabeth plays host to the EVO National Qualifier. Fighting games are the order of the day at Kings Market as players battle it out for a spot at The Evolution Championship Series or cash prizes. The action kicks off at 10am on Saturday 26 April.
eTournamentsSA will be hosting their Call of Duty Ghosts online tournament over Saturday and Sunday. We would suggest following their twitter account to keep up to date.
Repeat events throughout April…
There are a few events which just keep on keeping on – sometimes weekly, sometimes daily. These are them.
Cape Town Showdown play host to the virtual fighters in their equivalent of the fight club every Saturday from 11am. The beatdowns happen at GamerNET House on 45 Salisbury Street, Boston, CT. Details can be found here.
The SA Forza 4 Drift Community will be hosting events this month as part of their World Drift Championship Series. We’d suggest heading over to their Facebook Page to keep in the loop.
The Cape Town zombie will be hosting a casual gaming night every Wednesday night from 7:00pm at Trenchtown in Observatory, CT. For more details as they break, keep your eyes here, there and on our social media.
Cape Town is also lucky enough to have a number of eSports Lounges operating now. There’s always something happening at one of them, so keep up to date by visiting their Facebook Pages: Games On,Bracciano’s and PS3 & PS4 Gaming Lounge.
Please note, if we have missed an upcoming event, it might be because we didn’t know about it. As much as we pretend to be know-it-alls, we’re not actually, and need your help in keeping up to date with all the happenings around this place we all call home. You can also keep up with everything happening by visiting our new Calendar. We will update both the calendar and this article if new events are announced for the month.