It’s already past the halfway point of 2014 and while we’ve seen many organisations (and even websites) come and go this year, there’s still plenty on offer from established and the next wave of news organisations to keep you entertained in the South African gaming scene.
For those wondering, we may have appeared quieter than usual on the events front ourselves, but you may not be surprised to know that we’ve been busy behind the scenes on other events (in conjunction with human friends), as well as planning new and improved events that will be our best yet. We’ll be letting you know what we’re bringing next, but rest assured, we’re planning to step things up gamers…
Weekend One (4 to 6 July)
The first weekend of July is the busy one. In Cape Town itself, there are three LANs happening, but there’s also one in Gauteng, which kicks the weekend off.
AXE LAN (#3) starts 4pm on Friday 4 July and runs for 48 hours until 4pm on Sunday. Carnival City is the venue and R160 per person will get you a seat. Details are available here.
In Cape Town, eHaven kicks things off at UCT’s Jameson Hall. From 5pm on Friday until 8pm on Saturday you can enjoy the LAN for a ridiculously low entry fee of only R30 per person.
Sharing a 5pm start on Friday is the 24th GAC LAN at Abe Sher Stadium in Bothasig. For R120 you can LAN until 10am on Sunday 6 July. The event page can be found here.
The third LAN in the Western Cape also starts on Friday. From 7pm, Plaasteater on Bottleray Road, Stellenbosch/Brackenfell is the place to be. The LAN runs until 12pm on Sunday and costs R100 to R120 per person. Details here.
The KZN MSSA Provincial Championships are scheduled for this weekend, however, there is no confirmation that the event is still actually going ahead. There’s an event page for it though.
Weekend Two (11 to 13 July)
LanX actually kicks off on Thursday 10 July at 10am and runs until 12 July. Pre-booked tickets cost R200, while tickets bought at the door will set you back R250. Head to the Joni Bach Sports Centre in Pretoria North and expect to spend your time with around 200 like minded souls. Visit the official website for more.
Gaming World SA is hosting their ‘Prep’ LAN on 12 July. Call of Duty Ghosts on Xbox 360 is the game and platform of choice. Details – such as where, cost and whether it’s BYO – are still to be revealed. [via Twitter]
Weekend Three (18 to 20 July)
The weekend that was meant to host the iVents ZA ‘Step Up’ LAN now seems to even have the Call of Duty portion (MWEB’s Masters Series) in limbo. There remain – at the time of writing – rumours that the Johannesburg LAN leg of the Masters Series is still a go. We will update once we have details. **UPDATE** The event has now been postponed. **UPDATE** Aaaannnddd… it’s back on, albeit at a slightly smaller scale. Full details of the MWEB Gamezone JHB LAN can be found here.
Weekend Four (25 to 27 July)
An empty weekend this one – at least when we were writing the article. Check back and we will update if things change.
Repeat events throughout July…
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 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.