The gaming calendar should by rights be picking up as the new year has got past its early lethargy. There’s a fair amount happening, but it’s still early stages and we can expect the coming months to be jam-packed with gaming related events.
Weekend One (31 January to 2 February)
The first weekend of February is a busy one, and it bucks the trend slightly by not (currently) featuring anything in the Western Cape.
AXE LAN (#2) kicks things off in Gauteng. From 4pm on Friday until 12pm on Sunday you can get your Call of Duty and Counter-Strike fix at the The Big Red Barn, Nelson Road, Olifantsfontein.
If you can’t make is 100s of kilometers on Friday, FUTball.co.za is hosting a FIFA 14 one night cup online. It’s an Xbox 360 1v1 tournament, and details can be found here.
Most likely the biggest (at least in terms of prize money) event of the weekend is the Johannesburg Afrihost Call of Duty LAN. The tournament is an invite only event and features 13 of SA’s top console teams battling for a prize pool totaling R20,000. The event is being held at The Italian Club in Germiston, Gauteng on Saturday 1 February. Select matches will be streamed live. For up-to-date details, you can follow IventsZA.
On Saturday, InZane Gaming hosts a 2v2 FIFA 14 tournament on the PS3 at Musgrave Centre in Durban. R100 entry fee per team with R1000 up for grabs for the winners, R250 for second place and R150 for third.
Weekend Two (7 February to 9 February)
It’s Cape Town’s weekend it seems.
The Plaasteater LAN runs all three days of the weekend and features a wide variety of games. Tickets are R100 for “normal” seats and R120 for Gigabit seats. More information here.
SiliconIT is hosting a LAN event from 5pm on Friday, 7 February until 3pm the next day. R50 gets you in to the venue which is the NG Kerk in Stellenberg. Event page.
FIFAChamps will be back on 8 February to host their FIFA 14 tournament on PS3. Venue to be confirmed, but most likely Lounge Relax Play, and entry will be R60 with R1000 up for grabs for first place.
**UPDATE** Nope, Gauteng gets involved too this weekend, and it’s for a very good cause. Our friends at ITF Gaming will be hosting a fundraising FIFA tournament in conjunction with Ballers Indoor Football Arena for the ‘Help Save Brogan’ fund. More about the cause and the event can be found on ITF Gaming.
Weekend Three (14 February to 16 February)
It wouldn’t be a gaming year if there wasn’t a dAZLAN happening. From 4pm on Valentine’s Day (14 February if you’re not the romantic type) until 8am on Saturday, 15 February you can head to 290 Friederiche Street in Centurion. Details and pricing on the Facebook event page.
The monthly Trenchtown Gaming Tournament is on and features Halo 4 (2v2), FIFA 14 and Injustice: Gods Among Us on Saturday 15 February. Details can be found on the site in the next few days.
Only one event at the time of writing and it’s a big one. The SA qualifiers for Call of Duty Championship. The online tournament is on 22 February, and teams need to register. NOW!
Repeat events throughout February…
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.
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.