After 2012′s bumper year of community activities, 2013 has a lot to live up to. You might have thought it would take a few months before it all kicked off, but the last weekend of January has a lot going for it, and it’s a pretty varied one too.
First event to kick off this weekend is Gaming Experience. This inaugural event takes place from 24 January and is a four day event at Tyger Valley Centre in the Western Cape. Brought to you by Musica, this event will feature a 128 man FIFA tournament on the centre’s mammoth screen, as well as an arcade (by Indoor Amusement) and a PC gaming station run by Cube IT.
Along with the three playing hubs, visitors can also browse and join in the interactive exhibitions by Game, Dion Wired, New Age Gaming, Arcade Blaster, Home Mark, Mweb, Battle Bunker, Reader’s Den and Mobi-Football.com.
On Sunday, the big screen will be available for all to enjoy. It will be the event’s “open day” and anyone can take part in some quickfire competitions to win some prizes.
For many, the main attraction will be the FIFA 13 tournament. With an Xbox 360, a Kinect, two games and a centre voucher up for grabs, there really hasn’t been a better time to get your virtual Barca or Real out for a run. To register (entry is free), send you name, email address and telephone number to email@example.com. For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.
Another all weekend event is a slightly different gaming event to what most might be used to. The fifth annual Cape Tattoo Expo (or Southern Ink Xposure) will bring gaming into the mix for attendees. The event – from 25 January until 27 January – will feature plenty more besides gaming. It will feature tattoos, music, art, vendors, food, drink and other entertainment. Check out the information we have about what’s transpiring at the gaming here and here. There are prizes up for grabs, and in most cases it’s for simply just taking part, so if you’re in Cape Town and feel like checking out the grand old City Hall, we will see you there. You can keep up to date via the official website of the expo.
The Durban Gamers are back. On Saturday at 12:30pm, you can join your fellow Durban based gaming enthusiasts at Pizzetta on Davenport Road for their first event of 2013. Grab some pizza, play some games and enjoy a “chilled and relaxed” time “just to catch up”.
Finally, MainGaming hosts a Tekken Tag Tournament at Cavendish Square on Sunday (27 January). Kicking off at 10am, this is the third qualifier in the Megarom Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Roadshow and is absolutely free to enter. The top 3 players of each tournament will qualify for the Grand Final to be held in February which has a cash prize of R5 000.00. The winner of this Sunday’s tournament will also get all expenses paid to attend the Grand Final while 2nd and 3rd place will also be invited to take part.
So, a good way to end the first month of the year then.
Also happening this weekend is the Global Game Jam at the UCT Department of Computer Science Campus in Rondebosch. Kicking off with registration at 5pm on Friday (25 January), the event runs until Sunday. The cost is R100, which gets you food over the 3 days. The Global Game Jam is a 48 hour game development competition, which is held simultaneously at a number of locations around the world.
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 Calendar.