There is – as always – something happening in South Africa for gamers. Some weeks are busier than others. This is one such week and weekend.
A few local articles you may have missed around the web:
- MWEB GameZone: South Africans’ Most Popular Video Game Sites Revealed
- MWEB GameZone: MWEB GameZone launches three new Battlefield 4 servers
- MWEB GameZone: SA July Gaming Calender – Geekfest, LANS and Tournaments
- SA Gamer: The local simGT racing series gets off to a flying lap
- Telkom Gaming: eSports
It’s a pretty busy weekend around the country (or at least in Gauteng and Cape Town). We urge you to make an effort and support local gaming events before everyone just throws in the towel:
- LanX: If you’re in Pretoria on 2 – 4 July, then this should be your port of call. From 10am on Thursday, LAN gaming will feature tournaments for a variety of titles, while a small selection of vendors will peddle their wares. LAN tickets are R250 per person. Additional information can be found here.
- Gauntlet Evolution eSports LAN: (or GEEL for short) hosted by AxE Gaming takes place at Emperors Palace on 3 – 5 July. The weekend will see some of SA’s top teams competing in a CS: GO and Advanced Warfare tournament. Get more information via the Facebook Page.
- GAC LAN: Cape Town’s regular LAN hosts will be back at Abe Sher Stadium from Friday (3 July) at 5pm until Sunday. A PC seat costs R150 per person, while spectators will need to cough up R50. Details are available on the Event Page.
- MSSA: According to the schedule doing the rounds, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Championship is due for this Saturday and Sunday. No confirmation has been received, but we suggest watching the organisation’s Facebook Page in case things change.
- GeekFest: We’d suggest that this is the big event of the weekend. GeekFest will feature a Mortal Kombat X tournament, cosplay, robowars, a zombie run and plenty more for geeks and non-geeks alike. The event starts at 10am this Saturday (4 July) at Huddle Park Golf & Recreation in Gauteng. Entry at the door is R100 but if you pre-book you can save R20. There is plenty of information available but start with the Event Page for the most important stuff.
- Gaming at Gandalfs: We zombies are busy with a quiet restart of our event activities with a casual (or social, if you prefer) gaming setup at the Alt./Indie Market at Gandalfs in Observatory, Cape Town. Free entry from 12pm on Saturday until 6pm and all for a bit of fun and entertainment for both attendees and vendors. Details on the Facebook Event Page.
- Games On FIFA 15: Games On Gaming Lounge in Rondebosch, Cape Town is hosting a FIFA 15 tournament this Saturday. Details are not yet confirmed so we suggest keeping an eye on the Event Page if you’re keen for some virtual football action.
- Orena: The first of Orena’s ‘Battle for the Throne’ tournaments takes place from 5pm on Saturday. Dota 2 teams can jump in to battle for top spot here.
Competitions & Giveaways
- G3AR: Freebie Friday – Win a Razer Kraken Chroma 7.1 Headset
- MWEB GameZone: Win a 365-day PSN subscription with PlayStation South Africa
- SA Gamer: E3 2015 – Free Games Vrydag [Ends Friday 3 July]
MWEB GameZone Masters Series
The qualifier was marked by a number of forfeits throughout due to team changes, but in the end the grand final still saw two of South Africa’s top CS: GO teams facing off for their share of the R10,000 cash prize pool.
Bravado and Damage Control faced off with the team from DC coming by way of the loser’s bracket, and with a loss already against the opponents in the winner’s bracket semi-final. With loadshedding looming, the final ran tight with Bravado coming back from a 5-0 deficit to take the game 16-11 and earn R5,000 for the efforts.
The full tournament bracket can be found here.
Cape Town based Xtreme Gaming is hosting a holiday gaming event at Blue Route Mall in Tokai from now until 18 July.
The activity is on from 9am until 5pm every day and features a competition on DriveClub (with a minimum entry fee of R35) as well as free play titles.
The DriveClub event offers a prize hamper sponsored by Ster Kinekor and includes a PS3, PS Vita and more.
This is not all about playing games however, as 20% of the proceeds will go to the Children’s Hospital Fund, so go and support a good cause while having fun. Because, that’s the best way to do it right?
It seems members of the organising team have a few additional things to attend to, and like many others in SA gaming, the tournament organisers have real lives to attend to too.
However, they have said that it “will be run eventually”. Keep your eye on the TKC Facebook Group for updates.
The LAN will take place at UCT’s Jameson Hall on 27 November (from 5:30pm) to 29 November and will feature a “100 Mb/s fiber (QoS managed) internet connection & free access to a DOTA 2 Tournament with sponsored prizes from Gigabyte NB and NAG Magazine, and a cash prize pool.”
Tickets to the LAN cost R150 per seat, while spectators will be charged R40 per person.
The LAN will donate funds raised to the Chaeli Campaign which focuses on “mobilising the minds & bodies of children with disabilities”.
You can find out about even more events happening in South Africa in our events calendar. If you want all the news about goings on in South Africa, simply click on the SA flag to be whisked to the most comprehensive coverage of South African gaming that you will find on the internet. You may just be surprised by how much is happening around the country.
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