SA Gaming News Wrap

If someone ever tells you that there’s nothing happening in gaming in South Africa, feel free to tell them they are wrong and send them our way.

Just a reminder that MWEB GameZone’s Masters Series is busy with the second qualifiers. The Advanced Warfare on Xbox One is halfway through the matches and live streams can be viewed on Twitch (follow here for times and days), while registrations for the Counter-Strike event are open until next Friday.

Here are a few articles you may have missed both on our site and elsewhere this past week:


August 2015_02Upcoming Events

Not quite the busiest week ever coming up in the country, but at least it’s an opportunity to build up your strength for the busier ones.

  • MSSA On-line Championship: On Saturday 15 August, HearthStone, StarCraft II, and League of Legends will feature in the MSSA’s On-line Championship. For more information, we suggest you keep your eye on their Facebook Page.
  • Ventus Gaming: Ventus Gaming is hosting trials for a Heroes of the Storm team at Juke’s Club and Esports Lounge on Saturday. Entry is free and interested players can find out more here.
  • FIFAChamps: The FIFAChamps return after a little hiatus and will host their FIFA 15 tournament at Lounge Relax Play (Canal Walk, Century City) on Saturday from 11am. Entry is R50 per player and there is R1,000 in cash up for grabs.

CTS 5_01Cape Town Showdown

This past weekend (well, Saturday to be exact), the ground shook as the local fighting community dished out all manner of beatings in the fifth iteration of the Cape Town Showdown tournaments.

On the fight card was Mortal Kombat X, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Guilty Gear Xrd, as well as an entertaining ‘Mystery’ tournament which features a number of obscure and long-forgotten fighting titles for the 16 players to get to grips with.

The tournaments threw up some really exciting matches and the finals were generally real crowd pleasers, especially the Mortal Kombat, Guilty Gear and Street Fighter finals which required a bracket reset after the loser’s bracket winners took the first final every time.

CTS 5_03Cape Town Showdown again proved that they are the eminent providers of fighting tournaments in South Africa, so it was also quite sad to hear that Ryan ‘SAPhoenix’ Williams who was the founding father of the organisation and community will be stepping down. Taking over the mantle will be Nick ‘Ennohex’ Robertson-Muir who will hopefully get to work on CTS 6 very soon.

Results:

Mortal Kombat X:

  1. -_- R500
  2. Luminous – R200
  3. Lindseyboi – R100

Guilty Gear Xrd:

  1. Ennohex – R800
  2. Luminous – R200
  3. PaasHaas – R100

CTS 5_02Tekken Tag Tournament 2:

  1. -_- – R500
  2. HotShot – R200
  3. Tiny_Light – R100

Ultra Street Fighter 4:

  1. Skamanke – R500
  2. Makomba – R200
  3. CrazyGunJack – R100

You can view photos from the event here.

Coverage Elsewhere:


Orena_Galactic Slam_01Orena

Orena’s Dota 2 tournament – the AI Galactic Slam sponsored by Alienware and Intel – saw dankH walk away with R10,000 in cash after a 2-1 win against Bravado Gaming in the final.

We expect that up next for the Orena crew will be their Battle for the Throne series, but to keep in the loop, keep an eye on their Facebook Page.


Altitude eSports_01Altitude Gaming eSports

The second and third matches of the Altitude Gaming eSports invitational CS: GO event have been completed and saw carboN eSports bag the R2,000 in cash after a 2-0 win over Damage Control in the second match. The third match went the way of In-Finity Gaming who beat Altitude Counter-Strike 2-0 in the match.

This Sunday, you can tune into the next match in the CS: GO event, where Aperture Gaming and Veneration eSports will face off for the R2,000 prize. The action will be streamed by nAvTV either via Twitch or Hitbox.


Witbank Cover_02GameLocal

GameLocal completed the first city in their 16 city FIFA 15 tournament this past weekend.

Attendance was not quite up to the number expected (13 players arrived of a possible 512 spots) but that didn’t mean the show would not go on. The final saw the eventual winner Shuaib Hassen come from 3-0 down to win 6-5.

The next event is in Witbank (at The Ridge Casino) on 29 to 30 August, and there is again R10,000 up for grabs. Entry is R350 and there is space for 512 competitors. Details can be found on their Facebook Event Page.


Energy_HotS_01Energy eSports

Energy eSports has announced their Heroes of the Storm team which contains some familiar names on the roster, including some ex-member of the Energy eSports Dota 2 team.

Energy eSports decided to expand to the title as they felt that “keeping up with the growth of eSports in South Africa is a primary goal for us”.

The Heroes of the Storm team roster is as follows:

  • Sakkie ‘RandomHero’ Basson (Captain)
  • Dylan ‘Shanks’ Probyn
  • Justin ‘LETSGETPARTY’ Probyn
  • Peter ‘Fancy’ Long How
  • Chris “Truck’ Austin

You can read more about the new team here.

Coverage Elsewhere:


Stasis

The game developed by South Africa’s The Brotherhood, will be released on 31 August via Steam. Be prepared to possibly stain your pants a little…

Coverage Elsewhere:


MSSA

Team eSports South Africa (for Counter-Strike) will be kicking off their campaign to reach the (e-Frag) World Championships when they face Egypt, Morocco, Lybia, Algeria and Tunisia in the African group qualifiers.

The team that qualifies will secure an all-expenses paid trip to the Global Finals in Belgrade, Serbia where they will play for $100,000.

The schedule for the team’s matches are as follows and the matches can be viewed here:

South Africa vs. Egypt Aug 13 15:00 CEST (BO1)
Tunisia vs. South Africa Aug 13 16:00 CEST (BO1)
South Africa vs. Morocco Aug 14 14:00 CEST (BO1)
Algeria vs. South Africa Aug 14 15:00 CEST (BO1)
South Africa vs. Libya Aug 14 16:00 CEST (BO1)

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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.

Know of anything gaming related happening or happened in South Africa? Drop us an email at info@zombiegamer.co.za and we will do our best to cover it.

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