SA Gaming News Wrap

Another week of action in SA gaming has passed, and another week of action is forecast. The stuff you may have missed (or may yet miss) is probably below.

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The four finalists... just one more dance.

The four finalists… just one more dance.

2upGamers got Cape Town’s busy weekend off to a casual gaming start. UCT’s Molly Blackburn Hall played host to around 30 attendees who enjoyed what was dubbed a “mini ultimate gamer”. Grown men were made to dance like nobody was watching to Kinect Star Wars to earn points to their overall score on the night.

Thankfully they were also allowed to kick a virtual football around, shoot others in the head and hit even more others in the head. All this action was not restricted to the men attending, but it was restricted to humans. There was no zombies seen dancing. None.

Both the ladies and gents attending played Halo 4 (free-for-all), FIFA 13 and Injustice: Gods Among Us to go with the aforementioned dancing Stormtroopers. Broken up into groups rotating around the venue and playing the games (generally) as knockouts, points were awarded for placing top four, with two points given for simply taking part (and failing to make the top four in each group).

The winners in each of the four groups were then forced (actually they all wanted to) into one final dace-off to determine the overall winner. The winner being… actually, to be fair, we don’t really think it matters, as the night was all about having a good time. And if there are winner’s medals handed out for that, we reckon it would go to all those that attended on Friday.

Check out our Facebook Album for pictures from the event.

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MSSA WC Provincials Round-up

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Team Adept

This past weekend saw the return after (best estimate) four years of the MSSA Western Cape Provincial Championships. Following a number of delays, venue changes and poor communication with the community, the event kicked off on Saturday at MWEB’s MCave. Attendance may have been hampered by the aforementioned issues, or simply a lack of interest in MSSA events, but Saturday was the day set aside for the majority of PC titles with StarCraft 2 and League of Legends the only two scheduled PC games to feature any players.

The StarCraft 2 tournament featured four players, while League of Legends featured two teams. Full details and winner’s names when we get the press release, but we can report that the team that took silver in League of Legends was traditional console clan ViNCO Gaming. The only other title to be played and completed on Saturday was Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Played on console and featuring three players, the undefeated winner was Brandon ‘Swarley’ de Pontes who earned his colours and gold medal for his efforts.

Sunday was the day off the console – and quite frankly the largest attendance in MSSA history of console gamers – putting the PC community to shame. Split over two venues, the FIFA 13 action kicked off at Games On Lounge in Rondebosch, while the Black Ops 2 games were played at MWEB’s MCave. Over 20 FIFA 13 players took part on both PS3 and Xbox 360, and in the end, the clan Console Kingz took five of the eight possible medals. Mubeen Gaffoor took first place on PS3 and Morne Roman was champion on Xbox 360.

At MWEB, the Black Ops 2 on Xbox 360 drew eleven teams and saw a tough battle, with at least six teams always in contention for gold. Only one team however managed to hold on and win all their maps (although the final map was an absolute cliffhanger which saw them pushed until the last 30 seconds to guarantee the win) in the Hardpoint only competition. Team Adept were awarded gold and their Western Cape colours, with young up-and-comers Team Astra grabbing second. High 5 grabbed a controversial third from ViNCO Gaming which came down to a tiebreak in the Swiss Rounds based on another team’s bye score.

PC Black Ops 2 clan Tank were also awarded colours, as was the Dota 2 team which attended. You’ll have to excuse only half of the information being covered here, but we only have half a brain, so we will have full names and scores when we receive them from MSSA. In the meanwhile, you can peruse our Facebook Album from the event.

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MSSA StarCraft 2 National Team Trials

Like the full results of the Western Cape Provincials, we’re awaiting the results of Saturday’s StarCraft 2 National team trials. They happened – that we can tell you – at Wits and the winner is due to be sent to DreamHack Bucharest which will be played from 14 to 16 September 2013. The pretty faces of the contestants can be seen here, and we will update with names when we get that information from the powers that be.

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MWEB Kalahari Super 8 Showdown

The ladders phase of the Super 8 Showdown has come to an end, but results are being withheld while accusations of match fixing are dealt with. 32 teams on each of the two consoles will be facing off against each other from Saturday 7 September in a massive knockout tournament which will feature teams from previous Super 8 tournaments, GiB Pro-Am teams and teams which qualify from the ladders. Full details of the qualifying teams as we get them.

**UPDATE**

The names of the qualifying teams are in – as are the brackets. If you were playing in the Xbox 360 tournament, head over here to check the brackets. If you were a PS3 competitor, details are available here.

For additional information, check out the MWEB Gamezone article about the upcoming knockout phase.

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TCC Inter-Provincial

The ongoing battle of (unofficial) supremacy between the provinces in Battlefield 3 on PS3 has seen ten rounds completed (by some of the teams at least) and the Eastern Cape team holding on to a slender lead over the Western Cape Gamers [WCG] in second and Gauteng Warriors [GWaR] in third.

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All Otaku Dota 2 Open

The All Otaku Dota 2 Open came to an end this past weekend with a total of R4500.00 in cash being split across the top three placings. First place went to Energy eSports, who scored R2 500.00, while Bravado eanred R1300.00 for their second place and Liberty claimed third and R700.00.

The quarter finals, semi finals and grand finals were cast by Noxville, HellbirD, Robzye and Denz and can be watched (or re-watched) on Noxville’s Twitch Channel and YoDAr_ZA’s Twitch Channel.

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Orena Dota 2 Tournament

Orena has announced a free-to-enter online Dota 2 tournament which will run on 18, 19 and 22 September, and comes with prizes sponsored by NAG to the value of R2500 cash, NAG subscriptions and weekend passes to rAge.

Registrations close on 17 September and teams are limited to 32. You can register here.

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Legends 2up Cup

Monday night saw the 2v2 2up Cup at Legends in Bellville crown “Cup specialists” – and defending champs - The Awesome BornGamers winners. The team of Aziz and Cooper beat the Console Kingz team of Fraansman and Rohan with an aggregate score of 2 – 1.

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Do Gaming Championships

This year’s Do Gaming Championship at rAge will be the biggest yet – at least in terms of prizes. The number of teams participating will be reduced this year, but the prize pool will value R800,000. The exact breakdown of prizes has not been confirmed yet, but the games, number of participants and sponsors are as follows:

  • Battlefield 3 sponsored by EA & Alienware: 8 teams
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 2 sponsored by Megarom Interactive & Alienware: 16 teams
  • Call of Duty 4 sponsored by Telkom: 8 teams
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sponsored by Telkom: 8 teams
  • Dota 2 sponsored by SteelSeries & Alienware: 20 teams
  • FIFA sponsored by Telkom: 48 players
  • Quake Livesponsored by Telkom: 8 players
  • League of Legends sponsored by Razer & Alienware: 16 teams
  • StarCraft 2 sponsored by Coolermaster & Alienware: 24 players
  • Gran Turismo 5: TBA
  • Forza 4: TBA

For more details on the event, head over to Do Gaming.

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GAP 3rd LAN Announced

Gaming Above Perfection (or GAP if you prefer it short and to the point) have announced their third LAN event servicing the Stellenbosch, Paarl, Somerset West, Wellington and Grabouw region. There will be a Dota 2 and a Modern Warfare 3 tournament for attendees. The event starts at 5pm on 20 September and keeps going until 22 September. For more details, check out the Facebook Event Page.

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A few events to take note of:

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All the events happening in SA gaming this August can be found here.

You can find out about even more events happening in South Africa in our 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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