SA Gaming News Wrap

If you’re here to read about what is happening around the world, you’ve clicked on the wrong article. This is all about what is happening around South Africa – and there’s always something happening.

Here are some articles by other local sites, as well as a few about South African activities, that you may have missed. If you’re wondering what all the Stasis stuff is about, then you may well be living under a rock. Stasis is a locally developed game that is receiving plenty of positive reviews.


Upcoming Events

We’ve got you covered with what’s happening this weekend, because we care like that. It’s just a pity there’s not much happening.

  • Jukes Club and Esports Lounge is hosting a Mortal Kombat X ‘Spring Cup’ on Saturday 5 September from 1pm. Entry is R60 per player and there is a total of R950 in cash up for grabs. More details can be found here.
  • Looking slightly further ahead, DBNGamers has a gamer meetup on 11 September, GameLocal hits Nelspruit on 19 September and there are a few surprises coming too.

Competitions & Giveaways


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Trenchtown Black Ops 2 2v2

This past weekend we were at Trenchtown to host a flashback tournament – and possibly a final hoorah – for Black Ops 2.

The tournament was a 2 v 2 affair and limited to 16 teams in a double elimination event. A number of new faces joined some regulars which either means Black Ops 2 is he favored Call of Duty with many players, or there is a number of new players finding their way into the scene. Either way, that is a positive situation for the community going forward.

ZG_02It was clear quite early that some of the players had forgotten the fact that Black Ops 2 was pre-double jump and actually a much simpler affair than current iterations have been. Or they were just getting slow in their old age. Some familiar names tumbled into the loser’s bracket early while one or two teams proved to be real surprise packages.

The finals eventually featured the well known name of Astra Infinite and the team that upset eN_F34R in the loser’s bracket final, Doppel. The best of five was however all Astra Infinite as they took the first three maps to secure the first spot and R600 in cash.

Our thanks goes out to all the teams and spectators that supported the event – without you, we would not be doing them.

For the full tournament bracket, you can head here, while the photos from the event can be seen here.


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With the Call of Duty Advanced Warfare qualifiers on Xbox One all done and dusted, attention now turns to the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive qualifier. Matches have got underway and the first two rounds of the winner’s bracket, and the first round of the loser’s bracket now complete, and so far, there have been no big surprises.

Matches will be streamed in the coming weeks as the tournament heads towards the final on 20 September. In the meanwhile, keep up with the tournament bracket here.


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The tickets for rAge 2015 have gone on sale. These are not the coveted LAN tickets but the tickets for the expo itself which promises to be a “wildly fun experience” featuring “gaming, technology, gadget and geek lifestyle” elements, all under the dome of the Ticketpro Dome in Northriding.

The ‘really Awesome gaming expo’ takes place from 9 to 11 October and tickets will cost R100 per person for a day pass or R250 per person for a weekend pass. Tickets are available via Computicket which does make me chuckle considering it is the Ticketpro Dome…

If you’re keen to win double tickets, there’s also a competition on the rAge Facebook page where you have until 5 September to – you guessed it – “win double tickets to rAge!”

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GET YOUR GAME ON AT rAge 2015

Tickets go on sale 1 September 

The really Awesome gaming expo (rAge) this year promises to be a wildly fun experience. As South Africa’s largest gaming, technology, gadget and geek lifestyle expo, rAge brings together all things cool and fun for those who want to unplug from reality and escape into their imagination.

Attracting developers, manufacturers, avid gamers and fans from all over the country, rAge is the epicenter of gaming culture, so put a spring in your step as tickets go on sale today at all Computicket outlets and online at www.computicket.co.za.

Here’s what you can expect to see at rAge 2015: Console and PC gaming, computer hardware and software, geek culture, overclocking, gaming peripherals, gaming retail stores, hardware retail stores, gaming apparel and accessories, local game development studios, eSports events, international game developers, media and creative arts colleges, convention artists, graphic art signings, comic books, cosplay, anime, role-playing, collectible card games, digital lifestyle gear and a whole lot more.

rAge details:

Dates: 9 October – 11 October 2015
Show times: Friday: 10:00-18:00 | Saturday: 09:00-18:00 | Sunday: 10:00-16:00
Day ticket: R100 per person (Tickets available at the door or at Computicket)
Weekend ticket: R250 per person (Tickets available at the door or at Computicket)
Kids under 6: Free
Shuttle Ticket: R80 per person return trip, Sandton Gautrain Station (Tickets only available at Computicket)
Venue: The Ticketpro Dome  | Corner Northumberland Road & Olievenhout Avenue | Northgate, North Riding | http://ticketprodome.co.za/


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Orena have announced three University Leagues which will run over a three to four month period (and are seemingly underway already).

League of Legends, Dota 2 and Hearthstone feature, and interested teams and players can hit the links per title to find out more.

If winning without having to play first is more your thing, then there’s an opportunity to bag yourself some swag on the Orena Facebook page. Up for grabs (by way of the social media actions of like, share and comment) is either a ‘Cougar Combo’ (mouse and keyboard) or an AWP for use in CS: GO.


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The weekend of 22 and 23 August saw the Western Cape Provincial Championships hosted at Fairmont in Durbanville. By all accounts, the attendance from players of school-going age was high.

The results can be found be opening the press link below, while photos from the weekend are available here.

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The MWEB 20th Western Cape Championships that was played on 22 & 23 August 2015 and which was hosted by Fairmont High School, Durbanville proved to be a great success. Elize Crouse proved to be a most efficient administrator, and the problems with which the MSSA had to deal with were unexpected late entries as well as some of the teams not being aware of the rules of the competition.

What proved to be most pleasing was the number of learners that had attended the event. In fact only four events out of the 11 for which there were sufficient entries were not won by learners, and then three out of the four were won by educators.

Of course, much of the growth in the championship is due to the announcement by the MSSA that it will be sending a full team to the 7th IeSF World Championships in Seoul in December 2015.

The strength of gaming at school level bodes well for the growth of gaming both nationally and internationally.

With so many learners more than ably competing with their older counterparts, the MSSA is confident that it will find a great deal of talent in the schools. This talent, will be nurtured in order to provide a more aggressive competitive base in South Africa, which will hopefully be able to be translated into results on the international stage.

Thus it was not surprising to see the MSSA hand out Senior and High School Provincial Colours to no less than 36 gamers.

The winners of the various events are:

CounterStrike: GO – Premier

1 Rondebosch Boys High RBHS 4

DotA 2 – Premier

1 Fish Hoek High School FHHS 10

DotA 2 – High Schools

tie 1 POPOS (Parklands College) PC 5
1 MX (Parklands College) PC 5

FIFA ’15 – Premier

1 Andrew Reeve FHS 3

Hearthstone – Premier

1 Connar Swart Parklands 4
1 Ashley Mitchell Parklands 4
1 Jonathan Hu Parklands 4

Hearthstone – High Schools

1 Dylan Rees Parklands 0

League of Legends – Premier

1 Knights Mind Sports Club KMSC 10

Tekken Tag Tournament II – Premier

1 Andrea Bosch FHS 10

Trackmania – Premier

1 Zander Fritz FHS 10

StarCraft II – Premier

1 Nathan Anderson KMSC 10

Brazilian Draughts – Premier

1 Andrea Bosch FHS 10


Morabaraba – Premier

1 Elize Crouse FHS 6


Videos

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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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