Yeah, it’s that time of the week again, where we try to give all the news from (and about) South Africa another home in our SA Gaming News Wrap.
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Maybe it’s the idea that this weekend is kinda like a long weekend, but it’s a pretty busy one none-the-less.
- Laerskool Edleen LAN kicks off tomorrow (Thursday) from 1pm and runs until 27 September. The LAN will feature tournaments with cash prizes and a seat will cost you R60. More information is available here.
- FIFA 16 launch party at MWEB is on Friday. Unfortunately, it is guest list only, and the opportunities to get on the guest list have passed.
- Wynberg Boy High School is hosting a 100-person LAN in Cape Town. The LAN starts at 11am on Saturday and runs for 24 hours to 11am on Sunday. Additional information can be found here.
- MSSA has two events listed for this weekend. The National Team Trials will be hosted online on Saturday and will feature Dota 2, Hearthstone, League of Legends and StarCraft 2. The other event is meant to be the Eastern Cape Provincial Championship, but we suggest that it is not happening due to very little chatter about it. We’d suggest keeping your eye on the MSSA Facebook Page to keep in the loop.
- Jukes Club and Esports Lounge in Pretoria is hosting a FIFA 16 launch event. It kicks of at 2pm, but details are a little thin on the ground otherwise. Head to the Facebook event page for more.
- There are a few events slightly further in the future that you may want to book in your diary:
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We have a busy weekend this week, which starts with some of us lurking around the MWEB FIFA 16 launch event, and heads to Trenchtown on Saturday and Sunday for two different events.
Halo, FIFA 16 and Injustice all share the venue for some friendly competition. The FIFA 16 has already hit its cap, but if the Halo turnout is poor, we will simply increase the FIFA 16 component.
Details and registration can be found here.
We’re assisting MainGaming with their ESWC qualifier for FIFA 16 on Sunday. The winner of the event (which is the Cape Town qualifier) will see two players secure a spot in the finals in Johannesburg where they will play for the (all expenses paid) spot available at the ESWC event in Paris at the end of October.
Details and registration can be found here.
MainGaming will also be hosting two qualifiers in Johannesburg on 4 and 11 October, so get your entry in before it is too late. Please use the other link for Cape Town registrations.
The breakdown for the qualifiers is as follows:
Our Grand Finale will consist of 20 of the best FIFA 16 players in South Africa. Here’s the breakdown:
27th September – Cape Town = 2 Finalists.
4th October – Clearwater mall = 8 Finalists.
11th October – Brightwater Commons = 8 Finalists.
2 wildcard entries.
This past weekend, Braccianos in Brackenfell, Games On in Rondebosch and Trenchtown in Observatory all played host to FIFA 15 tournaments.
The winners from each bagged themselves access to this Friday’s FIFA 16 launch event at MWEB, along with a variety of other prizes.
Full coverage of the three events can be found here, but congratulations to the three winners, who will be part of an event with plenty of great prizes up for grabs.
- Braccianos e-Sports Lounge: Matthew Steyl
- Games On Gaming Lounge: Fagmie Towfie
- Trenchtown (hosted by Zombiegamer): Brandon Bowers
Our photos from the Trenchtown event can be found here.
CS: GO Second Qualifier
The MWEB GameZone Masters Series saw the completion of the second Counter-Strike: Global Offensive qualifier this past Sunday.
The final three teams played to secure the final two spots up for grabs in the LAN grand final scheduled for 3 and 4 October in Cape Town.
The loser’s bracket final had Energy eSports facing Aperture Gaming (who placed third in the first qualifier), but it was to be Aperture’s second third place finish of the Masters Series, when Energy eSports booked a spot in the LAN with a 2-0 win.
Energy eSports found Carbon eSports waiting for them in the final, which was a best of five affair, with Carbon eSports gaining a one map advantage due to their victory over the Energy team earlier in the tournament.
The match was a very close one, with Carbon taking the first map but only after three overtimes were played ( and a total of 68 rounds). The third map was almost as tight and needed an overtime to see Energy take the win and bring the series to 2-1 in favour of Carbon.
The fourth map was a surprise after the previous ones, and Carbon cruised to a 16-0 victory for a 3-1 win overall to secure third seed at the LAN grand finals.
LAN Grand Final
On 3 and 4 October, four console Call of Duty teams, and four Counter-Strike teams will battle it out for their share of R44,000 in cash up for grabs.
If you’re keen to watch the action unfold live (and win some swag), you can join the teams at the MWEB offices in Cape Town, but you will need to be on the list, and to do so, you only need to hit the link and say so.
Catch Astra_Infinite, eN_F34R, Insane Gaming and Ventus Xero in action in the console Call of Duty event, and Bravado Gaming, Damage Control, Carbon eSports and Energy eSports in the Counter-Strike event.
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Registrations for Orena’s first premium cup close this Friday. The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament has an entry fee of R500 per team, with guaranteed cash prizes for the top six teams.
Teams keen to play can head here.
Tournament hosts GameLocal have again changed a venue for their FIFA 16 tournament, with the one scheduled originally for Pretoria on 24 October now being hosted at Avalanche in Cedar Square, Johannesburg. There’s still R10,000 cash up for grabs for the tournament winner, and entries cost R350.
Players keen to show their worth in the FIFA 16 tournament can register here.
The organisation is also considering a Mortal Kombat X tournament on the 25th of October, so we’d suggest making your voice heard if you’re keen (and in Johannesburg).
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