SA Gaming News Wrap

Another week has passed in the South African gaming scene, and as always, there’s another week to look forward. Here’s what you may have missed and what is on the horizon around the country.


Upcoming Events

This coming weekend offers a good variety of activities, with the Eastern Cape featuring two events in their neck of the woods, while Cape Town has the MGMS LAN Grand Final and GAC LAN to enjoy.

  • GAC LAN kicks things off from Friday (2 October) at 5pm and runs until Sunday at 8am. Entry is R150 for the event at Abe Sher Stadium in Bothasig, Cape Town. More information can be found on the Event Page.
  • Vault G10 LAN is in the Eastern Cape and starts at 9pm on Friday night. The action continues until 1pm on Sunday and is the final LAN of the year at Rhodes University. More information is available here.
  • MGMS LAN Grand Final sees the top four Call of Duty and Counter-Strike teams in South Africa face-off in their respective disciplines for the cash prize pools up for grabs. Spectators are welcome (and free) and the battles start at 9am on Saturday with everything concluding Sunday afternoon.
  • East Coast Tournaments is the second event in the Eastern Cape of the weekend. Ultra Street Fighter IV and Mortal Kombat X are the games on the agenda. The tournaments will be on Saturday only at the Methodist Church Hall in Cambridge West, East London. Find out more on the organisation’s Facebook Page.
  • FIFAChamps are hosting their first FIFA 16 tournament at Lounge Relax Play (Canal Walk, Cape Town) on Saturday from 11am. R50 entry gets you playing for the R1,000 up for grabs. More information available here.
  • ESWC SA Qualifier: Maingaming will be hosting the first of two Johannesburg legs in the qualifiers to send a FIFA 16 player to ESWC in Paris. Registrations are from 9am to 10am at Clearwater Mall on Sunday (4 October). The second Johannesburg qualifier will be on 11 October. Keep an eye on the Maingaming Facebook Page for details.
  • **UPDATE** Plan-g Gaming is hosting a FIFA 16 tournament on Saturday (3 October) from 9am at the Italian Club in Port Elizabeth, making it the weekend’s third Eastern Cape event. Entry is R40, and there are cash prizes up for grabs. More information is available here.

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FIFA 16 Launch_01MWEB FIFA 16 Launch Event

MWEB’s FIFA 16 launch event this past Friday (25 September) kicked off a busy weekend in Zombie HQ – and one that featured plenty of FIFA 16 action.

The launch event at the Mcave in Cape Town saw over 80 attendees participating in a variety of activities with the goal always being the various prizes up for grabs, which included two PlayStation 4s, Proline phones and tablets, Raru vouchers and more.

For more coverage of the event, you can head on over to the MWEB article. Our photos from the launch can be found here, while the photos from the official photographer can be found here.


TT Gaming_01Trenchtown Gaming and Market Event

Our second event of the weekend saw us hosting Halo 2 Anniversary, FIFA 16 and Injustice alongside the monthly market at Trenchtown.

Halo 2 had 12 participants in a modified double elimination event, but by the time the final was played, four familiar names were there to contest for the cash. The final was played over two maps with kills added together and first place going to the player with the most kills over two maps. Almost unsurprisingly it was Pupsky that took first spot (and R250 cash) with 66 kills, while second spot was down to the second map results which saw Keegan pip (JC) Sharp by one kill overall to bag R150, while JC walked away with R100.

Injustice was a king of the hill tournament with the player with the longest winning streak being declared the king of the hill. Warren Green made sure he was there early and bagged the first seat, and after that it was one way traffic as he beat all opponents on the day with a 14-win streak and went home R150 richer.

FIFA 16 got its first competitive run at one of our events, and 25 players participated in the double elimination tournament. Many players were in attendance to get warmed up for the ESWC qualifier scheduled for Sunday, and many took some time to find their feet with the latest entry into the franchise. The top four did end up featuring some familiar names from our events, with Yazeed Dollie clinching first spot and R400, Brandon Bowers ending second for R200, Mikaeel Dollie bagging R100 for third and Mubeen Gaffoor placing fourth for R50. You can view the tournament bracket here.

As always, thanks to the players and spectators that supported us at the event – without the support, there would be no reason for us to be doing this.

You can find photos from Saturday’s gaming event here.


ESWC_01FIFA  16 ESWC SA Qualifiers

Cape Town kicked off the three leg qualifying series for the South African qualifiers that will see one player heading to Paris at the end of October to take on players from all around the world.

We worked with MainGaming SA to make the Cape Town leg happen, and 49 players showed their support on the day, with two spots (one with expenses paid, the other not) to Johannesburg up for grabs to compete there for the exclusive Paris slot.

The tournament (and the upcoming qualifiers) was a home and away single elimination event, so players needed to bring their ‘A’-game from the beginning. While some matches saw the winners comfortably move on, there were one or two that were extremely tense affairs, and even went into an ‘extra time’ decider to get a winner.

The semifinals were all decided by the slightest of margins, but it was Waseem Moerat and Enrico Cottee that secured their berth in the final.

In another close match, it was Waseem that took first spot 2-1 over Enrico to ensure that Johannesburg will see two Cape Town representatives battle for the trip to France on 11 October.

You can view the tournament bracket here, and our photos from the event here.

Thanks again to all the players and supporters for supporting us on the day.

Coverage elsewhere:


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Orena

Orena’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive September Battle for the Throne tournament has been postponed to 17 October.

The tournament forms part of their ‘premium cup’ events and will cost R500 per team. Up for grabs is R5000.00 cash plus “EPIC cosmetics” and registration is open now until Friday 16 October.

More registrations and details can be found here.


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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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