Well, this coming week, we’re pretty sure the only thing everyone is thinking about is rAge. We won’t mention it too much.
Here’s a few local articles you may have missed in the last week:
- IGN: Game Development in South Africa is already a sustainable career option, and it’s only getting better
- Lazygamer: The Super Lazygamer Rocket League Championship: make VROOM for round 4!
- MWEB GameZone: SA Game Dev Interview – Winner Jhb A MAZE Festival Award
- MWEB GameZone: Gaming in SA: Top 3 Battlefield 4 Servers
- MWEB GameZone: SA Gaming Events – October
- MWEB GameZone: CliffCentral talks unscripted, uncensored SA games industry stats
- MWEB GameZone: Why Dota 2 Reborn is Hemorrhaging Players
- SA Gamer: 6 South Africans who made it big in the games industry – and their stories
We mentioned before that it’s rAge this weekend, but we will have to mention it again. There is at least one or two other events happening in South Africa, so if overwhelming masses are not your thing, there’s more palatable options available to you.
- rAge 2015 kicks off Friday (9 October) at 10am and keeps going (except for the evenings) until Sunday at 4pm. You can get all the information you need here, but expect tech, discounted goods, geek products, cosplay, eSports (if you can arrange access to the basement) and more over the weekend.
- Carnage.LAN offers those that have decided to stay in the Western Cape a LAN event in Vredenburg. The R150 ticket price includes the LAN and accommodation, so it should be a good weekend of relaxing with like-minded souls. More information is available here.
- ESWC SA Qualifier: The second FIFA 16 Johannesburg qualifier and the Grand Final which will determine who goes to ESWC in Paris will be hosted by Maingaming at Bright Water Commons. Registrations are from 9am to 10am and you can pre-register here. Keep an eye on the Maingaming Facebook Page for details.
- There are a few events slightly further in the future that you may want to book in your diary:
Competitions & Giveaways
- G3AR: Win a Razer Orbweaver Chroma
- Lazygamer: Win your very own custom-designed console skin
- SA Gamer: Free Games Vrydag – Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
Sales & Discounts
- Raru: rAge Expo Sale
- CNA: Playstation 4 Console 1 TB Limited Edition Call of Duty Black ops 3 Bundle [R6,499 Pre-Order]
- Toys R Us: PlayStation 4 for R4,999.90
OK. We’ll mention it once more. There are plenty of highlights, and you can expect to catch a zombie or two wondering around the venue (and let’s be fair, that’s a real highlight to see a zombie in the wild).
At rAge for the eSports fans will be a number of tournaments with the biggest being the basement bound DoGaming Championship which again has monstrous quantities in prize pools.
Rather than regurgitate all the highlights, we will point you in the direction of those that have already done a fine job of summarizing everything.
- G3AR: Meet Bravado Gaming’s Team Razer At rAge This Weekend
- IGN: rAge 2015: Free swag bag for first 100 visitors to Team Razer booth
- LazyGamer: Will the newest patch affect Heroes of The Storm at rAge?
- MWEB GameZone: Your go-to-article for rAge 2015
- NAG Online: rAge 2015: Highlights List
This past weekend saw the LAN grand finals of the MWEB GameZone Masters Series (MGMS) for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare (Xbox One) and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at the MWEB offices in Cape Town.
Eight teams (the top four qualifiers for each title) played for their share of the R44,000 in cash up for grabs, in front of an auditorium of spectators and viewers online. The spectators at the venue were also treated to a variety of giveaways which included Raru vouchers, a Proline smartphone and Acer 144Hz monitors.
The action was at times intense with many matches being closer than the overall scorelines suggest. The teams finished the event in the following placings per title:
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare:
- First: Astra Infinite – R10,000
- Second: Ventus Xero – R6,000
- Third: eN_F34R – R4,000
- Fourth: Insane Gaming – R2,000
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive:
- First: Bravado Gaming – R10,000
- Second: CarboN eSports – R6,000
- Third: Energy eSports – R4,000
- Fourth: Aperture Gaming – R2,000
‘Local is Lekker’ PlayStation Avatars
Those chaps from #PWND have gone and done you all a favour and made a number of clan, organisation and other local industry logos ready for use as your PSN avatar for PlayStation 4.
We’re not going to copy/paste the instructions on the ‘how to’ of adding the images and using them, because SA Gamer has already done that for you. There are also plenty of logo options available for you in the link, but we will however point out that the sexiest one is the one to the right. Of course.
Readers Den have announced FanCon – subtitled ‘Cape Town Comic Con’. The event is scheduled for 7 and 8 May 2016 at The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront, and will (for 2016 at least) replace the Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) event traditionally hosted on the first Saturday in May.
The move to a new venue follows the increasing popularity of the FCBD event and the space restrictions encountered. The FanCon event will be a ‘ticketed’ one, with details set to follow in the future. We suggest that you can expect everything you got used to at FCBD, just more.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to cover it.