SA Gaming News Wrap

And that’s a wrap on another week in the South African gaming scene. There’s events, eSports, locally developed games and whole lot more in our weekly SA Gaming News Wrap.


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.

  • GameLocal kick things off with a FIFA 16 tournament in Johannesburg on Saturday 24 October. There is R10,000 cash up for grabs for the winner, and the action starts at 10am at Avalanche in Cedar Square. Entry per player is R350 and additional information can be found here.
  • FIFAChamps is in Cape Town with their second FIFA 16 tournament of the month. They’re at the regular spot in Canal Walk (Lounge Relax Play) and have R1,750 in total up for grabs for your R80 entry fee. Be at the venue from 11am or miss out. Additional information is available on the FIFAChamps Facebook Page.
  • Orena are due to kick off their first ‘premium cup’ event with CS: GO Battle for the Throne on Saturday. The tournament will run this weekend and next weekend, and entries for the online tournament are R500 per team. There is plenty of return with the top six teams finishing all in the money. Details and registrations are available here.
  • Canal Walk’s Gaming Expo kicks off next Tuesday (27 October) and runs until Sunday 1 November. There will be gaming goodies on demo in the Centre Court so make sure you pop in, because it’s free. And you might just spot a zombie and friends lurking about.
  • Apex Interactive will be part of the Canal Walk event, while the Gauteng based distributor are in Cape Town, they want to meet up with some of their Cape Town friends. If you’re keen for a little socialising while gaming, you can head to Primi Piatti in the centre at 6pm on Tuesday (27 October) to do just that. Keep your eye on the Event Page for more.

Competitions & Giveaways


Ventus Logo_01DGC: League of Legends

A drama and controversy has hit the recently completed DoGaming Championships at rAge. The Ventus Gaming League of Legends team (which placed second) have found themselves under scrutiny after the team was accuses of fielding an illegal player.

The original statement made by the DGL admin team last week remains open, with very little information being given on the exact details of the accusations, but a Lazygamer report on the matter (via an anonymous source and investigation) reveals some of the details involved.

Currently, the investigation remains open, and the full statement from DGL is as follows:

The DGL team confirms that it received a dispute, during the Telkom Gaming Championships (DGC), that one of the players in one of the Ventus Gaming League of Legends teams was not the correct player on the Ventus roster for the tournament.

The matter was taken very seriously and was reviewed immediately by the tournament organizers. It was determined that there was insufficient evidence to make a ruling at the tournament and that more time was needed for the investigation.

Ventus Gaming was informed at the tournament that their League of Legends team was under investigation for fielding a player illegally and that a ruling would be made once the tournament was concluded and the matter has been thoroughly investigated.

The matter currently sits with the DGL Tribunal Officer for investigation and a ruling will be issued once the investigation is complete.


rAge_2015_01rAge 2015

Continuing with our wrap of what went down at rAge this year, here’s some coverage from elsewhere that you may have missed in the last week:


Blops 3_Logo_01Call of Duty South Africa

The community members on the SA Gamer forums and the local Call of Duty scene are readying themselves for the new Call of Duty season on console.

This will mark the return of Black Ops (3) and the move to PS4 as a competitive standard, and in an effort to start organising things, a thread has been started on the aforementioned forum to collate the names of the local teams planning to participate in the Black Ops 3 season.

Interested teams should head to the thread in question and let the mod know to add you.


Ozone Tournaments ZA

Online tournament organisers, Ozone Tournaments ZA, have announced three Black Ops 3 and one FIFA 16 tournament for December 2015 and January 2016.  The various tournaments will be hosted online and are detailed below.


Broforce

Locally developed game Broforce has moved out of Steam Early Access and is now available on full release. The game is developed by Cape Town based Free Lives and is published by Devolver Digital.

Broforce takes its cues from the past and is a retro-styled run n’ gun platformer with four player co-op that specialises in “deadly force”.

It is currently available for 33% off on Steam.

Coverage Elsewhere:


A Day in the Woods Halloween Poster

A Day in the Woods

Local game developers RetroEpic have announced that they will be updating their mobile game A Day in the Woods this month and the update will include a “free new Halloween season for players to select and play the puzzle game in.”

The update will give each character their own Halloween outfit, including “little Red dressed up as a witch and the bear dressed up as a fairy.”

The Halloween update will be available free to all current owners of the game and will be available on Thursday 22 October, while the game itself will be on sale for $3.99 until midnight on 31 October.

You can grab the content on:

More information can be found on the official website and Facebook Page.

Coverage Elsewhere:


MSSA SA Flag LogoMSSA

City of Johannesburg Regional

The MSSA hosted the 2015 City of Johannesburg Regional Championships at the Old Edwardian Society on 17 October, with the event hosting board games as well as FIFA 15. Up for grabs were Regional Colours and medals.

The results from the event are as follows:
FIFA ’15 – Men

Position Name of athlete Club Points
1st Rowan Batzofin Wits University 5
2nd Jason Batzofin St John’s College 4
3rd Colin Webster Old Edwardian WC 0

FIFA ’15 – Women

Position Name of athlete Club Points
1st Blair Hamberger St Andrews 3
2nd Jason Batzofin St John’s College 4

MORABARABA – Men

Position Name of athlete Club Points
1st Simphiwe Maphumulo Zola Draughts Club 23
2nd Johannes Makua All Stars 16
3rd Sicelo Mbatha Nageng Primary 7

MORABARABA – Women

Position Name of athlete Club Points
1st Boitumelo Mako Nageng Primary 16
2nd Dimpho Phahlamohlaka Nageng Primary 14
3rd Neo Phaladi Nageng Primary 14

ANCIENTS 200AP – Men

Position Name of athlete Club Points
1st Colin Webster Old Edwardian WC 10
2nd Jason Batzofin St John’s College 6
3rd Garth Schoeman Knights Mind Sports 0

Photos from the event can be found here.

AGM Nominations

The MSSA has announced that the closing date for motions, game titles, and nominations for various management positions is the 7th of November 2015, with the AGM to vote scheduled for the 13th of December 2015.

Almost all Regional and Provincial posts are available, as well as spots on the selection committee and management. If you’re keen to find out more I suggest hitting the link below for the full press release.

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With the end of the year is rushing towards us, it is time to once again remind the Member Clubs and the Registered Players that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) is to be held on the 13th of December 2015, directly after the end of play at the S A National championships.

It is at the AGM that MSSA decides upon the titles to be played in 2016, the motions as submitted by the Member Clubs, and the election of those who will act as stewards of MSSA. At such meeting the various reports of the Office-Bearers are scrutinised.

There is little doubt that no other organisation has done as much for eSports in South Africa as Mind Sports South Africa.

No other body has sent as many teams overseas.

No other body has spent as much on developing the sport.

No other body hosts as many games at its championships.

No other body holds as many championships in any given year.

No other body develops gaming at school level.

No other body is fully accredited and offers its membership a share in such accreditation.

And yet, MSSA is run exclusively by volunteers.

All the volunteers give hours of their free time to ensure the success of MSSA and those that participate in its events.

It is therefore important for all Member Clubs and Registered Players to note that the closing date for motions, game titles, and nominations for positions is 7 November 2015.

The following positions will be up for election at the 2015 AGM to be held on 13 December 2015:

Management Board:

  • 1st Vice-President (in charge of development)
  • Board Gaming Representative
  • Card Gaming representative
  • Figure Gaming Representative
  • Member representing Players with disabilities

Provincial Directors:

  • Eastern Cape,
  • Free State,
  • Gauteng,
  • KwaZulu Natal,
  • Limpopo,
  • Mpumulanga,
  • Northern Cape, and
  • Western Cape

Regional directors:

Selection Committee

  • All four positions

To stand for a position for any of the above positions, a player must be affiliated to an affiliated club and must be a fully-paid-up member as at the date of being nominated as well as at the date of election. Any Registered Player who has reached the age of majority may stand for any/all of the above-mentioned positions.

However, a Registered Player may only be elected into one position. Thus if a Registered Player is elected into a position, all other nominations are vitiated.

All nominations may only be made by affiliated members (clubs) which are fully -paid-up as at the date of the nomination.

With such good governance, there is no wonder that MWEB has sponsored MSSA for three consecutive years.


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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